General Education Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree Guide

Revised 5/18/2016

The general education and degree requirements listed below apply to the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees. The catalog year corresponds to the year of initial registration at the university as an admitted student. Students who are not enrolled for one year must apply for readmission and follow the corresponding catalog year’s requirements. Senior Residency requires that courses taken as a senior (once 90 hours are completed) be taken at Drury.

Technology and Research

First-semester course

GSTU 210: Desktop Applications
3 credit hours

This course focuses on the use of advanced software applications using the latest Microsoft Office software. Students will produce comprehensive, real-world solutions to solve business related problems. Students will utilize Word, Excel, PowerPoint applications and Internet resources. Meets BBA degree technology requirement.

GSTU 106: Introduction To Blended and Online Learning
1 credit hours

An introduction to strategies and skills for succeeding in blended and online learning environments, effectively using a Learning Management System (LMS), successfully navigating educational resources related to enrollment and academic advising, accessing electronic campus resources and other services remotely, and using learning technology to increase student effectiveness in both group and individual settings.

LIBR 211: Information Research Skills
1 credit hours

An introduction to strategies and skills for defining information needs, understanding principles of information organization and retrieval, identifying appropriate library and non-library resources, evaluating information and using it legally and ethically. Knowledge and skills acquired apply to research for classroom purposes and for personal needs. Course must be completed prior to sophomore standing. Required for all bachelor degrees.

Met by an AA degree

ENGL 150: Composition
3 credit hours

Writing course designed to develop students’ abilities to write in a variety of modes for a wide range of purposes.

Communication and Humanities

Met by an AA degree

ENGL 207: Expository Writing: Art of the Essay
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ENGL 150
Expository Writing provides students with valuable opportunities to write in a wide variety of modes of nonfiction, including narrative essays, film and book reviews, cultural analyses and journalistic essays. Students read and discuss published nonfiction and participate in workshops where they respond to one another’s writing in small groups. The workshop format enables students to respond to issues of form, purpose, voice, and audience.

COMM 211: Presentational Speaking
3 credit hours

Principles and practice of effective oral communication. This course focuses on researching, composing, and delivering formal and informal presentations. Topics include ethics and public speaking, listening, research, analyzing and adapting to audiences, message construction, outlining, delivery of messages, effective use of visual aids, and critically evaluating public address. The course emphasizes informative and persuasive speaking. Designed for students who seek to improve speaking and critical thinking skills.

OR

COMM 220: Business Communication and Writing
3 credit hours

Topics considered in this course include basic principles of effective oral and written communication, a brief survey of standard English grammar and usage, and the forms and styles of business correspondence.

Choose two humanities courses:

Met by an AA degree

ARTH 151: History of Art and Architecture I
3 credit hours

An analytical survey of western traditions in art and architecture from the Paleolithic through the Middle Ages, including such periods and styles as Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Early Christian, Romanesque and Gothic. Analysis of these traditions develops an awareness of non-western traditions.

ARTH 152: History of Art and Architecture II
3 credit hours

An analytical survey of western traditions in art and architecture from the Renaissance to the present, including such periods and styles as Baroque, Neoclassical, Romanticism, Modern and Contemporary. Analysis of these traditions develops an awareness of non-western traditions.

COMM 285: Communication and Ethics
3 credit hours

Introduction to ethics in communication studies. Students examine conceptual perspectives for understanding and evaluating communication ethics in interpersonal relationships, small groups, organizations and intercultural contexts. This course is designed to stimulate the moral imagination, reveal ethical issues inherent in communication and provide resources for making and defending choices on ethical grounds.

ENGL 200: Literature Matters
3 credit hours

One of three foundational courses for majors and potential majors in English, Literature Matters introduces students to a central set of problems in contemporary literary studies (for example, Identity and Empire, Shakespeare to Ondaatje). The course includes important canonical works as well as neglected or emerging writers. There is a focus on how to read and understand literature; how reading and writing literature influence identity, meaning, and value; and how to develop strategies for reading, discussing, and writing about literary works. Attention is also given to narrative structure. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course in the spring semester of their freshman or sophomore year. Offered spring semester.

ENGL 202: British Literature II: Nineteenth Century through the Present
3 credit hours

This course introduces students to major writings from the past 200 years of British writing, with particular attention to close-reading and appreciation. The course often pursues a single theme, genre or motif through the readings.

