Aug 19, 2022  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Division of Liberal Studies

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Department of General and Transitional Studies


The Learning Environment

Life University recognizes that education occurs in a wide range of settings.  The University is supportive of a variety of teaching and learning styles and its size allows for personal attention to the educational experience.  The College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies views itself as a community of learners where interaction of disciplines is encouraged.  It seeks to provide students with an environment which promotes the development of personal values, individual responsibility for action and a recognition that learning continues throughout life.

Mission Statement

The Department of General and Transitional Studies seeks to equip students with the abilities necessary for careers; the flexibility to face change; and the habits and values conducive to lifelong learning.  The curriculum is designed to be inter-disciplinary and promotes basic proficiencies in written expression, speech, mathematical computation, computer applications and familiarity with the humanities and social sciences.


  1. Students will be able to discuss and apply critical and creative methods of the humanities, including the ability to respond to their aesthetic attributes by analyzing, critiquing and defending their reasoned opinions, concerning literary works.
  2. Students will be able to comprehend and to use quantitative concepts and methods to interpret and critically evaluate data, and effectively problem-solve in a variety of contexts demanding quantitative literacy.
  3. Students will have developed a deeper understanding of the relation of self to world through investigation of the influence of social and cultural institutions in shaping human thought, value and behavior.

The Eight Core Life Proficiencies Seminar

All new students entering the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies are required to complete the Core Life Proficiencies (CLP 090 ) seminar in order to graduate and complete a degree program.  The CLP 090 seminar is offered at no charge (0 credits) and students are required to successfully complete the seminar before graduation.

Life’s Eight Core Proficiencies are:

  1. Integrity & Citizenship
  2. Leadership & Entrepreneurship
  3. Learning Theory & Critical Thinking
  4. Contemporary Scientific Paradigms
  5. Philosophy of Human Existence & Healthcare Policy
  6. Communication & Relationship Theory/Skills
  7. Belief Systems & Performance
  8. Integrative Change

First Year Experience Course Series

All new Undergraduate students entering the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies must complete the First Year Experience Course Series consisting of FYE 101 and FYE 103.  See your PASS advisor for more details.

Core Curriculum

Life University is committed to delivering an education designed around a set of Core Life Proficiencies that advance personal integrity and provide the foundation for professional success, social contribution and cultural change.  These proficiencies distinguish a Life University education. The Undergraduate Program offers several degree programs at the Associates and Baccalaureate level.  These degree offerings are provided through the Divisions of Liberal Studies, Positive Human Development and Social Change, Natural Sciences, and Sport Health Science. Students must complete requirements listed in specific degree programs and comply with academic regulations of the University, including completion of a Core Curriculum. 

The Core curriculum provides a common foundation of knowledge for the educated college graduate. Core Curriculum areas include communications and humanities; science, mathematics and computers; and social sciences. Provided below is the Core Curriculum for all Baccalaureate level degrees.  A modified core listing is provided with respective Associate degree curricular offerings.

Transitional Studies 

The area of Transitional Studies supports the College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies by identifying students who are not academically prepared to attempt college level courses and by offering learning assisted instruction in writing, math and reading.  The area also provides advisement and academic support to provisionally admitted students.


  1. Transitional Studies students will develop the basic writing, reading and math skills to successfully complete ENG 101 and MAT 101 (MAT 100).
  2. Provisional Students (those that do not meet admission standards) will achieve full admission status with the University.

College entry-level English and Mathematics courses require sufficient minimum SAT or ACT scores or successful completion of the appropriate Transitional Studies (TS) courses.

Based upon SAT/ACT test results or separate placement testing, a student may be required to take classes in one of more of these areas.  Courses offered through TS include:

  • TSE 098 – Writing Fundamentals
  • TSE 099 – Introduction to Composition
  • TSM 098 – Elementary Algebra
  • TSM 099- – Intermediate Algebra
  • TSR 098 – Practical College Reading
  • TSR 099 – Practical College Reading

The above courses carry institutional credit only; they do not transfer into degree programs or courses of study.  These courses will calculate into cumulative GPA and are considered when calculating both academic and financial and SAP eligibility.

Areas I, II and III

Bachelor’s Core Curriculum (65 Quarter Credit Hours)   

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