General Education Requirements

Students must meet a minimum test score for placement in English and math courses established by North Dakota University System Procedure 413.1.  For more information, see Placement in English and Math.

Additional English Placement Policies

Incoming students with an ACT English score of 23 or above may choose to be placed in ENGL 120 College Composition II or ENGL 125 Introduction to Professional Writing.  Further, students who choose this option will take ENGL 210 College Composition III: Persuasive Writing to fulfill the general education communication/writing requirement at Valley City State University.

Students who have been awarded institutional placement credit (3) for ENGL 110 College Composition I (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university, and who have successfully completed ENGL 120 College Composition II or ENGL 125 Introduction to Professional Writing with a C or better, will take ENGL 210 College Composition III: Persuasive Writing to fulfill the general education communication/writing requirement at Valley City State University.

Students should view their major program for required general education courses.

General Education Requirements 

English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Mathematics in Society
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following, one must come from the Natural and Physical Sciences category8
Natural and Physical Sciences (ND:LABSC)
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Additional Sciences (ND:SCI)
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Technology Solutions for Society
Select one of the following:2
Concepts of Fitness and Wellness
Introduction to Stress Management
Computer Science and Literacy
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Information Security
Introduction to Computer Information Systems 1
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Social Implications of Computer Technology 1
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Oral Interpretation
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
Bible as Literature
Women and Literature
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Introduction to Digital Media
Art History I
Art History II
History of Craft
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Popular/Rock Music
Social Science
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Humanities or Social Science
Select one additional course from Humanities or Social Science or select from the following:2
Two-Dimensional Design
Drawing I
Ceramics I
Photography I
Survey of Geography
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Group Piano for Non-Majors
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
Planetarium Science
Theatre Practicum
Total Credits39

Course satisfies the Digital Literacy graduation requirement.

General Education Learning Goals and Outcomes

General Education Learning Goals General Education Learning Outcomes Outcome Statement
Values Appreciation of the Arts/Aesthetics The ability to understand, recognize the value in, and be affected by the products of human endeavor, including the visual, musical, literary, and performing arts.
Ethics The conscientious determination of what makes an act right or wrong, that includes an understanding of the value system used for that decision, the ramifications, and the importance of acting in accordance with established principles.
Diversity The acknowledgement of and respect for differences in the living world.
Literacies Communication The conscious use of structural and presentational skills to convey an intended message to a specific audience through verbal, non-verbal and/or written expression.
Creative and Critical Thinking A comprehensive skill set that allows one to reach an informed opinion, conclusion, and/or decision based on observation, research, imagination, synthesis, and reflection.
Quantitative Literacy The number sense, mathematical understanding, and problem-sovling abilities required for logical and analytical thinking, and the ability to construct and communicate viable arguments using numerical evidence.
Technological Skills/Literacy The ability to research, use, and assess the appropriate technology to solve a problem, and to understand how technology impacts individuals and society.
Habits Collaboration The ability to work responsibly with others to achieve a common goal and to promote group success.
Civic Engagement Participation in the life of a community in order to improve conditions for others or to shape the community's future.
Holistic Health The well-being of body, mind, and spirit, to enhance the quality of life for self and others.