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Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education


The Mission

Southern Adventist University as a learning community nurtures Christ-likeness and encourages the pursuit of truth, wholeness, and a life of service.

Student Learning Goals

Students of Southern Adventist University will

  • Spiritual Development

grow in a vibrant relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, while integrating into their lives Bible-based beliefs and values as understood by the Seventh-day Adventist church.

  • Intellectual Development

develop a commitment to life-long-learning and demonstrate a mastery of the cognitive skills of critical reasoning, independent thinking, reflective judgment, communication, and creativity needed to confront the issues, ideas, and values of historical and contemporary civilization.

  • Individual and Social Development

develop socio-emotional maturity that will enable them to be effective leaders and contributing members of their churches, families, groups, and communities in a global society.

  • Physical Development

take responsibility for their own well-being through a health-promoting lifestyle.

General Education is key to achieving the student learning goals since it is that part of the curriculum which is common to the student body as a whole. Hence, it is designed to help all students develop those values that mark a Southern Adventist University educated person and prepare him or her for leadership in today’s complex society. In many ways General Education functions as the student’s initial major, one which equips the student with the basic knowledge, skills and values which can reasonably be expected of Christian servant leaders. To that end Southern Adventist University students will demonstrate competency in each of the Student Learning Goals articulated above which are specific dimensions arising from the institution’s mission and student learning goals.

R. Spiritual Development

12

6

A graduate of Southern Adventist University has a knowledge of the Bible and a sense of Christian community based on the teachings, beliefs, and history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

A correct understanding of the human condition results from a knowledge of the Bible as God’s word, a commitment that springs from that truth, and a system of values derived from such knowledge and insight.

Bachelor’s degree students must take a minimum of 12 hours of Religion courses, at least 3 hours of which must be upper division. These hours must be distributed as follows:

  1) Spiritual Development 3 3
    One of the following classes that focuses on the development of personal spirituality:
      RELB 125  or RELT 177 
  2) Seventh-day Adventist Teachings 3 0-3
    One of the following classes that focuses on Seventh-day Adventist identity: RELT 138 , RELT 225 , or RELT 255 .
  3) Biblical Studies 3 0-3
    One class that focuses on the study of Scripture:
Any RELB class except RELB 125  (listed above in section 1), RELB 255 , RELB 340 , RELB 455 , and RELB 497 .
  4) Religion Elective: 3 0
   
  • RELB classes
  • RELT classes
  • The following RELP classes:

RELP 240 /RELP 340 , RELP 251 , RELP 252 , RELP 264 , RELP 361 , RELP 405 ,or RELP 468 .


Associate degree students are required to take 6 credits, 3 of which must come from Area R-1 above and the other 3 credits which must come from either Area R-2 or Area R-3 above.

Transfer students must take 3 hours at an accredited Seventh-day Adventist college or university for each year or part thereof in attendance at an SDA college or university, with a minimum of 6 hours. Transfer students who are required to take only 9 credits or fewer in Religion at Southern may take their remaining Religion courses from either Area R-1, R-2, or R-3, but may not take more than one class from any single sub-area.

I. Intellectual Development

27 - 30

18 - 21

Southern Adventist University graduates will demonstrate skill in critical reasoning, independent thinking, reflective judgment, communication needed in confronting the issues ideas, and values of historical and contemporary civilization. They will develop critical thinking skills by means of courses in various disciplines such as mathematics, communication, science, history, and economics. The student’s competence in critical thinking, communication and computation will be measured by means of the required ETS Proficiency Profile administered during their senior year.

  1) Communication Skills 9 9
   
  1. ENGL 101  College Composition I
  2. ENGL 102 , or ENGL 103  for Southern Scholars
      College Composition II
        A student with an ACT English score below 18, an SAT language score below 450, or a TOEFL score below 550 (an IBT TOEFL score of 79) may not take ENGL 101 . The English Department recommends completing ENGL 100  or an EESL class before retaking the ACT, SAT, or TOEFL. However, successfully completing ENGL 100  or an EESL class is not a substitute for a passing score on the examination.
   
