Bridge General Education Program: Categories & Courses

First-Year Seminar
GEN101Pathway to the Bridge2
Cornerstone 1
GEN199WI:Discovering Self in the Universe3
Academic Writing 1
EN111Academic Writing and Research I3
or EN221 Honors Argument: Rhetoric & Research
Quantitative Analysis 1
Select one of the following:3-4
Experimental Design & Statistics
Quantitative Business Concepts
Business Statistics & Probability
Computer Programming I
Introduction to Statistical Thinking
Modern Mathematical Concepts II
College Algebra
Precalculus
Calculus I
Linear Algebra
Discrete Mathematics
History 1
Select one of the following:3
U.S. History Survey I
U.S. History Survey II
World History Survey I
World History Survey II
Literature 1
Select one of the following:3
American Literature Before 1865
American Literature Since 1865
World Literature I
World Literature II
British Lit from Anglo-Saxon to 1785
British Lit Since 1785
TopicsPostcolonialLit
HNR American Literature & Culture
Philosophy 1
PL245Philosophical Inquiry3
Visual and Performing Arts 1
Select one of the following:3
Drawing I
Visual Thinking & Design
Western Art History
Non-Western Art History
Mixed Media
Modern Art
Painting I
Sculpture I
Prints, Multiples & Editions I
Creative Photography I
Entry to Dance as Art
History of Dance
Music Appreciation
Music of the Americas
World Music
Modern Language; Culture; Global Studies 1
Select one of the following:3
Elementary Italian I
Elementary Italian II
Intermediate Italian I
Italian Conversation & Composition I
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Intermediate French I
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Beginning Everyday Spanish I
Beginning Everyday Spanish II
Spanish for Specialized Work Settings
Intermediate Everyday Spanish I
Lang&CultureExperienceAbroad
Natural Sciences
Select one of the following:4
Environmental Biology
Life: Human Biology
Cellular Organiz., Energetics & Function
Microbiology (nursing and health profession studies majors only)
Environmental Chemistry
Physics in Everyday Life I
Physics in Everyday Life II
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Astronomy & Cosmology
Science in Art
Social Sciences 1
Select two courses from different social science disciplines:6
Physical Anthro. & Archeology
Cultural Anthropology
Contemporary Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Human Geography
American National Government
State & Local Government in America
Introduction to Psychology
Foundations of Psychology
Child & Adolescent Development
Principles of Sociology
Globalization & Sustainability
Religious Studies 1
Select one of the following:3
Discovering the Bible
Women & the Bible
The Christian Tradition
Christianity in Dialogue
Ethics 1
Select one of the following:3
Business & Professional Ethics
Philosophical Ethics
Bioethics
Theological Ethics
Catholic Social Justice Ethics
Women's and Gender Studies 1
WS311Shaping Lives: Women & Gender3
Capstone 1
GEN400WI:Visioning a Future3
Total Credits48-49

Experiential Learning

Two experiences must be successfully completed:

  1. GEN400 WI:Visioning a Future, which includes a service learning project, and
  2. a service learning project completed in a course other than GEN101 Pathway to the Bridge or GEN400 WI:Visioning a Future, an internship/practicum/ field placement, an approved education abroad experience, or an approved research experience.

Sections of courses offering a service learning option will be identified on each semester’s course schedule and/or on the Office of the Registrar’s web page.

Students completing a noncredit internship or one of the following courses will have satisfied one of the two experiential learning requirements (the internship/field placement/practicum type of option.)

