General Education Requirements

Berea College's curriculum includes an interdisciplinary General Education curriculum in addition to intensive study in a major. As an institution with a liberal arts foundation and outlook, the College has a responsibility to educate the whole person. Berea College's General Education curriculum addresses Berea's Great Commitments and is designed to help students develop important knowledge, skills, and habits of mind. The curriculum extends from the first year through the senior year and includes, in addition to course work, convocations and other experiences.

All Berea College degrees include the following General Education Requirements

  • GSTR 110: Writing Seminar I: Critical Thinking in the Liberal Arts
  • Note: credit for this course cannot be transferred in; however, transfer students who took College Composition while attending a regionally-accredited college or university as a degree-seeking student—and who earned a grade of B or higher in the course—can waive this requirement and take GSTR 210 in their first term of attendance.

  • GSTR 210: Writing Seminar II: Identity and Diversity in the United States (credit cannot be transferred in or waived)
  • GSTR 310: Understandings of Christianity (credit cannot be transferred in or waived)
  • GSTR 332: Scientific Origins  OR the optional alternative of two approved Natural Science courses in two different disciplines, at least one of which must be approved as a Natural Science Laboratory course. To date, the following courses have been approved to meet this alternative (all of them approved to meet a Natural Science Laboratory course)—ANR 110, ANR 130, BIO 100, BIO 101, BIO 110, CHM 101, CHM 113, CHM 131, CHM 134, PHY 111, PHY 127, and PHY 221.
  • GSTR 410: Seminar in Contemporary Global Issues (credit cannot be transferred in or waived)
  • Practical Reasoning Requirement (two approved courses, at least one of which must be firmly grounded in mathematics or statistics)
  • Six Perspectives Areas—Arts; Social Science; Western History; Religion; African Americans', Appalachians', Women's; and International (Language or World Culture option)
  • Lifetime Health and Wellness: WELL 101, WELL 102 and Physical Activity Requirement
  • Active Learning Experience (ALE)
  • Developmental Mathematics Requirement
  • Twenty (20) courses taken outside the major
  • Convocation Requirement

NOTE:  Some Berea College courses can be used to fulfill more than one requirement. When a course is used to satisfy both a General Education requirement and a major requirement (i.e., PSY 100: General Psychology, which meets the General Education Social Science Perspective, as well as the requirement for the Psychology major), the credit is counted only once and in the major discipline. No single course may fulfill more than two General Education requirements and no single transfer course can fulfill more than one General Education requirement. The required General Studies courses (GSTR 110, GSTR 210GSTR 310, GSTR 332, and GSTR 410) cannot be used to fulfill any additional requirements.


The Aims of General Education

Knowledge

The General Education Program will help students understand:

  1. aesthetic, scientific, historical, and interdisciplinary ways of knowing;
  2. religion, particularly Christianity, in its many expressions;
  3. Berea College’ s historical and ongoing commitments to racial (traditionally black and white) and gender equality, as well as to the Appalachian region;
  4. the natural environment and our relationship to it;
  5. the roles of science and technology in the contemporary world;
  6. U.S. and global issues and perspectives.

Skills

The General Education Program will help students develop the abilities to:

  1. read and listen effectively; write and speak effectively, with integrity and style;
  2. think critically and creatively, and reason quantitatively;
  3. develop research strategies and employ appropriate technologies as a means to deepen one’s knowledge and understanding;
  4. work effectively both independently and collaboratively;
  5. resolve conflicts nonviolently.

Habits of Mind

The General Education Program will help students:

  1. deepen their capacities for moral reflection, spiritual development, and responsible action;
  2. develop an openness to and knowledgeable appreciation of human diversity in terms of race, gender, class, religion, sexuality, language, and culture;
  3. cultivate their imagination and ability to discern connections, consider alternatives, and think about topics and issues from multiple perspectives;
  4. think and act in ways that promote peace with justice;
  5. develop habits leading to lifetime health and fitness.

