Apr 13, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

General Education Curriculum

General Education Mission Statement

The mission of the General Education Program at Tusculum University builds and enhances the foundational skills and content knowledge necessary for the academic success, career preparation, and personal development of an informed, engaged citizen, regardless of their chosen major. These competencies include effective written and verbal communication, critical thinking and analytical reasoning for problem solving, knowledge of self and diversity in their communities, and civic engagement by way of traditional instruction and service learning that extends beyond the classroom.

General Education Design

Tusculum’s General Education Curriculum is designed:

  1. To be an integrated and coherent core curriculum that establishes intellectual common ground through a series of courses and experiences employing both theory and practice;
  2. To incorporate innovative pedagogies that will develop students’ abilities as engaged learners in both the classroom and the community, and
  3. To develop the knowledge, skills, perspectives and practical wisdom crucial to effective citizenship. Most specifically, Tusculum seeks to graduate individuals who will become engaged in their communities in various ways and who will know how to most effectively achieve the common good and justice in a global context.

General Education Course Outcomes

In the general education curriculum, Tusculum students will develop the following:

University Success Skills

  • Students will create pathways for success leading up to and post-graduation by fostering early connections to institutional personnel and resources.
  • Students will develop the ability to become an informed participant in civic processes.


2A Writing

  • Students will develop writing facility in a variety of modes for distinct audiences.
  • Students will evaluate the credibility of sources in using them to construct written arguments.

2B Public Speaking

  • Students will structure evidence to convincingly support their arguments.
  • Students will create messages appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context.
  • Students will evaluate personal communication strengths and weaknesses


  • Students will explain information presented in mathematical forms.
  • Students will solve equations at the appropriate course level.

Arts and Humanities

  • Students will identify their place within broader cultural and artistic traditions.
  • Students will describe how different mediums have been used to affect the transmission of culture over time.

Natural Science

  • Students will graph scientific data.
  • Students will produce a scientific laboratory report using the IMRAD structure.

Social Science and Behavioral Wellness

  • Students will explain the core concepts of their chosen field of study in the social sciences.
  • Students will appraise relevant arguments from their chosen field of study in the social sciences.


  • Students will explain historical change using chronological arguments.
  • Students will evaluate how the presentation of events in primary sources is shaped by the authors’ perspective.


  • Students will evaluate arguments arising from various authoritative religious texts.
  • Students will recognize their own theological commitments on the basis of informed self-reflection.

Civic Studies

  • Students will appraise citizen participation in civic processes.
  • Students will summarize the disparate viewpoints prevalent in contemporary American Society pertaining to community relations.


General Education

The University-wide General Education courses are listed below. In many cases, programs of study have elected to establish an individualized list of required general education courses more appropriate for study in the major. Please refer to the individual programs for major-specific general education requirements. Unless specified as required by the major, core requirement deficiencies, except Composition II, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies and Civic Studies are waived for students who have earned an associate of arts or associate of science degree from a regionally accredited institution.  General Education requirements, except religious studies and any program specific requisite coursework, are waived for Teacher Education students who have earned an A.S.T. in Elementary Education from a regionally accredited institution.

General Education Curriculum

University Success Skills

(1 credit)


Take ENGL 110 (3 credits), ENGL 111 (3 credits), and one course in COMM or SPCH (3 credits) for a total of 9 credits.


Take one MATH course for 3 or 4 credits.  Choice may be dictated by program; see Special Requirements section above.

Arts and Humanities

Take one literature course (3 credits) and one additional course from either category (3 credits) for a total of 6 credits.

Natural Science

Take one science course (3 credits) along with that course’s lab (1 credit) for a total of 4 credits.  Choice may be dictated by program; see Special Requirements section above.

Behavioral Wellness and Social Science

Behavioral, Wellness, and Social Science:  Choose 2 courses for a total of 6 credits.  No more than one course may be from the Wellness category.  Choice may be dictated by program; see Special Requirements section above.


Choose one course for 3 credits - Must be a different religion course if used above to satisfy a requirement in the Arts and Humanities general education core.

Civic Studies

Choose one course for 3 credits.  Must be a different political science course if used above to satisfy a requirement in the Social Science general education core.​


Total Credits: 41-42  - depending upon specific program requirements


English and Mathematics Placement

Composition Placement for Freshmen

All students must enroll in English composition, but the exact requirements will vary, based on a combination of the student’s ACT English subscore or SAT Verbal score or placement testing at the time of entrance to Tusculum University. (Adult and Online Studies students have the option of self-placement.) The average student should expect to enroll in ENGL 110  and ENGL 111 . Students needing extra preparation in developing university-level writing skills will be required to enroll in ENGL 100 . Students with exceptionally strong preparation may be able to elect ENGL 111 . Prior completion of equivalent coursework at other accredited institutions will satisfy the composition requirement. Guidelines are presented in the following table.

SAT Verbal sub score ACT English sub score Composition Requirement
390 or below 16 or below ENGL 105 , ENGL 110 , ENGL 111  
400-460 17-19 ENGL 105 , ENGL 110 , ENGL 111  (placement testing for ENGL 105  vs. ENGL 110 )
470-590 20-25 ENGL 110  and ENGL 111  
600 or above 26 or above ENGL 111  

Math Placement (ALEKS)

All students must enroll in mathematics, but the exact requirements will vary, based on placement testing at the time of entrance to Tusculum University. Students satisfy the General Education mathematics requirement by passing the mathematics course required in their major program of study. An equivalent or higher-level transfer math class will be accepted in lieu of placement testing.

Students will access our math placement testing via Tusculum’s learning management system.

Course  Cut Score Range Comments Description
MATH 105  
Basic College Mathematics
 14-30 Preparatory course for statistics and liberal arts math The course assesses students’ skills, identifies specific learning barriers, and provides techniques to promote student success. Mathematical topics include the real number system; absolute value; order of operations; conversions between fractions, decimals and percent; operations with fractions; ratios and proportions; identifying slope and intercepts of a linear equation; interpreting slope as a rate of change; writing, graphing and solving linear equations and inequalities in two variables; properties of exponents; scientific notation; operations with polynomials, and radical expressions.
MATH 106  
Preparation for Pre-calculus
14-45 Preparatory course for pre-calculus This course identifies skills needed and promotes techniques for mathematical computations. The course includes topics such as factoring polynomials; using laws of exponents; solving quadratic equations and applications; simplifying rational expressions, graphing, and solving rational equations; solving complex fractions; simplifying radical expressions, graphing, and solving radical equations.
MATH 122   
Liberal Arts Mathematics
31-100   This course is designed to develop an interest in mathematics and the importance of quantitative reasoning for an informed citizenry. This course, in its unique focus of social issues, will cover algebra thinking, application and interpretation of functions and elementary statistics.
MATH 140  
31-100   Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics using mainly parametric methods. Some of the major areas covered are: measures of central tendencies, measures of dispersion, distributions (such as frequency, normal, binomial and probability), correlation, regression and hypothesis testing.
MATH 180  
46-75   An intense review and extension of the aspects of algebra, geometry and trigonometry that are most important in the study of calculus; an introduction to new ideas necessary for the study of calculus such as limit, continuity and composition of functions.
MATH 190  
Calculus I
76-100   Introduction of calculus including limits, differentiation, integration and analytic geometry. Applications (both traditional and modern) appear throughout, including examples from geometry, economics and physics. The graphing, functional and programming features of graphing calculators will be employed to enhance the understanding and application of calculus.