ENGL 204: American Literature II: 1865-1980
3 credit hours

This course introduces students to major texts of late-nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, with particular attention to modernist and postmodernist writing.

HIST 101: United States History to 1865
3 credit hours

A broad survey of the major political and social developments from the time of Columbus to the Civil War. Offered fall semester.

HIST 102: United States History, 1865 to Present
3 credit hours

A broad survey of the major political and social developments from the Civil War to the present. Offered spring semester.

HIST 107: World History to 1500
3 credit hours

A survey of world history with a focus on the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence.

HIST 108: World History from 1500
3 credit hours

A broad survey of world history from 1500 to present. Exploration of various modern world cultures with a focus on connections and conflicts between them.

MUSC 115: Introduction to Western Music
3 credit hours

An introductory course in the music of our western culture for non-music majors. Learning how to listen to music and acquiring a basic knowledge of the musician’s technique and vocabulary.

PHIL 201: Introduction to Philosophy
3 credit hours

A comparative and critical study of the major philosophic positions with a view to developing the analytic, synthetic and speculative dimensions of philosophical methods.

RELG 109: Introduction to the Study of Religion
3 credit hours

Religion and religious ideas are central to all cultures and societies, including our own. This course will look at the broad range of cultural forms we have come to call religion, examine how these forms shape cultures and societies, and finally, by examining what these forms have in common and how they differ, we will determine what it is we study when we study religion.

RELG 203: Introduction to the Bible
3 credit hours

An introductory study of the Hebrew scriptures and the Christian New Testament with attention to the literature of these sacred texts, the historical circumstances of their development and the methods of textual interpretation.

RELG 204: Introduction to History of Christianity
3 credit hours

An introductory survey of the history of Christianity. Attention is given to the Early Church Fathers, the Medieval era, the Reformation, the church’s response to the Enlightenment and the Contemporary period.

RELG 205: The Life and Teachings of Jesus
3 credit hours

A study of the person, work and teaching of Jesus as reflected in the Biblical records with some attention given to later and current interpretations of His life.

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I
3 credit hours

For beginners. Designed to develop, with SPAN 102, an elementary proficiency in Spanish. This course provides instruction for and assesses students' reading, writing, speaking and listening and provides an introduction to the cultures and cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SPAN 101. 
A continuation of SPAN 101, designed to continue the development of an elementary proficiency for producing and comprehending the Spanish language. This course provides instruction for and assesses students’ reading, writing, speaking, listening and develops students’ knowledge of the cultures and cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 103: Tools of Elementary Spanish I
3 credit hours

For beginners. Designed to develop, with SPAN 104, an elementary proficiency in three of the five language and cultural skills covered in Spanish 101. This course provides instruction for and assesses of at least three of the following areas: students' reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Spanish and cultures and cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world.

SPAN 104: Tools of Elementary Spanish II
3 credit hours

A continuation of SPAN 103, designed to continue the development of an elementary proficiency in three of the five language and cultural skills covered in SPAN 102. This course provides instruction for and assesses at least three of the following areas: students' reading, writing, speaking, and listening in Spanish and cultures and cultural practices of the Spanish-speaking world.

Cultural Diversity

SOCI 316: Minority Groups
3 credit hours

Examines the process of adjustment of various ethnic and cultural groups to life in the United States. Some consideration to world ethnic situations. Meets cultural diversity requirement.

GLST 201: Global Awareness and Cultural Diversity
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ENGL 150 and LIBR 211
Students develop cultural analysis skills by examining representative examples of the world’s cultures. Students become familiar with specific cultures by examining: a) nonmaterial culture (religious beliefs, social values and norms); b) material cultures (arts, way of life, technology, etc.); and c) specific cultural and social issues. This examination helps students cultivate an empathetic and thoughtful understanding of other cultures and people and develop active methods of promoting human equality at a personal and societal level. This course provides a framework for understanding cultures and peoples. Meets cultural diversity requirement.

OR

SOCI 354: Native American Cultures
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: SOCI 101. 
Students will use the skills of cultural analysis to examine Native American cultures. The course will provide an in depth examination of the original inhabitants in the Americas. Meets cultural diversity requirement.

