Feb 07, 2023  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of General Education

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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 Education 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 Departments of General Education and Natural Science; Sport Health Science; Nutrition; and Positive Human Development and Social Change.  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.


Areas I, II and III

Bachelor’s Core Curriculum (65 Quarter Credit Hours)   


    Bachelor of ScienceNon-Degree

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