  1. COMM 135  Intro to Public Speaking
  2) Computational Skills 3 - 6 3 - 6
    Select 0-3 hours from category a) at least one hours from category b) and 2 hours from category c) below:
   
  1. Students with a Mathematics ACT score below 22 or SAT score below 520 must take one mathematics course selected from:  ,  , MATH 120 , MATH 121  or MATH 215 . MATH 080  is required of all students whose  ACT Mathematics score is 15 or below or SAT score is 360 or below. If MATH 080  is required, it must be completed with a grade of C or better before the student registers for any other mathematics course.
  2. Choose one of the following concepts courses: CPTE 100 , BUAD 217 EDUC 319 , CPTR 110 
  3. Select 2 hours from the following skills courses: ARTG 115 , BUAD 217 , CPTE 105 , CPTE 106 , CPTE 107 , CPTE 109 , CPTE 110  ,  , EDUC 319 , MUED 250 , NRSG 240 , TECH 248  (Note taking BUAD 217 , CPTR 110 , or EDUC 319  covers both concepts and skills-based computer competencies)
  3) Civilization and Global Perspectives 6 3
   

Select 6 hours from below: at least 3 hours must come from area 3-a with the remaining hours coming from either 3-a, 3-b or 3-c. After hours have been taken from 3-a, CLEP and Advanced Placement credits may be used to complete the remaining 3-a, 3-b, or 3-c areas.

   
  1. History of Civilization: HIST 154 , HIST 155 , HIST 174 , HIST 175 , HIST 345 , HIST 351 , HIST 353 , HIST 355 , HIST 356 , HIST 357 , HIST 359 , HIST 364 , HIST 365 , HIST 374 , HIST 375 , HIST 380 , HIST 386 , HIST 387 , HIST 388 , HIST 389 , HIST 471 , HIST 472 , or HMNT 210 , SOCI 356 
  2. Society and Culture: ASL 250 , COMM 330 , GEOG 204   , SOCI 150 /SOCW 150 , PSYC 231 /SOCI 230 /SOCW 230 , PLSC 254 
  3. World Languages: ASL 101 , ASL 102 , ASL 207 , ASL 208 ; ITAL 101 , ITAL 102 , ITAL 207 , ITAL 208 , FREN 101 , FREN 102 , FREN 207 , FREN 208 ; GRMN 101 , GRMN 102 , GRMN 207 , GRMN 208 ; MDLG 265 ; RUSS 101 , RUSS 102 , RUSS 207 , RUSS 208 ; SPAN 101 , SPAN 102 , SPAN 207 , SPAN 208 ; RELL 181 , RELL 182 , RELL 191 , RELL 192 .
    Language requirement for the bachelors of art degree
    Students entering Southern Adventist University who have less than two secondary school credits of foreign language and who are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete a minimum of six credit hours of a foreign language. Students should consult their school/department for specific requirements.
  4) Natural Science 6 3
    Bachelor’s degree students must take at least 3 hours from each of 2 sub-areas or complete a two semester science sequence course. Only one of the following may apply to general education: BIOL 421 , PHYS 317 . Southern Scholars must take a sequence of two classes from the same department. See the “Honors Studies Sequence” section of the Catalog for clarification.
   
  1. BIOL 101 -BIOL 102 , BIOL 103 , BIOL 161 -BIOL 162 , BIOL 314 , BIOL 421  (W)
  2. CHEM 107 , CHEM 111 , CHEM 112 , CHEM 151 -CHEM 152 
  3. ERSC 105 
  4. PHYS 127 , PHYS 128 , PHYS 155 , PHYS 211 - , PHYS 221 -PHYS 222 , PHYS 317 
  5) Economics & Business Basics 3 0
    Select 3 hours from ACCT 103 , ACCT 221 , BUAD 126 , BUAD 128 , ECON 213 , ECON 224 , ECON 225 , PLSC 224 


Candidates for the bachelor’s degree must complete three writing-emphasis classes.
These classes are identified by a “(W)” following the course name, [e.g., History of the South (W)] in the departmental listings. One such class must be in the student’s major field and one must be outside the major field. The third may be chosen from any area. The writing done as a part of the program overseas completed by students majoring in International Studies, Spanish or French will be accepted in place of a specially designated “W” course in the major.
 

