Mar 22, 2023
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General Studies In cases of transfer of a wide variety of coursework from other institutions or other special circumstances, students may elect to seek a B.S. degree with a general studies major. Students can not earn a minor along with a major of general studies nor can a student earn a minor in general studies. Students must request their general studies programs in the academic year prior to completion of the degree.
- A faculty member will be assigned to develop and coordinate the program of study and advise students in such cases
- Each individual general studies degree plan shall specify course work to be taken as well as the goals and anticipated outcomes for the program of study designated
- The plan must be presented to and approved by the Academic Affairs Committee and the vice president for academic affairs during the first semester of the senior year.
- A general studies major must maintain an overall 2.0 GPA to graduate
- There is a minimum of 24 hours in a concentration of study with at least 12 hours of the concentration in 300 to 400 level courses
- There is a minimum of 36 hours of 300 to 400 level courses which can include those 12 hours required for the concentration
- The general studies program is subject to the same residency and general graduation requirements as all other majors in the catalog.
Liberal Education Requirements
Brenau University and its faculty are dedicated to the goal of providing students with a thorough background in the liberal arts, as well as academic and professional skills which will help them become enlightened and productive members of society. To that end, the faculty developed a liberal education curriculum based on expectations and learning outcomes.
This liberal education curriculum is divided into four learning portals: World Understanding, Scientific and Analytic Curiosity, Artistic and Creative Imagination and Communication and Language Fluency.
- World Understanding Learning
- Scientific and Analytic Curiosity
- Artistic and Creative Imagination
- Communication and Language Fluency
Courses applied in one portal may not be applied in another portal. However, courses applied in the Liberal Education may be applied toward a student’s major or minor.
Students with an A.A., A.S. or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from Liberal Education requirements. This exemption does not does not extend to any other associate’s degree (ex. A.A.S., A.A.T). This exemption does not affect transfer credit. All college-level credit that conforms to Brenau’s transfer credit policy will be recorded on the student’s Brenau transcript. This exemption does not affect any major courses required or any major foundation courses required.
World Understanding Learning Portal
- Demonstrate knowledge of major events and movements in history and use this knowledge to generate a more sophisticated understanding of current events.
Global and Civic Perspective
- Demonstrate a global and civic perspective by applying ethical and social justice principles in decision making.
Historical Perspective - 3 hours
Global and Civic Perspective - 3 hours
World Understanding Portal Elective - 3 hours
Take an Interdisiplinary Course (IC) course [listed below] or take three (3) hours of either historical perspective or Global & Civic Perspective.
Scientific & Analytic Curiosity Portal
- Demonstrate quantitative reasoning through numeric, symbolic or geometric means.
- Demonstrate competency in a specific science curriculum and appraise the impact of that science in one’s life
- Be able to think critically and solve problems effectively
Mathematics - 3 hours
Course taken will depend upon math placement of the student.
Science - 7-8 hours
Students must have a four hour lab science and a second science of three-four hours.
Artistic & Creative Imagination Portal
- Understand artistic concepts and traditions through the experience of artistic endeavors
- Read and understand literature in its historical context.
Spirituality or Self-Awareness
- Recognize spiritual traditions around the world or improve personal and social awareness.
- Appraise one’s health status and implement a plan for health and fitness.
Fine Arts or Literature - 3 hours
Lifetime Fitness - 3 hours
- Women’s College students must have one hour of Lifetime Fitness (LF) or Leisure Sports (LS) or Dance (DA); one hour of Women’s Health (WH); and one hour of any P.E. (LS/LF/DA/or WH).
- Evening/weekend or online students may transfer in the above or take HS 105 (3 hours) while at Brenau
- Nursing and Dance majors have specific Lifetime Fitness requirements. Please see those major sections for information.
Artistic and Creative Imagination Portal Elective - 3 hours
Communication & Language Fluency Portal
- Compose effective and logical written communication.
- Demonstrate effective oral communication.
- Communicate in a non-native language.
- Engage in the transfer of under-standing between people.
Information and Technology
- Demonstrate knowledge of information technology.
Modern Language - 0-3 hours
- Students must have modern language competency through the 102 (or 115) level. It is possible for a student to place out of part or all of modern language via placement or CLEP. Please see the placement information section for specific guidelines. If the student takes 101, that course may be applied as the students communication elective, if needed.
- International Students will exempt the Modern Language requirement with a TOEFL score of 500 or above.
Communication and Language Fluency Portal Elective - 3 hours
Choose from any course in the Communication and Language Fluency portal not already applied in the Liberal Education or choose from the courses below.
Note: Women’s College students may apply a 100 level language as a portal elective only for a language not used to meet the liberal education Modern Language requirement. Evening and Weekend and Online Studies students may use a 100 level language to satisfy the portal elective requirement.
There is a minimum of 24 hours in a concentration of study with at least 12 hours of the concentration in 300 to 400 level courses.
Total Required Hours
A minimum of 120 hours is required to graduate with this major. It is possible that the student may graduate with more than 120 hours based on placement and transfer credit.
Note: Courses marked with an * are Liberal Education courses.
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