2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

An Orientation to Greenville College’s Liberal Arts Focus

Greenville College provides education focused on the liberal arts and sciences. Because of this, students must complete not only a major, but also a general education curriculum. These are not courses the faculty added as afterthoughts. These courses are seminal in Greenville College’s efforts to educate students who can live lives of character and service. This liberating learning will introduce students to transformative ideas, skills, and values that they can embrace for life-long learning. Required courses expose students to multiple views and perspectives to enable them to respond with maturity to the complexities of the contemporary world and its cultural, religious, and ideological diversity.

All degrees require students to complete general education courses. These courses are divided into two categories: Core and Distributed. Core requirements are those we view as fundamental to the Christian liberal arts focus of Greenville College. The content of these courses compels students to think about ideas from interdisciplinary perspectives. The Distributed requirements are offered in a variety of fields. They are required for two reasons. First, they are designed to help students develop essential skills that are attributes of all well-educated people such as critical thinking and communication skills. Second, they provide students with introductions to the humanities, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and physical fitness. These courses are designed to give students knowledge of and respect for the wholeness of God’s creation and human efforts to understand that creation.