Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Academic Catalog 
2024-2025 Academic Catalog

General Education Requirements

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Every student who graduates from Friends University will complete a general education program intentionally designed to build essential skills and prepare you for a diverse and ever-changing work environment. General Education courses are provided by different academic divisions to provide a cross-discipline approach to developing skills in critical thinking, quantitative analysis, written and verbal communications, and collaboration with peers from different disciplines.

The University’s General Education Program has eight educational goals, each providing a number of distinct learning outcomes, which can be met by a variety of courses and educational experiences. General Education goals are best met early in a student’s undergraduate career, however, there are courses that are appropriate to take in a student’s junior and senior years.

The following courses are required for all undergraduate students. Courses may be titled as listed or may be designated as themed courses.


General Education Goal 1: Intellectual and Practical Skills (1-3 credit hours)

Two credit hours of Friends Experience (GNST 1XX) are required of first year students.

One credit hour of Friends Experience (GNST 111) may be taken by transfer students who transfer 28 or more credit hours.

General Education Goal 2: Quantitative Literacy (3 credit hours)

For CAPS students, course must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

General Education Goal 3: Communication Skills (9 credit hours)

Written Communication (6-9 credit hours)

Courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Course requirements are dependent upon placement.

General Education Goal 4: Breadth of Knowledge (16 credit hours)

General Education Goal 6: Personal and Social Responsibility (3 credit hours)

General Education Goal 7: Integration, Applied, Learning, Creativity (3 credit hours)

General Education Goal 8: World Religion and Christianity (3-6 credit hours)

Choose one of the following (CBASE students only):

Spiritual Life Credits

All CBASE students must complete the required number of Spiritual Life Credits every semester of attendance. Questions about this requirement should be directed to the Campus Ministries Office.

Total General Education Requirements: 43-48+ credit hours

Additional Degree Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science: Students must have an additional 6 hours of STEM courses. The following prefixes only are allowed: BIOL, CHEM, CSE, CYBR, ENGR, FLDB, FORS, HLSC, MATH, NATS, PHYS, ZOSC.
  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Music: Students must have 8 additional hours in a single foreign language. See the Undergraduate Student Academic Policies section under Degree Requirements and Graduation Information.

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