The general education program prepares students for life with tools for thinking and living biblically in the world, and for understanding the world critically and creatively.  As part of your general education, you will select from a variety of courses in eight spheres of exploration and discovery.  Some general education courses may also fulfill major requirements; students should consult with their faculty advisor and read this catalog carefully.


The purpose of the general education program is to introduce students to the breadth of liberal arts learning, and to provide the foundations (biblical, conceptual, and contextual) for all subsequent education, and for learning across the lifespan. Specifically, we intend that by the time of graduation the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate a Christian world-and-life view
  2. Think critically, reason clearly, and communicate effectively
  3. Utilize quantitative and analytical skills
  4. Employ moral reasoning and judgment as an outgrowth of personal faith and commitment
  5. Interpret the biblical themes of creation, fall, and redemption—in particular as they relate to the arts and humanities
  6. Respond thoughtfully, redemptively, and empathically to social changes
  7. View current issues in their global and historical contexts and in relation to social, cultural, and natural constructs
  8. Respect diverse religions and cultures, engaging others with sensitivity and discernment
  9. Live healthfully and pursue wellness

Chapter One: Tooling Up

Thinking and Living Biblically in the World 1
IDS 180One Mission, Many Stories3
BI 105Understanding the Old Testament 13
BI 115Understanding the New Testament3
BI 211Ethics and the Bible3
Understanding the World Critically and Creatively
ENG 105English Composition 23
ENG 106Critical Thinking and Composition3
Presentation Intensive Course, select one2-3
Interpreting and Teaching the Bible
Christianity and Darwinism
Christianity and Darwinism
Mass Communication
Group and Organizational Communication
Gender and Family Communication
Criminal Courts
Educational Psychology/Human Development
Educational Psychology/Human Development
General Teaching Methods
Capstone Seminar in the British Novel
History of Ideas in America
African American History There are several courses, including this one, that can fulfill a requirement in more than one category. However, you may only use the course once in the general education so that you have a total of eight distinct general education courses in chapter 2. Some general education courses may also count for your major.
Twentieth-Century American Cultural History
IDS 190Critical Topics in the 21st Century3
Total Hours23-24
Chapter Two: Exploring
Choose 8 courses, with no more than two in any single category, for a minimum of 24 hours. Include at least one course in each of the five categories marked with an asterisk; the other three courses may be from any of the eight categories.
Diversity, Traditions, and Cultures*3-6
What visions and stories form the foundations of people's experiences?
How do we interact with others and their view of the world?
Choose from:
Survey of Religious Diversity
Introduction to Intercultural Ministry
Intercultural Communication
Race, Gender, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice
African American History
Cross Cultural Contexts
Survey of World Music
Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Note: All students must show proficiency in a spoken language other than English. Students who are fluent in a language besides English and students who have successfully completed two years of classes in one language other than English in high school (accepted alternatives: two semesters at another college or a combination of study from middle school, high school, and/or college to equal two college semesters) will meet this requirement and thus choose one of the other courses in this category. Students who need to show proficiency will take two semesters of Spanish at TIU as part of their general education, and these students may use these courses to meet the Diversity, Traditions, and Cultures requirement.
The World of Ideas *3-6
How have we thought and how do we think today? What have we done and what are we likely to do?
Choose from:
History course without a prerequisite
The Western Cultural Heritage I
Philosophy course at the 100 or 200 level
The World of the Arts *3-6
What do the arts teach us?
Choose from:
Art Appreciation
Comparative Arts
Studies in Poetry
Studies in Fiction
Studies in Drama
The Western Cultural Heritage II
Music Appreciation
The World of Mathematics *3
How do mathematics skills help us navigate the world around us?
Why is mathematics important?
Choose from:
Mathematics in the Modern World 2
College Algebra and Trigonometry
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Introductory Statistics
Statistics 3
The World of Science and Nature *4-8
How do we understand the nature of the physical world?
How do we steward God's creation?
Choose from:
Introductory Biology
General Biology
Biology: Plant and Animal Kingdoms
Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology
Contemporary Chemistry
Introduction to Chemistry
General Chemistry I
General Physics I
The World of Technology0-6
How should we engage effectively and morally with new developments in science and technology?
Choose from:
Digital Analytics
Management Information Systems
Mass Communication
Social and Interactive Media Strategies
Intermediate Spreadsheets, Databases, and Word Processing
Computer Programming I
Technology, Ethics, and Society
Foundational Design Software
Introduction to Photography
The World of Contemporary Social and Political Life0-6
What is justice and how can it be best achieved among imperfect human beings?
Who are our neighbors and how do we interact with them?
Choose from:
Introduction to Bioethics
Introduction to Economics
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Criminal Law and Procedure
World Geography
American Government
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
The World of Mental and Physical Wellness0-6
How do we live in wellness and learn to flourish mentally and physically in a fallen world?
Choose from:
Personal Finance
Introduction to Health and Wellness
Sport and Wellness Psychology
Introduction to Psychology
Life Planning
Human Sexuality
Psychology of Addiction
Educational Psychology/Human Development
Total hours minimum for chapter 2: 25