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General Education Curriculum

Fall 2005 - Summer 2006

The courses in the general education categories form the foundation for a broad liberal arts education at Elmhurst College. Students graduating from Elmhurst College will complete one course, taken for a letter grade, in each category. A Student may not take more than two General Education courses within any one department. The writing and reasoning category is excluded from this restriction.

NOTE: Only some of the courses are offered each term. Check the College's course schedule to see which classes are offered which terms.

General Education Categories

Fine Arts


Global Society


Human Behavior


Inquiry and Issues in Science & Technology


Judeo-Christian Heritage and Religious Faith




The Natural World


People, Power, Politics


The Search for Humane Values


Western Culture


Writing and Reasoning




Fine Arts (FAR):
As a unique vehicle for the expansion of imagination and emotions, these courses aspire to make students aware of the impact of the arts on human endeavor and to inspire creativity in all aspects of life. A distinctive goal of this requirement is to expose students to artistic expression that is outside the limits of primarily technical, literary, or quantitative media. One Course

ART 110 Art Appreciation
ART 115 Drawing Studio
ART 120 Painting Studio
ART 125 Design Studio
ART 230 Printmaking Studio
ART 235 Sculpture Studio
ART 240 Photography Studio
ART 373 Survey of Non-European Art
COM 225 Acting
COM 227 Development of the Theatre
MUS 135 Theory I (note prerequisite)
MUS 212 Music in Western Culture
MUS 218 The Making of Jazz
MUS 312 Concerts for Credit

Global Society (GLS):
These courses help students understand and affirm their membership in a diverse yet interdependent multicultural global society. Emphasis is placed, through careful selection of course content and, in some cases, through appropriate travel-study experiences, on primary encounters with cultures other than the students' own.

Foreign Language: New students with less than one year of a foreign language in high school or college are required to meet the Global Society category by completing a two course sequence in the Department of Foreign Language. New students who graduated from high school more than eight years ago are exempt from the requirement to meet the Global Society requirement through foreign language.Students who complete any foreign language course at Elmhurst College 102 level or above fulfill the Global Society requirement.

BUS 271 Introduction to Global Business
COM 315 Multicultural Communication
FL 320 Non-Western Culture via Literature and Film
FRN 101,102 Elementary French I, II
FRN 201,202 Intermediate French I,II (note prerequisite)
FRN 301 French Conversation and Composition (note prerequisite)
GEO 112 Regional Study of the Developing World
GEO 317 Regional Study of Latin America
GRM 101,102 Elementary German I, II
GRM 201,202 Intermediate German I,II (note prerequisite)
GRM 301 German Conversation and Composition (note prerequisite)
GRM 302 Advanced German Conversation and Composition (note prerequisite)
HIS 116 Survey of Non-Western Civilizations II
HIS 204 History of the Middle East
HIS 364 History of the Far East
ITL 101,102 Elementary Italian I,II
MUS 310 Varieties of World Music
POL 302 Politics of Developing Nations
POL 303 Politics of the Middle East
POL 306 Politics of International Relations
SOC 212 Cultural Anthropology
SPN 101,102 Elementary Spanish I, II
SPN 201,202
Intermediate Spanish I,II (note prerequisite)
SPN 301 Spanish Conversation and Composition (note prerequisite)
SPN 302 Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition (note prerequisite)
THL 240 World Religions
THL 340 Introduction to Judaism
THL 342 The World of Islam: An Introduction to the Beliefs and Practices of Muslims



Human Behavior (HBR):
These courses provide a basic understanding of human behavior, of influences that modify the responses of people to their world, and to the empirical methods for studying these phenomena. One Course

COM 114 Interpersonal Communication
COM 312 Group Discussion and Theory (note prerequisite)
ECO 215 Critical Thinking About Economic Policy
POL 240 Public Law
PSY 210 General Psychology
PSY 329 Adult Learning and Portfolio Development (note prerequisite)
SOC 211 Society and the Individual - Introductory Sociology



Inquiry and Issues in Science and Technology (IST):   

These courses develop students' knowledge of content and process in the natural sciences. They also emphasize science's impact on the world. These courses seek to raise students' awareness of science's role in the development of technology and of issues in science and technology. These courses foster responsible citizenship in an increasingly technological society through critical examination of a scientific knowledge base. One Course

BIO 104 Human Biology
BIO 105 Environmental Biology
BIO 216 Bacteriology (note prerequisite)
BIO 300 Human Heredity (note prerequisite)
CHM 110 Chemistry and Issues in the Environment
CHM 212 Chemical Principles II (note prerequisite)
CS 100 Computers in Science and Technology
GEO 101 Introduction to Weather and Climate
PHY 101 Physical Science
PHY 122 General Physics II (note prerequisite)