S. Individual and Social Development

10

4


In order to develop the socio-emotional maturity necessary to be effective leaders and achieve the necessary tools to be contributing members in churches, families, and their respective communities, students will gain a measure of personal, social and aesthetic expertise.

  1) College Orientation (Southern Connections) 1 1
    All first-time freshmen in the first semester of residence are required to take NOND 101 .
  2) Personal and/or Social Adjustment 3 0-3
    Bachelor’s degree students must select 3 hours from courses listed below:
      EDUC 220 , PSYC 101 , PSYC 122 , PSYC 128 , PSYC 224 , PSYC 233 , PSYC 349 /SOCI 349 /SOCW 349  or PSYC 249 /NRSG 449 , SOCI 125 ; SOCI 150 /SOCW 150 , SOCI 201 , SOCI 224 , SOCI 225 , SOCI 233 , SOCI 360 , SOCI 365 , SOCI 249 /SOCI 449 /SOCW 249 /NRSG 449 , SOCW 449 
  3) Aesthetic and Skills Development 6 0-3
    Bachelor’s degree students must include at least 3 hours from two the sub-areas below:
  1. Literature: Literature courses offered either by the English Department, Modern Languages Department, and COMM 326 , ELIT 214 , ELIT 215 , ELIT 216 , ELIT 240 /ELIT 440 , ELIT 323 , ELIT 332 , ELIT 333 , ELIT 335 , ELIT 337 , ELIT 338 , ELIT 368 , ELIT 417 , ELIT 442 , ELIT 444 , ELIT 445 , or ELIT 454 /SPAN 454 ; FREN 357 , FREN 358 , FREN 458 , FREN 459 ; SPAN 355 , SPAN 356 , SPAN 454 .
  2. Music and Art Appreciation: ARTH 218 /ARTH 318 , ARTH 342 , ARTH 344 , ARTH 345 ; HMNT 205 ; MUCH 216 ; MUHL 115 , MUHL 218 , MUHL 120 , MUHL 320 , MUHL 321 , MUHL 322 , MUHL 323 .
  3. Creative Skills: ART 101 , ART 104 , ART 109 , ART 235 ; ENGL 312 , ENGL 313 , ENGL 314 ; MUPF 103 , MUPF 104 , MUPF 105 , MUPF 106 , MUPF 108 , MUPF 118 , MUPF 119 , MUPF 128 , MUPF 129 , MUPF 138 , MUPF 158 , MUPF 178 , MUPF 188 , MUPF 189 , MUPF 225 , MUPF 226 , MUPF 273 , MUPF 279 , MUPF 289 , MUPF 308 , MUPF 318 , MUPF 319 , MUPF 328 , MUPF 329 , MUPF 334 , MUPF 338 , MUPF 344 , MUPF 358 , MUPF 378 , MUPF 388 , PHTO 125 , TECH 151 , TECH 154 
  4. Practical Skills: CPTR 124  , TECH 104  , TECH 114 , TECH 115 , TECH 149 , TECH 164 , TECH 166 , TECH 169 , TECH 175 , TECH 178 , TECH 264 , TECH 276 


Christian Service Program

Following Jesus’ example, Southern Adventist University encourages students to integrate their faith in learning. The Christian Service Program provides students with the opportunity to serve others and share the gospel both directly and indirectly. Service activities may include direct Seventh-day Adventist Christian outreach and are subject to approval as delineated below.

Because it is Southern’s goal to involve all students in service and because service is at the foundation of its mission, every student will complete community service activities (Level 1) and service-learning experiences (Levels 2 or 3). The Level 2 service courses are: 

   ,     ,      ,  SOCI 201 ,      , and  . The Christian service graduation requirement is intended to help students develop the abilities to become contributing members of churches, families, groups, and communities in a global society.

