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CCPS General Education Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree

From the 2019-2020 Academic Catalog

The general education 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.

The general education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree requires a minimum of 45 credit hours.

Technology, Research and Writing (12 hrs.) 

GSTU 110: Foundations of College and Professional Success
3 credit hours

This course will introduce students to the principles and tools which will enhance their effectiveness as students and professionals. Topics will include information literacy and research, online tools and the learning management system, academic integrity, time management, professionalism and career development.

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.

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.

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

Prerequisite: CCPS-ENGL 150. Day-None. 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.

Communication (3 hrs.) 

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.

Humanities (9 hrs.)

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.

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. May be repeated when topics vary.

PHIL 105: Introduction to Philosophy
3 credit hours

An introductory survey of a number of perennial philosophical questions such as “How can a physical body produce a mind?” “Does free will exist?” “What is the self?” “Can we know if God exists?” and “Is there really an external world?” Offered annually.

Cultural Diversity (3 hrs.)

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.

Mathematics and Natural Sciences (9 hrs.)

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.

MATH 109: College Algebra
3 credit hours

It is strongly recommended that students have completed one year of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry or MATH 100 in order to be successful in this course. A study of functions and graphs, solutions of equations and inequalities and the properties of polynomial, rational, exponential and logarithmic functions.

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.

Social Sciences (9 hrs.)

LDST 101: Foundations of Organizational Leadership
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.

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.

PSYC 120: Principles of Psychology
3 credit hours

This introductory survey course provides a broad-based overview of the field of psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics include theoretical perspectives, research methodologies, biological bases of behavior, developmental milestones, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, personality, social psychology, and psychological disorders.