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General Education

General Education courses are the basic college courses that you are required to complete before you begin studying the subjects that are directly related to your major.  General education classes (also referred to as foundation classes) are the same for everyone studying at Holy Patriot University.  The main purpose of HPU general education courses is that you gain a well-rounded education and understand the important basics of all subjects. While you will learn specialized knowledge about your major subject, you still will need to know about general topics to navigate through life successfully.

HPU General Education Requirements
(36 Total Credit Hours)

  • English Composition: (6 Hours)

    • ENGL 101 - Introduction to Academic Writing

      • ​Designed to introduce students to the critical thinking, reading, and writing skills required in the university and beyond. This course will focus on writing effective, well-argued essays.

    • ENGL 102 - Writing and Research About Culture 

      • ​Through exploration of cultural themes, students will build on and advance the thinking, reading, and writing skills learned in English 101 while focusing on rhetoric and research. Satisfies diversity and international requirements.

      • Prerequisite(s): ENGL 101 with a grade of “C” or better

  • Mathematics: (6 Hours)

    • MATH 103 - Applied College Algebra Fundamentals 

      • ​Functions and graphs including linear functions, quadratic and other polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions; zeros of polynomial functions; systems of equations and inequalities. Graphing calculator required.

    • MATH 206 - Mathematics of Finance

      • ​Simple and compound interest, annuities, and related topics. Graphing calculator required

      • Prerequisite(s): MATH 103 with a grade of "C" or better

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 Hours)

    • PSYC 110 - Introduction to Psychology

      • ​The science of how people think, feel, and behave. Research and discovery of how psychology informs what it means to be human.

    • SOCI 100 - General Sociology 

      • ​Introduction to the discipline. Emphasis on sociological perspectives and core concepts.

  • Natural Science (6 Hours)

    • BIOL 121 - Biological Principles and Issues I

      • ​Introduction to cell biology, genetics, biotechnology, evolution, and diversity of plants and animals, emphasizing relevance to personal public health

    • BIOL 122 - Biological Principles and Issues II

      • ​Introduction to animal and plant structure and function, animal behavior, and ecology, emphasizing relevance to personal and public health.

      • Prerequisite(s): BIOL 121 with a grade of "C" or better

  • Literature (3 Hours)

    • ENGL 212 - Literature and Other Media 

      • ​Explores the relationship of literature to other arts. Content varies. May be repeated once for credit when the topic changes.

      • Prerequisite(s): ENGL 102 with a grade of "C" or better

  • History (3 Hours)

    • HIST 101 - World Civilizations 

      • ​Survey of the social, cultural, political and economic patterns of change in world societies

  • Communication (3 Hours)

    • CMCN 310 - Public Speaking 

      • ​Theory and practice for the preparation and delivery of speeches. Preparation for professional presentations. Use of multimedia technologies in oral presentations.

  • Fine Arts (3 Hours)

    • MUS 104 - Music Appreciation: Christian Music 

      • ​Christian music from the Middle Ages to the present.