Candidates for a bachelor’s degree must complete three Level 1 activities and two Level 2 and/or Level 3 experiences. For students transferring into bachelor’s programs, requirements are prorated. Transferring sophomores will complete two Level 1 activities and two Level 2 and/or Level 3 experiences; transferring juniors and seniors will complete one Level 1 activity and one Level 2 or 3 experience. Candidates for an associate’s degree will complete one Level 1 activity and one Level 2 or Level 3 experience. It is the student’s responsibility to identify and successfully complete these requirements one semester prior to graduation.
 

  Level One
Community Service
Level Two
Academic Service-Learning
Level Three
Co-Curricular Service-Learning
Goal To expose students to the community and its basic needs. To involve students in learning how academic theory and service to the community intersect. To offer students the opportunity to use their leadership skills in developing and/or supporting a service project.
Requirements Actively participate in three organized and approved service events (3-5 hours each) sponsored by the Student Association, New Student Orientation, Campus Ministries, or an approved Student Organization.

Academic credit will be given for service-learning experiences embedded within academic courses.

In service-learning courses service activities will meet a community need and at least one learning objective. The amount of course credit for participating in service-learning experiences is determined by course professors. The minimum hours required for service-learning credit is 15 regardless of project type. Clearly identified reflection opportunities are required and will be assessed by the instructor.

 

Two Types-
Mentored Projects: Students will propose and work a minimum of 15 hours in a service project that will span an average of one semester with staff (mentor) oversight. The mentor will evaluate a required 5 page reflection paper. Pre-approval of all projects by the Service-Learning Committee is required.

Student-Initiated: Students contribute to an existing pre-approved service opportunity* for 15 hours, keep a journal, and write a 5 page reflection paper that connects service experiences with the student’s academic experiences. Students will submit all documentation to the Office of Christian Service and Learning for evaluation. Pre-approval of all projects by the Service-Learning Committee is required.


*Some examples of preapproved projects are the student missionary program, Evangelism Resource Center (ERC) trips, university-sponsored short-term mission trips, as well as various campus ministries and student organization community service activities. For a complete list of available projects visit www.southern.edu/ChristianService

 

P. Physical Development

4-5

3-4

In order to develop a student’s focus on the importance of developing a health-promoting lifestyle, Southern Adventist University students will develop competencies which focus on both individual fitness and health science. Associate degree students must take PEAC 225  and one Health Science (P-2) course.

  1) Physical Activity 2 1
   
  1. Take PEAC 225  Fitness for Life or   Fitness for Collegiate Life
  2. 1 course from ADAC 141 , ADAC 151 , ADAC 155 , ADAC 160 , ADAC 200 , ADAC 212 , ADAC 214 , ADAC 262 ; PEAC 121 , PEAC 123 , PEAC 131 , PEAC 133 , PEAC 134 , PEAC 136 , PEAC 137 , PEAC 140 , PEAC 143 , PEAC 153 , PEAC 230  , PEAC 235 , PEAC 243 , PEAC 257 , PEAC 261 , PEAC 254 /RECR 254 , RECR 255 ; OLAC 136 , OLAC 142 , OLAC 145 , OLAC 146 , OLAC 148 , OLAC 152 ,  , OLAC 160 , OLAC 162 , OLAC 215 , OLAC 248 , OLAC 265 , OLAC 346 , OLAC 353 
  2) Health Science 2-3 2-3
    Select one course from HLED 173  , HLNT 135 , or NRNT 125 

 

O. Discipline-Specific Development

This student learning goal is accomplished by means of the student’s chosen major. Depending on the approach taken by individual schools/departments, both the hours required to achieve competence as well as the assessment of attaining competence varies widely.

 

Summary of General Education Hours Bachelor’s Associate  

 
  Area R – Spiritual Development   12 6  
  Area I – Intellectual Development   27-30 18-21  
  Area S – Individual and Social Development   10 4  
  Area P– Physical Development   4-5 3-4  
     
 
  Totals   53-57 31-35