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    Southern Adventist University
   
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 [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 467 

 


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
  3. 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 151 -BIOL 152 , 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 , NRSG 485 , 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: 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 .
  3. Creative Skills: ART 101 , ART 104 , ART 109 , ART 235 ; ENGL 312 , ENGL 313 , ENGL 314 MUPF 108 , MUPF 118 , MUPF 119 , MUPF 128 , MUPF 129 , MUPF 138 , MUPF 158 , MUPF 318 , MUPF 319 , MUPF 328 , MUPF 329 , MUPF 338 , MUPF 358 , 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 graduation requirement is intended to help students develop the abilities to become contributing members of churches, families, groups, and communities in a global society.

The Christian Service Program gives students the opportunity to serve in two main categories: community service and service-learning. Each service opportunity must be pre-approved and the requirement is as follows:   

 

Community Service Activities

Service-Learning  Experiences

Summary

  • Community Service Days
  • Approved Campus Ministries
  • Student Organization Service Events
  • Service-Learning Classes
  • Student-Initiated Mentored Projects
  • Approved Mission Trip Experiences

Goal

To expose students to the community and its basic needs.

Option A: Service-Learning Courses (Level 2):

To involve students in learning how academic theory and service to the community intersect.

Option B: Student-Initiated Projects (Level 3):

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 pre-approved service events (3-5 hours each).

Transferring sophomores need to complete two activities.  Transferring juniors or seniors and associate’s graduates need to complete one.

Complete two service-learning experiences.  Transferring sophomores need to complete two.  Transferring juniors or seniors and associate’s graduates need to complete one.

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.

Students will propose and serve a minimum of 15 hours on a service project that will span an average of one semester with staff (mentor) oversight. This could be an existing project or a new project.  The students must demonstrate a clear connection between the service and an academic component while proving that this project meets a community need.

Meeting the Requirement

Examples of pre-approved community service activities include, but are not limited to: Freshmen Service Day, MLK Community Service Day, Global Youth Service Day, Flag Camp, and Westside 4 Jesus. For a complete list of available pre-approved projects visit:  www.southern.edu/serve

Service-learning classes (including approved mission trip classes) can be found in the online course schedule by clicking the “General Education Requirement” tab and selecting “SERV2 Christian Service” from the dropdown menu.  

 

By passing the course, you receive service-learning credit.

1.       Submit a proposal to the Service-Learning Department to do one of these projects.  There must be mentor/supervisor for the project.

2.       The project cannot begin before approval.

3.       During the project there will be ongoing reflection (class discussion, journaling, etc.) 

4.       After the project, the project mentor will evaluate the final reflection paper.

For more information about the requirements and process go to: www.southern.edu/service  

 

It is the student’s responsibility to identify and successfully complete these requirements one semester prior to graduation.

P. Physical Development

6-7

4-5

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 125  and one Health Science (P-2) course.

  1) Physical Activity  4 2
   
  1.    
  2. 2 courses 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 215 PEAC 223 , PEAC 230 PEAC 231 ,  , PEAC 235 PEAC 241 , PEAC 243 , PEAC 257 , PEAC 261 , PEAC 254 /RECR 254 ; 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  
  3. PEAC 425  
  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   6-7 4-5  
     
 
  Totals   55-59 32-36