GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

The program of General Studies comprises those learning experiences common to all students at Dallas Baptist University. They are completed for the most part in the student’s freshman and sophomore years.

The General Studies requirements are designed to develop the basic understanding and skills needed by broadly educated men and women in a democratic society. They involve a concern for the student’s intellectual, spiritual, emotional, and physical growth.

These courses are listed at the 1000 and 2000 level except in the Religion Department. If a student’s degree plan requires more than six hours of religion, then upper-level religion, Christian Studies, and Intercultural Studies classes will be allowed to satisfy this General Studies requirement.

The following chart outlines the specific General Studies requirements for each of DBU’s bachelor’s degrees. All requirements are to be met from 1000 and 2000 level courses with the possible exception of religion. Students must also complete the required number of Chapel attendances. Each discipline may specify the courses listed within the discipline that may be used to satisfy the General Studies requirements. Students should carefully study the General Studies requirements for the degree they plan to pursue. Students interested in pursuing teacher certification should refer to the College of Education section of this catalog for specific General Studies requirements.

General Studies Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees

(1000 and 2000 level courses)

General Studies Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees

(1000 and 2000 level courses)

 

BA/BAEd

BS/BSEd

BBA

BM

BMA

BME

BBS/

BAS

Developing A Christian Mind

3

3

3

3

3

3

3*

 

DCM 2301

* Students pursuing a BAS or BBS degree are required to take PRST 3301 Lifelong Learning instead of DCM 2301.

English

12

9

9

9

9

9

9

 

ENGL 1301, 1302, and 2301 and/or 2302

Fine Arts

3

3

3

0

0

3

3

 

(BA/BAEd; BS/BSEd; BBA; BBS/BAS) FINE 1306*

(BME) – MUSI 2305

*(BAEd/BSEd EC-6 Core Subjects and EC-12 Special Education students take EDUC 4334 in major instead.)  

Foreign Language

14*

0

0

8**

0

0

0

 

*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met. These hours must be from the same language.

**BM students with a major in Performance are required to take eight hours of 1000 level Spanish, French, or German. 

Foundations for Excellence

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

 

Fall – FOUN 1101 - Required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

 

HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, 2302

Kinesiology

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

 

KNES 1101 and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES requirements are waived.

Mathematics

3

3

6

3

3

3

3

 

(BA/BAEd; BM; BMA) MATH 1301, 1303, 1307, or 1405 

(BA/BS Cell Biology) MATH 1405

(BME) MATH 1303

(BA/BS Macrobiology) MATH 1303 or 1405

(BAS; BBS) MATH 1301, 1303, 1304, 1307, 1308, or 1405 (BAS CISC does not accept MATH 1301)

(BS/BSEd) MATH 1303, 1307, or 1405

(BBA) MATH 1307 and 1308

[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a requisite.]

Natural Science with Lab

4

15

4

4

4

4

4

 

One laboratory science or 15 credit hours of laboratory science (B.S.) selected from two or more areas of

Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics.

Religion

9

9

9

9

9

9

12

 

RELI 1301, 1302, and additional credit hours depending on the degree program and credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment. College of Christian Faith, College of Education, Department of Music, and College of Professional Studies students should refer to their specific programs for their religion requirements.

Social Science

6

6

12

3

3

3

6

 

POLS 2301 Additional hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. 

(BBA) ECON 2301, 2302; POLS 2301 and three hours from Psychology or Sociology. 

(BMA; BME POLS 2301

(Teacher Certification) POLS 2301; and additionally POLS 2302 for 7-12 History Certification.

Speech

3*

3*

3

3

0

0

0

                    

COMA 1302

 

*Not required for all BA/BAEd and BS/BSEd majors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maximum Total General Studies Hours

66

60

58

51

40

43

48

 

NOTE: Chapel is a required part of the educational experience, except for students 25 years of age or older as of the first class day of the first enrolled semester at DBU.

Refer to the appropriate major under the Academic Program section of this catalog for specific General Studies and course requirements.

SUGGESTED PLANS FOR FULFILLING THE GENERAL STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

 ba req

 

bs reqs

 

bba reqs

These are only suggested plans and may be rearranged to fit the student’s needs. Each student should consult his/her advisor for detailed information regarding degree plans and curriculum requirements.