BI401Medical Technology Internship I16
BI402Medical Technical Internship II16
BI404Internship in Biology I2
BI405Internship in Biology II2
BU351Internship1
BU445Summer Internship1
CH345Externship Program1
CJ333Internship in Criminal Justice3
CM299Student Publications Practicum - Editor1
CM405Digital Communication Internship3
CM445Summer Internship1
CS415Internship1
DA471Internship in Dance1
ED2999Field Experience in Special Education1
ED4210Coll Plan w/ Family School & Comm ESL3
ED4214Coll Plan w/ Family School & Comm ElEd3
ED4215Coll Plan w/ Family School & Comm SecEd3
ED4299ESL Clinical Practice9
ED4304Elementary Education Clinical Practice9
ED4306Secondary Education Clinical Practice9
EE4212Coll Plan w/ Family School & Comm ECE3
EE4302Early Childhood Ed Clinical Practice9
EN299Student Publications Practicum - Editor1
EN405Internship3
ES390Internship I3
ES391Internship II3
ES392Coaching Internship3
GD429Internship3
GD435Summer Internship1
HRP404Internship in Health Care3
HST410Internship in History3
MA415Internship/Externship Program1
NU496Transition into Clinical Nursing6
PH448Intern/Externship Program1
PS450Internship in Psychology3
SUS410Internship in Sustainabillity2
SW390Macro Junior Field Education3
SW496Senior Field Education in Social Work6
SW497Advanced Field Education in Social Work6
Rutgers University clinical/practicum 1
Any other credit-bearing internship course

Students considering a credit-bearing or noncredit-bearing internship are encouraged to take CAR450 Internship & Career Preparation or BU350 Internship & Career Preparation, a 1-credit course, prior to seeking an internship.

Students completing the following, and follow-up paperwork for the Office of Global Education Programs will have satisfied one of the two experiential learning requirements (the education abroad option). Students who need more information about other approved education abroad experiences may contact the director of global education programs.

AR437Study Abroad1
GS150General Education Abroad I3
GS250General Education Abroad II3
GS300Faculty-Led Education Abroad1
GS350General Education Abroad III3
RS403Foreign Study: Biblical1
WLC210World Language & Culture Abroad1
WLC215Lang&CultureExperienceAbroad3

Students completing the following courses will have satisfied one of the two experiential learning requirements (the research experience option).  

CH449Research in Chemistry/Biochemistry II2
CH450Research in Chemistry/Biochemistry III2
CJ410Independent Research in Criminal Justice1
ES371Exercise Science Research Experience1
ES471Research Project in Exercise Science3
MA414Research Problem in Mathematics1
PH370Research Project1
PH371Research Project1
PH470Research Project1
PH471Research in Physics1
PS440Supervised Research in Psychology3
PS460Research in Psychology I3
PS461Research in Psychology II1
PS463Research in Psychology III1
BI446Research Problem in Biology I1
BI447Research Problem in Biology II1

Courses

GEN101  Pathway to the Bridge  (2 Credits)  

Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for success at Georgian Court University. They will gain an understanding of the university’s mission, charism, and heritage. Through a collaborative project, students will execute and reflect on the practices associated with a successful college experience. Enrollment restricted to all first time in college students and transfer students who transfer fewer than 12 credits.

GEN199  WI:Discovering Self in the Universe  (3 Credits)  

A cornerstone general education course that asks students to explore the Mercy core values of respect and integrity within the framework of commonality, diversity, and symbiosis. Students analyze their identity by investigating the oneness of humanity and the rich complexity of diverse cultures. Students consider, from multiple disciplines, how all of humanity is a part of a much larger story of the universe. It examines the origin and the composition of the universe and humanity’s response to its complexity and fragility, beauty and wonder. In this writing intensive course, students develop questions about what it means to be creative, responsible human beings in today’s integrally connected global society and dynamic universe. The course is designed to be taken in the spring of the first time in college year or, in the case of transfer students, in the first semester at GCU.

Pre/corequisite(s): EN111 or equivalent or EN221.

GEN400  WI:Visioning a Future  (3 Credits)  

In light of GCU Mercy core values, this writing intensive capstone course invites students to reflect and analyze how their General Education Program has impacted their understanding of themselves in the world, as well as how their world view has developed. Course readings, service learning, and speakers encourage students to consider key questions of the time. Students contribute toward envisioning the future and humankind’s responsibility in helping to shape that future. This involves questions that have emerged from the General Education Program such as how do we contribute to a more compassionate and just world for humankind and the Earth itself? How do we think about just, healthy, and sustainable ways of living and working on this planet?

Prerequisite(s): Senior status or approval from the director of the General Education Program; GEN199.