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Met by an AA degree

MATH 109: College Algebra
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: MATH 100 or one year of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry.
A study of functions and graphs, solutions of equations and inequalities and the properties of polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions.

or higher

Choose one science course:

Met by an AA degree

BIOL 100: Principles of Biology
3 credit hours

This course provides an introduction to basic scientific terminology, biology, and chemistry. It is designed to prepare students for more rigorous science curriculum. Will not satisfy biology major requirements. General education requirement for non-science majors.

BIOL 102: General Biology
4 credit hours

This course will provide students with an overview of biology from cellular structure to classification of organisms. This course will also introduce basic ecological principles.

BIOL 130: Introduction to Bio-Medical Sciences
3 credit hours

Biology 130 will teach students the basic biological principles of nutrition, pathophysiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and control of infectious disease as it relates to health and disease in humans.

CHEM 103: Fundamentals of Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 100. 
A terminal course dealing with fundamentals and basic concepts of chemistry primarily designed for general college students, as well as those in specialized programs such as nursing. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 107: General Chemistry I
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 109. 
Development of the modern concepts dealing with the behavior of matter, kinetic theory, atomic theory, chemical bonding and periodic classification. Three lectures and one laboratory period. Held only on Springfield campus and St. Robert campus.

PHYS 100: Earth Science
3 credit hours

The earth in space, its atmosphere, oceans and the development of landforms by geologic agents. The course objective is to develop awareness of the physical processes that have and will shape the earth and of humanity’s effect on these processes.

PHYS 111: Physical Science
3 credit hours

This course is designed to give the non-science major an understanding of the methods and significance of the physical sciences by concentrating on selected topics from physics and astronomy. Three hours lecture/demonstrations per week.

Choose two additional math or science courses:

Met by an AA degree

MATH 100: Intermediate Algebra
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: pre-algebra or beginning algebra in high school or college. 
The traditional topics of intermediate algebra through quadratic equations and functions.

MATH 101: Fundamental Mathematical Concepts I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: one year of high school algebra or MATH 100
Development of the number systems — whole numbers through real numbers. Problem-solving strategies, functions, elementary logic and set theory are included.

MATH 102: Fundamental Mathematical Concepts II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 101
An introduction to geometric concepts, measurement, probability, statistics and basic computer concepts.

MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: One year of high school algebra. 
A course to acquaint the student with the basic ideas and language of statistics including such topics as descriptive statistics; correlation and regression, basic experimental design, elementary probability, binomial and normal distributions, estimation, and tests of hypotheses and analysis of variance.

MATH 201: Mathematics for Social Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 109. 
Topics from finite mathematics and calculus with applications in the social sciences.

MATH 231: Calculus I
4 credit hours

Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and one semester of high school trigonometry. 
A study of the fundamental principles of analytic geometry and calculus with emphasis on differentiation.

BIOL 100: Principles of Biology
3 credit hours

This course provides an introduction to basic scientific terminology, biology, and chemistry. It is designed to prepare students for more rigorous science curriculum. Will not satisfy biology major requirements. General education requirement for non-science majors.

BIOL 102: General Biology
4 credit hours

This course will provide students with an overview of biology from cellular structure to classification of organisms. This course will also introduce basic ecological principles.

BIOL 130: Introduction to Bio-Medical Sciences
3 credit hours

Biology 130 will teach students the basic biological principles of nutrition, pathophysiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and control of infectious disease as it relates to health and disease in humans.

CHEM 103: Fundamentals of Chemistry
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 100. 
A terminal course dealing with fundamentals and basic concepts of chemistry primarily designed for general college students, as well as those in specialized programs such as nursing. Three lecture hours per week.

CHEM 107: General Chemistry I
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 109. 
Development of the modern concepts dealing with the behavior of matter, kinetic theory, atomic theory, chemical bonding and periodic classification. Three lectures and one laboratory period. Held only on Springfield campus and St. Robert campus.

PHYS 100: Earth Science
3 credit hours

The earth in space, its atmosphere, oceans and the development of landforms by geologic agents. The course objective is to develop awareness of the physical processes that have and will shape the earth and of humanity’s effect on these processes.

PHYS 111: Physical Science
3 credit hours

This course is designed to give the non-science major an understanding of the methods and significance of the physical sciences by concentrating on selected topics from physics and astronomy. Three hours lecture/demonstrations per week.

