Consistent with the university mission, the general education core provides the foundation to develop the breadth of knowledge, intellectual understandings, and skills that NLU graduates will demonstrate. A coherent general education core is fundamental to further, in-depth study and serves as a catalyst for lifelong learning. The core enables students to acquire critical inquiry skills and to recognize the interrelationships of areas of study. Analytical skills, information technology literacy, and ethics, values and respect for human diversity are infused throughout the core.
NLU requires all students to have a minimum of 60 quarter hours of coursework (or the equivalent) in general education credit, including at least one course (4 quarter hours or more) in each of the seven field-of-knowledge areas below. Many degree programs have program-specific and additional general education requirements beyond the 60 quarter hour minimum. Program-specific general education requirements are listed under each program.
Courses which fulfill designated areas of the General Education requirements are identified under the course descriptions found in the catalog.
Fields of Knowledge
Students will learn to acquire and exchange information accurately from a variety of sources. Using appropriate methodologies, they will develop the ability to speak, read, write, and listen with understanding and critical discernment.
Students will examine the human condition through the study of a variety of fields and disciplines, including language, literature, history, philosophy, religion, and ethics.
Students will be exposed to, experience, participate in, and create artistic expression in a variety of forms and contexts.
Students will understand quantitative concepts and perform basic operations at the college level. They will understand the possible multiple interpretations of data and will be able to respond critically and appropriately to concepts, arguments, and conclusions based on numbers and statistics in both abstract and concrete contexts.
Physical and Life Sciences
Students will learn and apply appropriate scientific methods in order to identify, understand, compare, apply, and evaluate natural and physical phenomena.
Students will understand the organization of social institutions and the emergence and structure of society through the application of appropriate concepts, as well as theoretical and methodological frameworks.
Students will understand concepts and theories that seek to explain human behavior, mental processes and development throughout the life span, and the application of behavioral science principles in a variety of settings.