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General Education Distribution Requirements

Washburn’s General Education Distribution program is designed to provide all students with a breadth of knowledge across all the Student Learning Outcomes and the traditional areas of

  1. Arts and Humanities;
  2. Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics; and
  3. Social Sciences.

Completion of a minimum of nine hours (actual number depends on baccalaureate degree) is required in each of the three General Education Distribution groupings: Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences to receive a baccalaureate degree (see Specific Degree Requirements below).

For associate degrees other than the associate of science, completion of a minimum of six hours (actual number depends on associate degree) is required in each of the groupings to receive an associate degree. For the associate of science degree a student must complete a minimum of 3 hours from Arts and Humanities, minimum of six hours in Natural Sciences and Mathematics (which includes the university math requirement), and a minimum of three hours in the Social Sciences. Distribution of the remaining hours will be determined by the department/program. A student must have a total of 18 hours of general education from the distribution groups for the associate of science degree. Where an associate degree specifies two or more courses in a distribution grouping, at least two of those courses must be taken in different disciplines within the grouping.

The individual student should check with the major department; in many cases, courses required by the major department in correlated areas will fulfill some of the General Education Distribution requirements.

General Education Distribution Approved Subject Areas/Designated Student Learning Outcomes and Specific Courses

Arts and Humanities (GEHU)

Art (GECP)
COM
2D Design: Digital Elements
CCT
Survey of Art History, Prehistoric to Medieval
Survey of Art History, Renaissance to Contemporary
Drawing I
Drawing II
Ceramics I
Ancient Art
Development of Modern Art
Twentieth Century Art
GED
Introduction to Art
Medieval/Renaissance Art History
Art of Africa
Art of Asia
Communication
COM
Introduction to Communication Studies
Public Speaking
Persuasive Speaking
CCT
Interpersonal Communication
English 1, 2
COM
Academic Reading & Research
Understanding Short Fiction
Film Appreciation
Beginning Poetry Writing
Beginning Nonfiction Writing
Professional Writing
Beginning Fiction Writing
CCT
Introduction to English Studies
Masterpieces of American Literature
Medieval Popular Culture
Mystery Literature
Introduction to Literature
Kansas Literature
Shakespearean Afterlives
Science Fiction
Fantasy
Film Appreciation
Literature & Film
Mythologies in Literature
Sexuality & Literature
Women & Literature
Introduction to Film Studies
Literature of American West
GED
Multicultural American Literature
Stories Around the World
Honors
CCT
Seminar Humanities Fine Arts
Seminar Humanities Fine Arts
Interdisciplinary Studies
CCT
Women and Popular Culture
GED
Introduction to Women's Studies
ILT
Library Research Strategies 3
Mass Media
ILT
Introduction to Mass Media
Sports and the Media
Modern Language 4
GED
Beginning Foreign Language II
Beginning French II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Contemporary French Civilization
French Literature in Translation
French Fiction and Films
Beginning German II
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German II
Contemp German Civilization
German Lit in Translation
Beginning Japanese II
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Japanese II
Beginning Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Contemporary Hispanic Culture
Hispanic Narrative in Translation
Hispanic Culture thru Film
Music (GECP)
CCT
Enjoyment of Music
Jazz History
Movies & Music
Introduction to World Music and its History
History of American Rock & Roll
Music and the Brain
GED
Music and Religion
Music, Politics, Soc Comment.
COM
Fundamentals of Music Theory
Philosophy
CCT
Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking
Corrupting the Youth: Ancient Greek Philosophy
I think therefore I Am? Modern Philosophy 1600-1800
Introduction to Buddhist Philosophy
Existence of God
GED
Introduction to Philosophy
Ethics: Introduction to Moral Problems
Philosophy of Love & Sex
Creation, Evolution, Morality
Medical Ethics
Professional Ethics
Philosophy of Law
QSR
Symbolic Logic
Religion
CCT
Existence of God
GED
Introduction to Religion
World Religions
Introduction to Jewish Scriptures
Introduction to Christian Scriptures
Theatre (GECP)
COM
Voice, Diction & Interpretation
Acting I
CCT
Drama Classics on Video
and Drama Classics on Video
Introduction to Theatre
Early Theatre History (Origins to 18th century)
Late Theatre History (18th century to contemporary)
Contemporary Theatre

Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics (GENS)

Astronomy
QSR
Introduction to Astronomy/Cosmology
Introduction to Astronomy - Solar System
Life in the Universe
Biology
CCT
Introduction to Biology
General Cellular Biology
Introduction to Forensic Biology
GED
Human Impact on the Environment
QSR
Introductory Biology Laboratory
Evolution
Biology of Behavior
Chemistry
CCT
Introduction to Forensic Chemistry
QSR
Chemistry in Context
General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry
RN-BSN General, Organic, Bio Chemistry
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
Chemistry of Food and Cooking
Computer Information Sciences
ILT
Computer Concepts and Applications
Introduction to Computer Science
Geology
QSR
Physical Geology
Historical Geology
Honors
CCT
Seminar Physical Science & Mathematics
Seminar Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Interdisciplinary Studies
ILT
Library Research Strategies 1
Mathematics 2
QSR
Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus
Topics in Trigonometry and Introduction to Calculus
Statistics
Applied Calculus I
Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
Physics
QSR
Introduction to Physics
Physics for Health Professions
Physical Science
Meteorology
Physical Science for Elementary Educators
Biological Physics for the Health and Life Sciences
College Physics I
General Physics I

Social Sciences (GESS) 

African American and African Diaspora Studies
GED
Introduction to Critical Race & Ethnic Studies
Anthropology
CCT
Introduction to Archaeology
GED
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
QSR
Biological Anthropology
Introduction to Forensic Science
Economics
QSR
Introduction to Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Geography
GED
Introduction to Geography
World Regional Geography
History
CCT
Introduction to World Music and its History
History of the United States through the Civil War
History of the United States since the Civil War
American Revolutionary Period, 1763-1789
Making of Modern America, 1880-1920
Anabaptism: The Radical Reformation and Beyond
GED
Survey of Early World History
Changing World History: Traditions and Transitions
Modern World History
Civilization of Ancient Rome
Victorian Britain, c. 1830-WWI
Borderlands and Beyond
Honors
CCT
Seminar in the Social Sciences
Seminar in the Social Sciences
Interdisciplinary Studies
GED
Kansas Studies
ILT
Library Research Strategies 1
Kinesiology
CCT
Wellness Concepts and Applications
Leadership
CCT
Exploring the Concept of Leadership
Political Science
CCT
Introduction to International Politics
Introduction to the American Legal System
GED
The Government of the United States
Kansas and the U.S., State and Local Government
Governments of the World: Comparative Politics
Psychology
CCT
Basic Concepts in Psychology
Cognition
Music and the Brain
GED
Psychology of Infancy and Childhood
Adolescent Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
ILT
Psychology of Adulthood and Aging
Sociology
CCT
Social Problems
GED
Introduction to Sociology