GS150  General Education Abroad I  (3 Credits)  

This general education course will be offered in conjunction with a faculty-led education abroad experience. The course’s learning goals and objectives and the activities designed to meet them depend on the nature of the specific general education requirement and the education abroad experience. The course will meet before and after the education abroad experience in addition to during the experience. Students will be asked to apply what they learned to the trip and complete academic assignments as aligned with the learning outcomes of the specific general education category designated for the course. Students spend approximately 12.5 hours in formal instruction and have approximately 25 hours of learning activities outside of class per credit. Course will be offered upon approval of the director of the General Education Program.

GS250  General Education Abroad II  (3 Credits)  

This course satisfies a 200-level general education requirement and will be offered in conjunction with a faculty-led education abroad experience. The course’s learning goals and objectives and the activities designed to meet them depend on the nature of the specific general education requirement and the education abroad experience. The course will meet before and after the education aboard experience in addition to during the experience. Students will be asked to apply what they learned to the trip and complete academic assignments as aligned with the learning outcomes of the specific general education category designated for the course. Students spend approximately 12.5 hours in formal instruction and have approximately 25 hours of learning activities outside of class per credit. Course will be offered upon approval of the director of the General Education Program.

GS300  Faculty-Led Education Abroad  (1 Credits)  

This course may be offered in conjunction with a faculty-led education abroad experience. The course’s learning goals and objectives and the activities designed to meet them depend on the nature of the education abroad experience. The course may meet before and after the education abroad experience in addition to during the experience. Students spend approximately 12.5 hours in formal instruction and have approximately 25 hours of learning activities outside of class per credit. With the approval of the department chair, the course may be used for credit in the major.

GS350  General Education Abroad III  (3 Credits)  

This course satisfies a 300-level general education requirement and will be offered in conjunction with a faculty-led education abroad experience. The course’s learning goals and objectives and the activities designed to meet them depend on the nature of the specific general education requirement and the education abroad experience. The course will meet before and after the education aboard experience in addition to during the experience. Students will be asked to apply what they learned to the trip and complete academic assignments as aligned with the learning outcomes of the specific general education category designated for the course. Students spend approximately 12.5 hours in formal instruction and have approximately 25 hours of learning activities outside of class per credit. Course will be offered upon approval of the director of the General Education Program.

SL100  Service Learning (0 credit)  (0 Credits)  

This course is an option for an undergraduate student interested in pursuing learning through service as an experiential learning requirement for graduation. The student will commit to and complete a minimum of 10 hours of service work at a community service organization, which may include GCU, under the guidance of a GCU instructor. Prior to starting the project, the student must get the approval of the instructor (on CareerLink). Following the completion of the project, the student will write a reflection paper showing how (1) the application of their college education helped in the service activity and (2) the service activity enhanced their higher learning and personal growth. The instructor will evaluate the paper in consultation with the supervisor at the community organization. This is a noncredit course that will be graded pass/fail and will satisfy an experiential learning graduation requirement.

SL101  Service Learning (1 credit)  (1 Credits)  

This course will be an option for a student interested in pursuing learning through service, working with a community service organization, to earn 1 credit. A student wanting to register for this course must contact a faculty service fellow who will serve as the advisor. The student, in consultation with the advisor, will develop the learning goals and identify an appropriate community service organization for the student. Then, working with the Office of Career Services, the student will contact the organization and make suitable arrangements for participation in the service activity. The student must commit to and complete a minimum of 30 hours of service work. While participating in the service activity, the student should make arrangements with the advisor for regular conferences to report on the progress of the service activity. The student should engage in library research about the community service organization and its mission, and how the student’s contribution contributes to the organization achieving its mission. Following the completion of the project, the student will write a reflection paper showing how (a) the application of their college education helped in the service activity and (b) the service activity enhanced their higher learning and personal growth. The advisor will evaluate the paper in consultation with the supervisor at the community organization. The course may be repeated, and the student may apply a maximum of three credits toward the degree. This course will be graded pass/fail and will satisfy an experiential learning graduation requirement.

WS311  Shaping Lives: Women & Gender  (3 Credits)  

This interdisciplinary course considers gender as both a critical field of inquiry and as a social construct that influences experiences, relationships, and outcomes of women in society. The course is organized around three main themes: (1) foundations for understanding women and gender; (2) the six institutions that impact and are impacted by women (e.g., work, education, politics); and (3) leadership and activism. Emphasis on the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and social class.

Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior status.