General Education Requirements

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.