General Education Component

Statement of Purpose

The University of North Alabama educates students in an environment of discovery and creative accomplishment. Integral to this endeavor is the UNA General Education Program, which consists of carefully selected courses in written composition; humanities and fine arts; natural sciences and mathematics; and  history, social, and behavioral sciences. All courses in the General Education Program are broad in scope, present major intellectual or aesthetic ideas, and are not specialized or vocational in purpose. In addition, they encourage students to consider the subject matter in its relation to their disciplines and its application to human concerns in a dynamic world. More particularly, the General Education Program is essential to students’ attainment of the following seven Core Competencies at UNA:

  1. Information Literacy: the ability to identify, access, evaluate, and integrate information from diverse sources for purposeful application.
  2. Critical Thinking: the ability to analyze, synthesize, interpret, evaluate, and reflect, both qualitatively and quantitatively to reach informed conclusions.
  3. Effective Communication: the ability to write and speak professionally and to comprehend complex material.
  4. Scientific Literacy: the ability to understand mathematical and scientific concepts as they relate to the natural world and technology.
  5. Aesthetic Awareness and Creativity: the ability to understand the role of the arts throughout history and to engage in activities that engender creative solutions.
  6. Cross-cultural and Global Perspective: the ability to understand characteristics and interactions of cultures throughout the world and within the United States.
  7. Informed Citizenship: the ability to understand how historical, economic, political, social, geographic, and scientific constructs develop, persist, and change.

To achieve these goals, General Education Program courses present the essential characteristics and basic processes of inquiry and analysis in the discipline, encourage the development of critical thinking and communication skills, and require students to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate knowledge. This broad intellectual experience, common to all students earning baccalaureate degrees from the University, provides a foundation for success in the major programs and assures that graduates possess a breadth of knowledge and competencies necessary for success in their careers; for participation in the civic life of their community, state, and nation; and for an ability to continue the process of learning throughout their lifetimes.

The General Education Program is fully compatible with the Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC) agreement, and UNA welcomes transfer students who have completed all or part of the General Education Program in other institutions whose courses are compatible with those at UNA. The University credits general education courses approved by the AGSC to the areas of the General Education Program for which they have received AGSC approval.

Individual academic programs at UNA may require specific courses in the General Education Program, and students should refer to each major for specified course requirements for Areas I-IV.

For the Bachelor of Science Degree

Area I. Written Composition 2
Select one sequence from the following:6
First-Year Composition I
and First Year Composition II
EN 121
& EN 122

Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts 2
Select three semester hours from an oral communication course:3
Fundamentals of Speech
Select three semester hours from one of the following fine arts courses:3
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I 1
Art History Survey II 1
Cinema Appreciation 1
Creative Writing Appreciation (* may not transfer)
Music Appreciation
Survey of Music Literature 1
Theatre Appreciation
Select three to six semester hours from the following:3-6
Survey of British Literature
and Survey of British Literature
American Literature through Whitman
and American Literature from Whitman to the Present
Literature of the World I
and Literature of the World II
EN 233
& EN 234

Select zero to three semester hours from the following:0-3
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Language 1
Introductory French
Introductory French
Intermediate French
Intermediate French
Introductory German
Introductory German
Intermediate German
Intermediate German
Business Ethics
World Religions
Old Testament Introduction
New Testament Introductions
Introductory Spanish
Introductory Spanish
Intermediate Spanish
Intermediate Spanish
Area III. Natural Sciences and Mathematics 2
Select three semester hours from the following:3
Finite Mathematics
Mathematical Reasoning for the Arts 1
Pre-Calculus Algebra
Pre-Calculus Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry
Calculus for Business and Life Sciences I
Calculus for Business and Life Sciences II
Calculus I
Calculus II
Elementary Statistics 1
Calculus III
Linear Algebra
Applied Differential Equations I
Select eight semester hours from the following:8
Introductory Biology
Introductory Biology
Principles of Biology
Principles of Biology
Introductory Chemistry
Introductory Chemistry Laboratory
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
General Chemistry
General Chemistry Laboratory
General Chemistry
General Chemistry Laboratory
Earth Science/Physical Geology
ES 131H
Historical Geology
Earth Science/Earth Systems
Sustainable Earth
Environmental Systems
Physical Geography: Weather and Climate
Physical Geography-Landforms
Interactive Physics
Introductory Physics
Descriptive Astronomy
General Physics I
General Physics II
Technical Physics I
Technical Physics II
Area IV. History, Social and Behavioral Sciences 2
Select six semester hours from the following:6
Survey of World Civilization to 1500
and Survey of World Civilization since 1500
United States History to 1877
and United States History since 1877
Select six semester hours from the following:6
Communication in a Global Age
Principles of Macroeconmics
Principles of Microeconomics
Human Growth and Development
Introduction to Global Studies
Honors Introduction to Global Studies
Global Perspectives through Study Abroad
Introduction to Latin American Studies
Global Environments and Societies
People, Place, and Culture
Child Development
Essentials of Healthy Living 1
Foundations of Health 1
United States Government and Politics
Global Politics and Society
General Psychology
Introductory Sociology
Current Social Problems
Leisure in Contemporary Life 1
Area V 2
The Area V courses are listed on the UNA website 2
Total Hours41

For the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Areas I-IV
Same as for the Bachelor of Science degree41
Area V
Required foreign language at the introductory level (101, 102) 16
Total Hours47