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The CPLS Transitional General Education Program (GEP)

All baccalaureate programs require the following courses as part of the Transitional GEP:

English: (4 courses are required)

  • ENG 103 Communication Skills or ENG 112 Research Based Writing
  • ENG 111 Exposition and Argumentation
  • ENG 113 Literature and Composition
  • Any fourth ENG course at the 200 level or higher or ENG 112 Research Based Writing

History: (2 courses are required)

  • 2 courses from HIS 101, 102, 201, or 202
  • Qualified students with the permission of the Department may substitute upper division History courses to meet GEP requirements.

Mathematics/ Natural Science: (2 to 4 courses are required)

At least two semesters of mathematics and/or science is required in every degree program. Consult the individual curricula listings for specific requirements in mathematics/science. Some majors may require both.

Students may fulfill the mathematics requirement by completing two mathematics courses as listed below:

Business majors: MAT 103-104 (Quantitative Applications in Business & Calculus Applications in Business)

Arts & Sciences majors: MAT 101-102 (Mathematical Explorations I & II)

Students may fulfill the science requirement by taking any natural science course in biology, chemistry, environmental science, or physics. Non-science majors are not required to take a lab-based science course.

Modern Foreign or Classical Language: (2 courses are required)

The Language requirement may be fulfilled by one of the following options:

  • 2 courses (6 credits) in a foreign language in level sequence; for example SPA 111-112
  • 2 courses in Linguistics (LIN courses)
  • 2 courses in Literature in Translation (LTT courses)
  • 2 courses in Classics (CLA courses)

Any combination of 2 courses from LIN, LTT, and CLA courses

International students or students whose native language is not English must take ESL 201 and ESL 202, Composition and Critical Thinking for Non-Native Speakers of English, in their first two semesters. They must achieve grades of C or better to continue to ENG 103. ESL 201 and ESL 202 will satisfy GER Foreign Language Requirements if taken before any other College level course in English.

Philosophy: (2 courses are required and 1 optional)

  • PHL 154 Moral Foundations
  • Philosophical Anthropology Selection (any PHL course numbered 250 or higher)
  • 1 course from PHL or THE (Faith and Reason Selection)

Social Sciences: (2 or 3 courses are required)

  • 2 or 3 courses from economics, political science, psychology or sociology (history not included)
  • Normally, the lower division (100/200 level) courses will be selected. If a major requires 3 social science courses, no more than two courses may be taken in one area, When selecting social science courses, students are cautioned to consider their major. The recommended social science courses are listed in curricula that follow.

Theology: (2 courses are required and 1 optional)

  • 1 course either THE 154 or THE 221
  • 1 course from the 200 or 300 level
  • 1 course from PHL or THE (Faith and Reason Selection)

Faith and Reason: (1 course is required)

Students may choose from the following:

THE: either THE 348 or THE 366

PHL 328

Any other Faith & Reason Certified course


  1. All degree and certificate students must see a CPLS academic advisor at least once a year, preferably before fall registration.
  2. The lower division requirement (numbered in the 100/200s) in a department must be completed before a student elects upper division courses (numbered in the 300/400s)
  3. Lower and upper division course designations are determined by each academic department
  4. Upper division courses in the elected major field will total a minimum of 24 semester credits.
  5. The minimum requirement for graduation is 40 courses, unless the accumulated number of semester credits is less than 120, in which case additional courses must be taken until the 120 minimum is reached.

Faith-Justice Studies

The Faith-Justice Studies Program is an interdisciplinary, self-designed curriculum that enables students to integrate their major area of study with inquiries into faith and social justice issues. Faith-Justice study courses aim to provide students with tools and approaches for acting as faithful citizens in a more just society. All students interested in faith-justice issues are welcome to enroll in Faith-Justice Studies Courses. Designated classes vary by semester; interested students should consult the Faith-Justice Studies website at: or contact the CPLS Advisor for further information.