General Education Requirements

This component of Concordia’s curricula is a basic liberal arts education that seeks to broaden and develop people who are socially and religiously sensitive, who see the interrelatedness of learning between the disciplines, who are culturally aware, physically and intellectually rounded and more capable of coping with the demands of life. Students in all programs must complete the general education and supplemental requirements.

First Year Seminar


  • History: Hist 115, 131 or 132
  • Oral Communication: CTA 103, 203, 211, 281, 306 or 309 (Teacher Education majors are exempted by major)
  • Composition: Eng 102
  • Literature: Eng 201 or higher level course with permission
  • Fine Arts: 6.0 credits total from among Art 101, 161, 203, 260; CTA 151, 152, 153, 154; any Music course (mustinclude two areas)
  • Biblical Literacy: 6.0 credits from Rel 101, Rel 121, Rel 131 (Academic advisors will recommend appropriate choices;For Degree Completion Program students, Rel 120 and Rel 130 will be taken to satisfy the Biblical Literacy component.)
  • Theology: Theo 210 (For Degree Completion Program students, Theo 209 will be taken to satisfy the Theology component.)

Social Sciences

Health and Human Performance

  • Student must complete 2.0 hours. At least one hour from the following: HHP 100 (recommended), 161, 162, 164, 166,168.
  • One additional course from the following: any Activity course (Swimming can be used only once), any Health Topics course, HHP 182.


  • Must complete one course. Unless a different mathematics course is needed to fulfill program requirements, Math 122 should be taken. Other courses which typically satisfy this requirement are Math 182, 184 or 201. Math 201 can only be taken by students in the Elementary Education Program.

Natural Sciences

Students must complete 6.0 total credits and must complete at least one course each in biology, chemistry and physics between high school and college. The following courses are recommended for students who are not in science programs:

In addition, students in science programs or other students with strong interest may use the following courses to fulfill general education science requirements:

Supplemental Requirements

In addition to completing the appropriate number of courses from each of the areas listed above, students must complete the following in order to receive a baccalaureate degree:

  • Two Global/Multicultural Studies (GMC) courses
  • At least one Service-Learning (SL) course
  • At least one Writing-Intensive (WI) course
  • FinL 100 and FinL 400. These are online courses in Financial Literacy and may be taken for 0 or 0.5 credits. FinL 100 must be completed prior to registration for spring semester of the sophomore year.

Courses that meet the Writing-Intensive, Service-Learning and Global/Multicultural Studies requirements will be identified in the schedule of courses published prior to registration each semester. Courses in a student’s major or minor may be counted toward these requirements. A single course may satisfy more than one requirement.Each major offered at Concordia will provide the following learning experiences in ways that are appropriate to the program:

  • Information Literacy
  • Oral Communication competency
  • Capstone Experience

Waivers and Deficiencies

  • Students who complete an Associate of Arts Degree at another institution shall be considered to have completed all but the Biblical Literacy and Theology requirements.
  • Students who score below 18 on the English portion of the ACT must take Eng 101 as a prerequisite for Eng 102.
  • Students who have not completed two full years of the same foreign language study in high school are required to take Spanish 101, 102, ECTA 170 American Sign Language or equivalents. One course is waived for each full year of study completed.

General Education Curriculum

Grounded in the mercies of God made known through the incarnate ministry of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Holy Scriptures, the general education curriculum is founded on the principle that God desires every person to live out a Christian vocation for the glory of God and the well-being of all people on earth. To that end, the general education curriculum of Concordia University, Nebraska will equip each student to identify, explore and live out a life of service in the church and the world.

General Education Goals & Outcomes

Faith to recognize that we are created by God, condemned by sin, redeemed by Christ, living out faith in our vocations

The student will be able to:

  • Articulate the Lutheran understanding of the human condition in light of God’s Law and Gospel
  • Articulate an understanding of Christian vocation that includes many professions and life roles
  • Respond to God’s love through service to neighbor

Appreciation to value the whole of God’s creation and human experience

The student will be able to:

  • Reflect on meaning in God’s creation through the study of the arts, humanities, and sciences
  • Observe and respond to God’s creation through involvement in creative acts
  • Identify and understand facets of culture at the local, regional, national and global level
  • Demonstrate an investigative spirit in learning

Knowledge to gain a base level of knowledge in core disciplines.

The student will be able to:

  • Gain a broad understanding of key concepts
  • Identify ways in which knowledge is explored and constructed in the disciplines

Analysis to recognize, understand, critically evaluate and synthesize the components of a topic using methods appropriate to the discipline.

The student will be able to:

  • Identify the components of a topic
  • Identify evidence, assumptions, opinions, and perspectives related to the topic
  • Assess relationships among components
  • Integrate information into meaningful interpretations, conclusions, models, or products

Application to employ learning creatively in a variety of settings and disciplines

The student will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills within and across disciplines
  • Employ knowledge and analysis to solve problems
  • Adapt and respond to novel situations

Communication to demonstrate effective communication skills for personal, academic and professional purposes.

The student will be able to:

  • Understand and use key elements of rhetorical and communication theory and processes
  • Create well-organized and well-supported argumentation in written, oral, visual, and technological media
  • Communicate in multiple forms following appropriate conventions and ethical guidelines
  • Function effectively in group settings
  • Responsibility to grow in Christian stewardship, leadership, and professionalism.

    The student will be able to:

    • Assess and manage God-given resources, personal strengths and limitations, learning and life skills
    • Identify effective leadership practices and articulate the relationship between leadership and service
    • Identify and exhibit professional and ethical behavior