Learning Experiences

The above aims of General Education Program will be achieved through a combination of learning experiences designed to help students become independent learners and thinkers.  Such learning experiences are likely to include:

  1. Discussion and lecture;
  2. Student-initiated learning;
  3. Experiential learning (for example, service-learning, travel, internships, etc.);
  4. Collaborative learning.

Core Competencies

To determine the extent to which students have attained the Aims of General Education, Berea College will regularly asses student achievement in five areas:

  1. Critical Thinking 
  2. Communication 
  3. Research and Information Literacy 
  4. Quantitative Literacy 
  5. Intercultural Competence


Practical Reasoning Requirement--Two Courses

The Practical Reasoning Requirement is met through the satisfactory completion of two courses, at least one of which must be firmly grounded in mathematics or statistics. Courses meeting this requirement are intended to help students discern connections, consider alternatives, and think about topics and issues from multiple perspectives.

Designations for Practical Reasoning Courses

An approved Practical Reasoning course that is "firmly grounded in mathematics or statistics" is called "Practical Reasoning with Quantitative Emphasis" and is given the designation "PRQ." Other approved Practical Reasoning courses are given the designation "PR."

The Committee on General Education (COGE) has approved the following courses to meet the Practical Reasoning Requirement. COGE continues to review departmental proposals for additional courses to meet this requirement in the General Education curriculum.

NOTE: Transfer credit for PSY 100 General Psychology does not meet the Practical Reasoning requirement but meets the Social Science Perspective.

Approved Courses (PR & PRQ)

Courses below have been designated by the Committee on General Education to meet the indicated requirement.  Special topics courses are approved on a term-by-term basis and approvals are listed in the Schedule of Classes.  

Practical Reasoning--Quantitative Emphasis (PRQ)

CHM 131 Accelerated General Chemistry

1 Course Credit

CHM 134 Accelerated Environmental Chem

1 Course Credit

ECO 250 Applied Statistics

1 Course Credit

MAT 101/MAT 108 Math Modeling Using Computer

1 Course Credit

MAT 104 Introduction to Statistics

1 Course Credit

MAT 105 Intro to Discrete Math

1 Course Credit

MAT 108/MAT 101 Environ Issue:Math Model Appr

1 Course Credit

MAT 115 College Algebra with Modeling

1 Course Credit

MAT 125 Trigonometry with Applications

1 Course Credit

MAT 135 Calculus I

1 Course Credit

MAT 214 Linear Algebra

1 Course Credit

MAT 225 Calculus II

1 Course Credit

MAT 311 Probability

1 Course Credit

MAT 312 Operations Research

1 Course Credit

MAT 330 Calculus III

1 Course Credit

MAT 437 Differential Equations

1 Course Credit

PHY 130/PHY 225 Applied Mah for Physics & Eng.

1 Course Credit

PHY 225 Math Methods in Physics I

1 Course Credit

PSY 325 Stats & Rsrch Meth-Behav Sc II

1 Course Credit

SENS 320 Intro-Geographical Info System

1 Course Credit

SOC 340 Social Statistics-Diverse Soc

1 Course Credit

TAD 352 Quality Control

1 Course Credit

Practical Reasoning (PR)

BUS 114 Business App & Prog (CSC)

1 Course Credit

BUS 120 Accounting I

1 Course Credit

CFS 145 Consumer Decision Making

1 Course Credit

COM 201 Argumentation and Debate

1 Course Credit

COM 203 Persuasion

1 Course Credit

CSC 111 Storytelling-Comp Animation

1 Course Credit

CSC 114 Business App & Prog (BUS)

1 Course Credit

CSC 126 Intro to Robotics

1 Course Credit

GST 235 Intro to Behavioral Sciences

1 Course Credit

HIS 316 20th Cent Europe:Div & Recon

1 Course Credit

MAT 203 Geometry-Midl Grades/Elem Tchr

1 Course Credit

MAT 315 Fundamental Concepts of Math

1 Course Credit

PHI 104 Morality, Law & Philosophy

1 Course Credit

PHI 106 Introductory Reasoning

1 Course Credit

PHI 204/PSC 204 Justice&Law-Class Pol Phi(PSC)

1 Course Credit

PHI 207/PSC 207 Human Rights, Intl Law (PSC)

1 Course Credit

PHI 209/PSC 209 Freedom,Law,&Modern State(PSC)

1 Course Credit

PHI 214 Approaches to Ethics

1 Course Credit

PHI 218 Symbolic Logic

1 Course Credit

PHI 230 Reflecting on Nature

1 Course Credit

PHY 111 Introduction to Astronomy 1 Course Credit
PSC 204/PHI 204 Justice&Law-Class Pol Phi(PHI)

1 Course Credit

PSC 207/PHI 207 Human Rights, Intl Law (PHI)

1 Course Credit

PSC 209/PHI 209 Freedom,Law,&Modern State(PHI)

1 Course Credit

PSY 100 General Psychology***

1 Course Credit

REL 235 Christian Social Ethics

1 Course Credit

SENS 100 Intro-Sustainability & Environ

1 Course Credit

SOC 335 Methods of Social Research

1 Course Credit

***PSY 100 does not meet the Practical Reasoning Requirement if brought in as a Transfer Course.

Six Perspective Areas--All Six Areas Required

Individual courses may be approved to satisfy more than one Perspective Area; however, no single course will be designated to satisfy more than two Perspective Areas. Each course counts only once in the earned-credit minimum needed to graduate. The six Perspective Areas are:

Arts

develops an understanding and appreciation of artistic form and creation through the study and/or practice of the visual arts, creative writing, literature, music, dance, and/or theatre.

Social Science

develops a scientific understanding of human behavior at the individual, group, or community level.

Western History

develops an understanding and appreciation of history as a way of knowing through the study of one or more major traditions, institutions, events, or achievements of Western Civilization. The “West” denotes those regions in which the primary influence has been European in origin.

Religion

develops an understanding and appreciation of the role of religion in human experience through the study of one or more major religious traditions, institutions, or ideas.

African Americans’, Appalachians’, Women’s

develops an understanding and appreciation of diversity through the study of one or more of those groups central to Berea’s Commitments: African Americans, Appalachians, and/or Women.

International

develops an understanding and appreciation of world citizenship through the study of languages or world cultures. This perspective area may be met by the completion of either:

  1. two courses in the same, non-English language, one of which may be waived by a placement examination (i.e., at least one language course must be taken after entering Berea College).

    NOTE: Some majors require study in a foreign language. Students should check requirements for the department(s) they wish to pursue before deciding which option in the International Perspective to complete.

    OR 


  2. two world culture courses, one of which must be Non-Western; one or both of which may be met by approved courses taken abroad.

Approved Courses

Courses below have been designated by the Committee on General Education to meet the indicated requirement.  Special topic courses are approved on a term-by-term basis and approvals are listed in the Schedule of Classes.  Cross-listed courses are listed only once but are approved as meeting the associated perspective under either disciplinary rubric.  

Social Science Perspective

ARH 234 Intro to Archaeological Method

1 Course Credit

ARH 238 History & Analysis of Craft

1 Course Credit

BUS 257 Consumer Behavior

1 Course Credit

CFS 207/WGS 207 Family Relations (WGS)

1 Course Credit

COM 220 Theories of Communication

1 Course Credit

ECO 101 Principles of Macroeconomics

1 Course Credit

ECO 102 Principles of Microeconomics

1 Course Credit

ECO 301 Intermediate Macroeconomics

1 Course Credit

ECO 302 Intermediate Microeconomics

1 Course Credit

ECO 360/PSC 360 Int'l Political Economy (PSC)

1 Course Credit

ECO 370 Environ Issue in Public Policy

1 Course Credit

GST 235 Intro to Behavioral Sciences

1 Course Credit

HIS 200 Intro to Historical Study

1 Course Credit

PSC 100 Intro to Study of Politics

1 Course Credit

PSC 110 American Government

1 Course Credit

PSJ 305 Conflict Transformation

1 Course Credit

PSY 100
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General Psychology

1 Course Credit

SOC 100 Sociology of Everyday Life

1 Course Credit

SOC 110 Prob of American Institutions

1 Course Credit

SOC 220 Cultural Anthropology

1 Course Credit

Western History Perspective

HIS 314 Renaissance and Reformation

1 Course Credit

AFR 356/HIS 356 Sem-African-Amer History (HIS)

1 Course Credit

ARH 232 Classical Art & Archaeology

1 Course Credit

ARH 242 Medieval Art

1 Course Credit

ARH 255 20th & 21st Century Art

1 Course Credit

FRN 140 Frn Civilization Past/Present

1 Course Credit

GER 140 German Civilization

1 Course Credit

HIS 101 Western Civilization I

1 Course Credit

HIS 102 West Civ II:Std in Gendr (WGS)

1 Course Credit

HIS 130 Albion & Eire: British Isles

1 Course Credit

HIS 131 Britain & the Emp, 1688 to Pre

1 Course Credit

HIS 161 American History to 1865

1 Course Credit

HIS 162 American History Since 1865

1 Course Credit

HIS 165/AFR 165 Intro to Afr Amer His(AFR)

1 Course Credit

HIS 209 Classical Greek Civilization

1 Course Credit

HIS 215 Christianity to 1600 (REL)

1 Course Credit

HIS 310 Seminar in U. S. History

1 Course Credit

HIS 316 20th Cent Europe:Div & Recon

1 Course Credit

HIS 335 Topic Sem-Modern European His

1 Course Credit

HIS 355 Sem in American Rel Hist (REL)

1 Course Credit

LAT 210 Classical Roman Civ (HIS)

1 Course Credit

PHI 204/PSC 204 Justice&Law-Class Pol Phi(PSC)

1 Course Credit

PHI 209/PSC 209 Freedom,Law,&Modern State(PSC)

1 Course Credit

PHI 305 Classical Philosophy

1 Course Credit

PSY 420 His & Systems of Psychology

1 Course Credit

REL 202/HIS 202 Christians & Pagans (HIS)

1 Course Credit

SPN 140/HIS 140 History of Spain (HIS)

1 Course Credit

TAD 118 History of Technology

1 Course Credit

International Perspective (two options)

The International Perspective is met by taking EITHER
  1. Foreign Language Option —two courses in the same foreign language, one of which may be waived by a placement examination (at least one language course must be taken after entering Berea College unless transfer credit has been awarded for a foreign language through the second level) OR
  2. World Culture Option —two approved World Culture courses, at least one of which must be approved as Non-Western. Here is a list of courses that have been approved to meet the World Culture component of this perspective, first Non-Western, then Western:

International Perspective (Western)

ARH 230 Topics in Latin American Art

1 Course Credit

CFS 225 Food, Culture and Society

1 Course Credit

CFS 366/WGS 366 Cross-Cultrl Persp-Fam (WGS)

1 Course Credit

ECO 341 Economic Dev:Theory & Appl

1 Course Credit

ENG 103 ESL and American Culture

1 Course Credit

GER 140 German Civilization

1 Course Credit

HIS 131 Britain & the Emp, 1688 to Pre

1 Course Credit

HIS 224 20th Century World History

1 Course Credit

HIS 229/AST 229 Modern Imperialism (AST)

1 Course Credit

HIS 311 Seminar: Medieval History

1 Course Credit

LAT 117 Classical Etymology

1 Course Credit

PHI 207/PSC 207 Human Rights, Intl Law (PSC)

1 Course Credit

SOC 341 Soc of Dev & Social Change

1 Course Credit

SPN 140/HIS 140 History of Spain (HIS)

1 Course Credit

International Perspective (Non-Western)

AFR 136/REL 136 African Trad Religion (REL)

1 Course Credit

AFR 212/ENG 212 Lit-Caribbean Women(ENG/WGS)

1 Course Credit

AFR 260/HIS 260 Survey of African His (HIS)

1 Course Credit

ARH 220/AST 220
Topics in Indian Art H (AST)

1 Course Credit

ARH 239 Native Nrth Amer Art&Archaelog

1 Course Credit

AST 132/REL 132 Religions of China (REL)

1 Course Credit

AST 135/REL 135 Religions of Japan (REL)

1 Course Credit

AST 322/HIS 322 Sem in Chinese History (HIS)

1 Course Credit

AST 323/HIS 323 Sem in Japanese History (HIS)

1 Course Credit

ENG 242 Intro to Non-Western Lit

1 Course Credit

HHP 248 World Dance

1 Course Credit

HIS 122/AST 122 History of China (AST)

1 Course Credit

HIS 123/AST 123 History of Japan (AST)

1 Course Credit

HIS 223 Hist of Pre-Modern Middle East

1 Course Credit

HIS 270 Recent History of Middle East

1 Course Credit

MUS 106 World Music

1 Course Credit

PSC 175/HIS 175 His & Pol of Arab-Isr (HIS)

1 Course Credit

PSC 352 Politics of Developing Nations

1 Course Credit

REL 100 Religion in Global Context

1 Course Credit

REL 240/HIS 240 Islam (HIS)

1 Course Credit

REL 260/AST 260 Buddhism (AST)

1 Course Credit

REL 308/AST 308 Themes in Asian Tradition(AST)

1 Course Credit

Arts Perspective

ARH 210 Topics in Islamic Art & Archit

1 Course Credit

ARH 220/AST 220
Topics in Indian Art H (AST)

1 Course Credit

ARH 230 Topics in Latin American Art

1 Course Credit

ARH 232 Classical Art & Archaeology

1 Course Credit

ARH 233 Art&Arch Ancnt Nr East&Egypt

1 Course Credit

ARH 242 Medieval Art

1 Course Credit

ART 111 Printmaking I

1 Course Credit

ART 115 Drawing Fundamentals

1 Course Credit

ART 116 Painting I

1 Course Credit

ART 123 Ceramics I

1 Course Credit

ART 125 Fibers I

1 Course Credit

ART 130 Sculpture I

1 Course Credit

CFS 238 Human Environments II

1 Course Credit

COM 211 Broadcast Journalism I

1 Course Credit

CSC 111 Storytelling-Comp Animation

1 Course Credit

ENG 124 Intro to Creative Writing

1 Course Credit

ENG 141/AFR 141 African-American Lit (AFR)

1 Course Credit

ENG 200 Studies in Time

1 Course Credit

ENG 282 Workshop in Creative Writing

1 Course Credit

FRN 320 Panorama of French Lit I

1 Course Credit

FRN 321 Panorama of French Lit II

1 Course Credit

FRN 325 Seventeenth Century Frn Lit

1 Course Credit

FRN 330 Nineteenth Century French Lit

1 Course Credit

FRN 340 Twentieth Century French Lit

1 Course Credit

GER 320 German Poetry

1 Course Credit

GER 325 German Narrative Prose

1 Course Credit

GER 330 German Drama

1 Course Credit

GER 340 German Novel

1 Course Credit

HHP 245 Dance Education

1 Course Credit

HHP 248 World Dance

1 Course Credit

HHP 249 Dancing Through Space & Time

1 Course Credit

HHP 305 Improvisation & Choreography

1 Course Credit

LAT 210/HIS 210
Classical Roman Civ (HIS)

1 Course Credit

LAT 215 Classical Mythology

1 Course Credit

LAT 223 Virgil

1 Course Credit

LAT 321 Latin Historians

1 Course Credit

LAT 324 Classical Poetry

1 Course Credit

MUS 106 World Music

1 Course Credit

MUS 115 Intro to Music Literature

1 Course Credit

MUS 216 Perceptive Listening to Music

1 Course Credit

MUS 224/APS 224 Appalachian Music (APS)

1 Course Credit

MUS 234/AFR 234 Afri-Amer Mus:Overview (AFR)

1 Course Credit

REL 110 Religion and the Arts

1 Course Credit

SPN 315 Intro to Spanish Literature

1 Course Credit

SPN 320 Peninsular Literature I

1 Course Credit

SPN 321 Peninsular Literature II

1 Course Credit

SPN 330 Spanish American Literature I

1 Course Credit

SPN 331 Spanish American Literature II

1 Course Credit

SPN 340 The Novel

1 Course Credit

TAD 180 Graphic Com and Design

1 Course Credit

TAD 202 Photography

1 Course Credit

TAD 213/APS 213 Appalachian Crafts (APS)

1 Course Credit

THR 331 Film Production: Documentary

1 Course Credit

THR 332 Film Production: Feature Film

1 Course Credit

Religion Perspective

ARH 210 Topics in Islamic Art & Archit

1 Course Credit

ARH 242 Medieval Art

1 Course Credit

HIS 202/REL 202 Christians & Pagans (REL)

1 Course Credit

HIS 215/REL 215
Christianity to 1600 (REL)

1 Course Credit

HIS 223 Hist of Pre-Modern Middle East

1 Course Credit

HIS 240/REL 240 Islam (REL)

1 Course Credit

HIS 311 Seminar: Medieval History

1 Course Credit

HIS 314 Renaissance and Reformation

1 Course Credit

HIS 355 Sem in American Rel Hist (REL)

1 Course Credit

LAT 215 Classical Mythology

1 Course Credit

PSJ 205 Movements & Commnty Organizing

1 Course Credit

REL 100 Religion in Global Context

1 Course Credit

REL 109 Intro to Christian Thought

1 Course Credit

REL 110 Religion and the Arts

1 Course Credit

REL 126 Poverty and Justice

1 Course Credit

REL 132/AST 132 Religions of China (AST)

1 Course Credit

REL 135/AST 135 Religions of Japan (AST)

1 Course Credit

REL 136/AFR 136 African Trad Religion (AFR)

1 Course Credit

REL 211/WGS 211 Women in Religion (WGS)

1 Course Credit

REL 212 Rel, Rhetoric, & Rationality

1 Course Credit

REL 215 Christianity to 1600 (HIS)

1 Course Credit

REL 225 Images of Jesus

1 Course Credit

REL 228 The Bible, His., & Archeology

1 Course Credit

REL 235 Christian Social Ethics

1 Course Credit

REL 250 Judaism

1 Course Credit

REL 260/AST 260 Buddhism (AST)

1 Course Credit

REL 309 Themes in Abrahamic Traditions

1 Course Credit

REL 312 Religious Thought & Ethics

1 Course Credit

REL 308/AST 308 Themes in Asian Tradition(AST)

1 Course Credit

REL 320 Advanced Biblical Studies

1 Course Credit

REL 355 Sem in American Rel Hist (HIS)

1 Course Credit

African Americans', Appalachians', and Women's Perspective

AFR 202/PSC 202/WGS 202 Women & Afr Amer-Pol(WGS/PSC)

1 Course Credit

AFR 222 Intro to African-Amer Studies

1 Course Credit

AFR 230/APS 230 African Amer-Appalachia(APS)

1 Course Credit

APS 121 Appalachian Cultures

1 Course Credit

APS 113 Appalachian Weaving

1 Course Credit

APS 140/ENG 140 Appalachian Literature (ENG)

1 Course Credit

APS 229 Contemporary Issues-Appalachia

1 Course Credit

CFS 207/WGS 207 Family Relations (WGS)

1 Course Credit

CFS 209/APS 209 Appalachian Foodways (APS)

1 Course Credit

CFS 366/WGS 366 Cross-Cultrl Persp-Fam (WGS)

1 Course Credit

COM 310/WGS 310 Communication and Gender (WGS)

1 Course Credit

ENG 135/AFR 135/WGS 135 Afr-Amer Women Writer(AFR/WGS)

1 Course Credit

ENG 141/AFR 141 African-American Lit (AFR)

1 Course Credit

ENG 212/AFR 212/WGS 212 Lit-Caribbean Women(AFR/WGS)

1 Course Credit

ENG 237/WGS 237
Women And Literature (WGS)

1 Course Credit

HIS 102/WGS 102
West Civ II:Std in Gendr (WGS)

1 Course Credit

HIS 165/AFR 165 Intro to Afr Amer His(AFR)

1 Course Credit

HIS 253/APS 253 Appalachian America (APS)

1 Course Credit

HIS 356/AFR 356 Sem: African-Amer History(AFR)

1 Course Credit

HLT 210/APS 210 Health in Appalachia (APS)

1 Course Credit

HLT 236/WGS 236 Women and Health (WGS)

1 Course Credit

MUS 224/APS 224 Appalachian Music (APS)

1 Course Credit

MUS 234/AFR 234 Afri-Amer Mus:Overview (AFR)

1 Course Credit

PSJ 210 Diversity and Social Justice

1 Course Credit

REL 211/WGS 211 Women in Religion (WGS)

1 Course Credit

SENS 215/APS 215 Sustainable Appal Comm (APS)

1 Course Credit

SENS 225/AFR 225/APS 225/PSJ 225/WGS 225 Envr Justice(AFR/WGS/PSJ/APS)

1 Course Credit

SOC 132/AFR 132 Intro to Race in America (AFR)

1 Course Credit

SOC 330/APS 330 Comm Analysis:Appal Case(APS)

1 Course Credit

TAD 213/APS 213 Appalachian Crafts (APS)

1 Course Credit

WGS 124 Intro to Women's & Gender Stds

1 Course Credit

WGS 127 Riding the Waves of Feminism

1 Course Credit

WGS 220/APS 220 Gender in Appalachia (APS)

1 Course Credit

WGS 315 Classic Texts in Women's & Gen

1 Course Credit

Lifetime Health and Wellness

As of Fall 2017, all incoming students are required to complete WELL 101 and WELL 102 in their first year of attendance.  Students not successfully completing WELL 101 and WELL 102 in the first year must complete the sequence in the second year. Students who do not complete the sequence by the 5th term are subject to suspension.  Students admitted on previous catalogs must complete HLT 100 (prior to 2016-17) or WELL 101 (2016-17 catalog).

Berea College offers courses, programs, and facilities intended to promote the wellness and personal well-being of students and employees.  This commitment is reflected in the adoption of the FRESH Start Quality Enhancement Plan.  In addition to WELL 101 and WELL 102, each student must complete two 1/4-credit activity courses chosen from the 200-level HHP activity courses (from two different areas).  Waivers from the 1/4-credit activity courses are provided for students awarded a letter in an intercollegiate sport.  Students who are awarded one letter in each of two different sports may waive both of the 1/4-credit requirements.  If the student’s swimming skills are below the minimal safety/survival levels, students are required to complete HHP 200 and this may count as one of the two 1/4-credit activity courses.

Active Learning Requirement

The Active Learning Experience (ALE) is an opportunity for students to explore interconnections among various venues for learning—courses, labor, service, research, internships, etc. All ALEs must include: a) learning through sustained, continual engagement in, reflection on, and assessment of experiences; b) the use of knowledge, imagination, and judgment to address questions in novel contexts; and c) the exploration of connections between theory and practice, and between learning in courses and from experiences outside the classroom. When the experience has a strong Service-Learning component, it is designated as ALE-SL which indicates that the course is an active learning experience as a result of its incorporation of Service-Learning. Students must complete one approved ALE or ALE-SL.