Social Sciences

Met by an AA degree

PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the United States
3 credit hours

Introduction to the theories, constitutional bases, functions and government structures of the U.S. political system in relation to the global political environment. Emphasis on national politics and linkages with state, local and international governments, including an emphasis on Missouri and current issues in domestic and foreign policy.

Choose three social science courses:

Met by an AA degree

CRIM 102: Introduction to Criminology
3 credit hours

A survey course designed to provide a general theoretical understanding of crime problems in the U.S. The basic sources of crime, the justice machinery and society’s reaction to crime are examined.

ECON 210: Principles of Microeconomics
3 credit hours

An introduction to the theory of markets. The course will examine the determination of product and resource prices; the theory of the firm, the role of competition, the impact of monopoly, externalities and government regulation; international economic relations.

ECON 211: Principles of Macroeconomics
3 credit hours

An introduction to the theories that explain the performance of the overall economy. The course will explore the determination of the level of employment, output and the price level; the monetary and banking systems; problems and policies of economic instability, inflation and growth and principles of economic development; other economic systems.

EDUC 205: Diversity and Social Justice in Education
3 credit hours

This course focuses on issues of diversity, oppression and social justice. It is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to be knowledgeable of biases based on race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, social and economic status, political ideology, disability and how these contribute to discrimination and oppression. Students will learn about diverse cultures, family structures, roles, immigration and assimiliation experiences of marginalized groups. Students will also learn about the influence of dominant culture on these diverse and marginalized groups. Additionally, this course will examine the adaptive capabilities and strenghts of these marginalized groups and how such capabilities and strengths can be used in effective educational settings. The course will assist pre-service teachers in understanding the complex nature and dynamics of social opppression, diversity and social functioning. Students will explore their own personal values, beliefs, and behaviors that may limit their ability to effectively interact in education settings with people of diverse backgrounds, in particular, disadvantaged and oppressed persons. Themes include justice, suffering, the role of the government, poverty, and society's response to them. Initiatives and response of both secular and faith-based groups to injustices in the past (e.g. Civil Rights, abolitionism), will be examined.

EMMT 101: Introduction to Emergency Management Principle and Practice
3 credit hours

This course provides students with insight into the profession of emergency management, its history, principles, participants, functions, structure, and future. This course includes concepts related to accreditation of emergency management programs, professional associations, and professional credentials.

GEOG 109: World Regional Geography I
3 credit hours

Introduction to culture, natural resources, and modern geographical problems facing the realms of the Americas, Europe and Southwest Asia/North Africa.

GEOG 110: World Regional Geography II
3 credit hours

Examination of the characteristics and contemporary issues facing the realms of South Asia, Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific nations.

LDST 101: Foundations of Leadership Studies
3 credit hours

General introduction to, and analysis of, historical and current theories of leadership. Study of leadership process involving interaction of leaders and followers in organizational settings such as public/private, profit and nonprofit.

LEGA 110: Introduction to Law and Legal Reasoning
3 credit hours

The survey of law includes extensive study of the judicial branches of government, including the function of judge, jury, plaintiff and defendant. The course also looks at substantive law, and provides an introduction to the process of applying legal rules to specific factual situations.

MGMT 103: Business Foundations
3 credit hours

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of business enterprise and economics. Introduction to the functions of a business organization. Basic research methods, written and oral reports, discussion of current business, and economic developments. Global business awareness.

PADM 101: Introduction to Public Administration
3 credit hours

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of public administration in the American system of government, apply management and organizational theory to the public setting, and illustrate the work life of a public administrator through simulations and case studies. The course will examine the foundations, organization, ethics, financing and management of this administrative responsibility. Students of the course will be required to attend various meetings in their community associated with public administration.

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology
3 credit hours

This is a survey course providing a study of the behavior of living organisms, particularly human behavior. Typical problems are methods and measurement in psychology, theoretical systems, learning, motivation, perception, personality and psychopathology.

SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
3 credit hours

An analysis of factors that are significant in the development of people as social beings. Consideration is given to the social group and culture as factors in this process.

Major Requirements

See academic catalog

Electives

Electives may be required if the gen-ed and major requirements do not add up to 124 hours.

Other Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 124 credit hours
  • A minimum of 36 credit hours must be 300- or 400-level.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0