Department of General Education

generalstudies.jpgDepartmental Mission 
The mission of the general education program at Southwestern Christian University (SCU) is to provide a foundation for all degree programs and offer opportunities for students to develop competencies in critical thinking, servant leadership, and literacy integrated into a life of faith.


Student Learning Outcomes for General Education

To fulfill its mission in general education, SCU students will demonstrate the following outcomes.

Critical Thinking

  • Apply inductive and deductive reasoning to real and hypothetical situations.  


  • Students adjust their use of spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes. 
  • Students create print and non-print texts using a variety of technological and informational resources.
  • Students demonstrate a Christian understanding of how ethical decisions are made collaboratively via written and verbal group projects. 
  • Students utilize critical and creative thinking skills and strategies to conduct research on issues and interests: (a) students generate ideas and questions to research issues and interest, (b) students synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.
  • Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities. They lead classes, small group discussions, and take charge of their and others’ learning.

History and Political Science

  • Students will differentiate between the three branches of the Federal Government with special emphasis on the practical duties of each branch.
  • Students will identify and describe the principles on which the U.S. Constitution is based.
  • Students will develop traits of compassion’ teach ability, and servant-leadership.
  • Students will be able to identify the major personalities that have shaped the history of the United States.
  • Students will be able to identify the major events that have shaped the history of the U.S.
  • Students will be able to sequence major events from the history of the U.S.

Lifetime Wellness

  • Students will apply basic principles of physical fitness.
  • Students will describe and apply proper nutrition and weight management.
  • Students will develop and demonstrate knowledge of leisure concepts and principles for a healthy lifestyle.


  • Students will apply algebraic concepts to model and solve real-life situations using arithmetic, linear, polynomial rational, exponential, inequalities, and problem solving.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in solving one-variable linear and quadratic equations.  
  • Students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in solving multi-variable systems of linear equations of inequality.


  • Students will identify seven (7) major organ systems.
  • Students will explain the interactions of organ systems.
  • Students will describe the function of the body’s organ systems.
  • Students will describe the effects of nutrition and exercise in human health.