Major: Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts curriculum provides core credits and electives for all career-field majors, or it stands by itself as a major or minor. The major sequence consists of integrated studies of mankind and civilization. The courses combine the history, literature, world view, great works, and major figures of each culture studied.

The goals of Liberal Arts are depth, breadth, creative thinking, and leadership development in all the disciplines and areas of the competencies. These are transferable skills that prepare the student for change and never go out of date.

Liberal Arts modules foster student development in each of the six university-wide core outcomes that comprise the CU curriculum. In addition, the Liberal Arts major includes the following major specific goals, enabling students better to “gauge” the world we live in by being able to:

Program Outcome 1: Spiritual Development

The student will develop an understanding of and appreciation for Christianity in terms of its foundations and worldview.

  • The student will demonstrate competence in Bible reading.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of Christian theology.
  • The student will demonstrate an ability to describe a Christian understanding of the world and the human condition, in a contemporary and historical context.

Program Outcome 2:  Communication

The student will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to write clearly and cogently, using correct grammar and the appropriate reference or citation style.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to utilize effectively various media (including images, technology, print, etc.) for a variety of purposes and audiences.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to speak to a group intelligently, substantively, and confidently.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to communicate interpersonally.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with others.

Program Outcome 3:  Problem Solving

The student will demonstrate the ability to think rationally and critically, to analyze and to research a problem, and to propose potential solutions.

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to identify a problem and to restate it clearly and succinctly.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to frame a problem within a particular academic discipline, including, but not limited to, History, Literature, Mathematics, Computer Science, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Science.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to analyze a problem and to conduct research leading to information regarding the background of the problem and potential solutions to it.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to propose and select solution strategies, which may include, but are not limited to, logical/rational, numeric, and/or scientific.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to evaluate potential solutions and to propose his/her own solutions.

Program Outcome 4:  Physical Development (Wellness)

The student will develop an understanding of and appreciation for their God-given bodies and physical abilities.  

  • The student will develop and train his/her motor skills, both gross and fine.
  • The student will demonstrate his/her physical abilities.
  •  The student will demonstrate an understanding of human health and knowledge of what constitutes wellness.  
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to use various forms of physical activity for fitness, stress       reduction, and recreation.

Program Outcome 5:  Aesthetic Sensibility

The student will develop an individual perception of beauty through experience, reflection and expression in and by means of various media.

  • The student will demonstrate knowledge of the formal elements of a work of art or piece of literature or music (i.e., plot, character, dialogue, line, color, shape, texture, dynamics, etc.)
  • The student will be able to identify and to describe the messages, moods, tones, voices, and contents communicated by a work of art or piece of literature or music.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to describe the worldview that a work of art or piece of literature or music reflects, by identifying its characteristics of time and place, political or social setting, literary or cultural convention. Major worldviews constitute Ancient, Classical, Medieval, Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary.
  • The student will demonstrate knowledge of the differences between long-term greatness and popular success, critical success, artistic success, personal expression, and private satisfaction.

Program Outcome 6:  Global Citizenship

The student will demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes citizenship and how various societies have organized and identified themselves across time and space.  

  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of the terms, concepts and histories that explain political and economic systems in the United States and abroad.
  • The student will develop cultural understanding, which constitutes an awareness and appreciation of, and sensitivity toward, the similarities and differences of individuals, groups, and societies - past, present and future.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to apply cultural understanding to fulfill and appreciate their duties, obligations, and functions as Christian citizens in a complex nation and world.
Core Requirements 131
Major Requirements48
Electives48
Minor: Optional
Total Hours127

 For transfer students, please see the Advanced Transfer Core.

Major Requirements 

Required Core Courses
Civilization and World Views: Literature
Communication 1
Mathematics
Social Science 1
Physical Development
Theology Elective
Christian Doctrine
Language
Philosophical Foundation
Creative Arts 1
Culture
Required Courses
AL 107Student Success Strategies3
AL 204College Writing 23
AL 378Africa: History and Culture3
AL 379Classical Greece and Rome3
AL 159Heritage of Faith 23
AL 381The World of Islam3
AL 382The Orient:History and Culture3
AL 384Medieval History & Literature3
AL 386Renaissance and Reformation3
AL 387The Age of Enlightenment 23
AL 389The Romantic Age3
AL 390Globalization3
AL 391Contemporary Studies3
AL 285Historical Methods 23
AL 103Music3
AL 158Science 23
Major Electives
Select 48 elective credits 348
Total Hours96