Undergraduate General Education Requirements

  1. Students must have a total of 30 credits for Bachelor’s or 15 credits for Associate’s in the domains: Broad Knowledge and Intellectual Skills, Communications, and Christian Life and Thought. The courses for each domain are listed below with each course being 3 credits.
  2. Transfer credits may be used to meet general education requirements according to the guidelines below.
  3. Each course may only be used to meet either major/concentration requirements or general education requirements, but not both.

City Vision’s general education requirements were adapted from models provided by the Lumina Foundation’s Degree Qualification Profile as well as the AAC&U’s LEAP campaign’s Essential Learning Outcomes. Much of the language and categories for our revised general education requirements come from these two sources because they represent the most widely used related standards in the US. City Vision has simplified their requirements to reflect our mission that focuses primarily on degree completion for adult learners. These general education requirements went into effect for the 19-20 academic year. For our prior general education requirements see below. Students from previous catalog years that are still active with City Vision may request to change their catalog year to the new requirements.

Prescribed General Education Courses for Students Transferring In Less than Half Their Degree

Students entering City Vision with transfer credits of less than half their degree (60 for Bachelor’s or 30 for Associate’s) will be required to take the following specific courses to meet the above requirements and graduate.

Foundational Courses

Signature Courses

Students that maintain at least a 3.5 GPA at graduation may be granted an exception to the above prescribed Foundational Course requirements. The above courses will count toward general education unless they are already applied to their core degree requirement.

Mapping Transfer Credit to General Education

The following is how transfer credit will be mapped to general education credits with City Vision.


Including: Survey of Literature, Technical Writing, Poetry Writing, English Composition, Business Communication, etc.

Broad Knowledge and Intellectual Skills

  • Mathematics including: Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Differential Equations, etc.
  • Sciences including: Astronomy, Biology, Ecology and Environmental Science, Chemistry, