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 110 Craft of Computing 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* 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

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

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

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 110/PHY 110 A History of Cosmology 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

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
CLS 222 Classical Mythology (REL) 1 Course Credit
COM 211 Broadcast Journalism I 1 Course Credit
CSC 110 Craft of Computing 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 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
REL 222 Classical Mythology (CLS) 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
CLS 222 Classical Mythology (REL)  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
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 222 Classical Mythology (CLS) 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

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.