Judeo-Christian Heritage and Religious Faith (JCH):
These courses provide students with knowledge of the faith and theology of the Judeo-Christian tradition and provide students the opportunity to critically examine their personal religious convictions. One Course

MUS 215 Music in the Christian Church
THL 200 Biblical Studies and Contemporary Relevance
THL 230 Christian Ethics in Modern Society
THL 306 The Story of Jesus: The Synoptic Gospels
THL 307 The Man from Tarsus: The World of Paul the Apostle
THL 320 The Emergence of Christian Thought
THL 321 Modern and Contemporary Christian Thought
THL 331 Christian Ethics and Human Sexuality
THL 332 Theology, Ethics and Health Care
THL 341 Theology of Christian Art
THL 344 Religious Classics
THL 350 Religion in America


Literature (LIT):
These courses develop student capacity to take delight in the richness of the language of the creative literary imagination. Emphasis is placed on understanding, interpreting, and critiquing selective literary texts. One Course

COM 329 World Theatre and Drama in Cultural contexts
ENG 200 Introduction to Literature (note prerequisite)
ENG 220 Principles of Literary Study (noteprerequisite)
ENG 321 British Literature I
ENG 322 British Literature II
ENG 330 Epics and Stories, Ancient  and  Modern (note prerequisite)
ENG 335 Women Writers (note prerequisite)
ENG 336 Contemporary Literature (note          prerequisite)
ENG 345 Shakespeare
FL 203 World Literature in English


The Natural World (NWD):
These courses develop students' knowledge of the natural world through a variety of scientific inquiry methods. They provide an understanding of the basic concepts, principles and methods of science. One Course

AST/PHY 212 Introduction to Astronomy
BIO 100 Principles of Biology
BIO 301 Plants and Human Affairs (note prerequisite)
CHM 100 Chemistry in the Natural World
CHM 101 General Chemistry
CHM 211 Chemical Principles I (note prerequisite)
GEO 102 Introduction to Physical Landscapes
PHY 121 General Physics I (note prerequisite)




People, Power, Politics (PPP):
These courses provide knowledge of the social, political, historical and/or economic theories and institutions that determine the environments in which citizens function within a society.Students will study how groups coexist within social and political contexts and will examine how various power relationships affect subsets of population. One Course

BUS 350 Managing Diversity
BUS 355 Negotiations: Theory and Practice
ENG 230 Literary Responses to Race, Class and Gender
POL 150 Politics: Conflict, Power, Justice
POL 201 American Federal Government
POL/URB 202 American State and Local Government
POL/URB 300 Metropolitan Government and Politics
POL 301 Comparative Politics: The New Europe
POL 319 Foundations of American Political Thought
SOC 301 Social Problems (note prerequisite)
SOC 304 Majority-Minority Relations (note prerequisite)
SOC 305 Sex and Gender in Society (note prerequisite)
SOC 310 Social Inequality (note prerequisite)
THL 231 Faith and Justice in Economics
THL 314 Women in Biblical Literature
THL 346 Converging and Conflicting Perspectives in African American Religion
URB 291 Suburbia: People, Problems and Policies




The Search for Humane Values (SHV):
These courses provide knowledge of the significant systems of thought and speculation concerning human good and ways of life that best provide for human fulfillment. One Course

COM 471 Holocaust Theatre
ENG 221 The Search for Human Values in Literature
FL 215 Genocide and the Holocaust
PHL 210 Problems of Philosophy
PHL 260 Philosophy of Education
PHL 306 Moral Philosophy
PHL 309 Philosophy of Art
PHL 310 Ethics and Business
PHL 312 Environmental Ethics
PHL 316 Ethical Aspects of Health Care
PHL 349 Philosophy of Religion
PHL 350 Classical Philosophies of India
PHL 352 Classical Philosophies of China
POL 314 Classics of Political Theory
POL 315 Modern and Postmodern Political Theory


Western Culture (WEC):
These courses help students become conversant with the heritage of Western culture, out of which the enterprise of liberal arts inevitably springs. Emphasis is placed on the careful historical study of primary texts and artifacts from a particular disciplinary perspective. One Course

ART 341 Survey History of Western Art
ART 342 Survey History of Modern Art
COM 330 History of Western Theatre
ENG 210 Great Works of Western Literature
GEO 111 Regional Study of the Modern Industrial World
HIS 111 Survey of Western Civilization
HIS 112 Survey of Western Civilization II
HIS 301 American History Before 1865
HIS 302 The United States From 1865 to the Present
PHL 303 Ancient Philosophy
PHL 304 Modern Philosophy 1600 to 1850
URB 301 Urban History: The Development of Cities


Writing and Reasoning (WRR):
This course emphasizes mastery of reading and writing as the means by which clear and independent thinking is accomplished in college and beyond. One Course

ENG 106 Composition II (note prerequisite)
PHL 106 Reasoning (note prerequisite)



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