General Education Requirements

The General Education Program at VCSU requires the completion of 39 credits, selected from the course list outlined under the General Education Courses tab.  These courses serve as the intellectual foundation for both skill development and breadth of knowledge fundamental to a college education, offering a powerful, integrated learning experience that builds capabilities essential for the 21st century.

As a network of interrelated courses, the General Education Program promotes rigorous study in the liberal arts, leading to lifelong learning, meaningful service, and effective citizenship within an integrated and diverse society.

Learning to Live, Living to Learn

First year students will enroll in UNIV 150 Learning to Live, Living to Learn, a seminar which provides an introduction to many aspects of campus life at VCSU. The Learning to Live course begins during the opening weekend activities prior to the start of fall semester and continues into the semester.

Learning to Live course topics include team building, orientation to campus services, adjusting to college, substance abuse issues, academic policies, time management, academic advising, orientation to career services, learning styles, stress management, Campus Connection training, and paying for college. In addition, students complete a required service project.

First year students 21 years or older and those entering with 23 or more semester hours may elect not to take UNIV 150 Learning to Live, Living to Learn.

Student placement into college math and English courses is based on ACT, SAT, and Accuplacer scores.  Compare your scores to those in tables below to determine course placement.

ACT Math SAT Mathematics Accuplacer
MATH 103 College Algebra 21-36 530 76-120 Elementary Algebra
ASC 93 Algebra Prep III 19-20 510-520 57-75 Elementary Algebra
ASC 92 Algebra Prep II 16-18 430-500 41-56 Elementary Algebra
ASC 91 Algebra Prep I 0-15 0-420 0-40 Elementary Algebra
ACT English SAT Reading & Writing Accuplacer
ENGL 120 College Composition I or ENGL 125 Introduction to Professional Writing 23-36
ENGL 110 College Composition 18-36 480 5 WritePlacer
ENGL 110 College Composition with ASC 88 Composition Lab (co-enroll) 14-17 410-470 4 WritePlacer
ASC 87 College Writing Prep 0-13 0-400 1-3 WritePlacer

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 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 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
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
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select two of the following:8
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
Introductory College Physics I
Introductory College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Introduction to Psychology Lab (Corequisite: PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology) 1
Technology, Engineering, and Design
HPER 100Concepts of Fitness and Wellness2
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Information Systems
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Discovering Computing
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
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
Acting One
Art and Music
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
World Music
History of Rock and Roll
Social Science
Select two of 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 1
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
Drawing I
Ceramics 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

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.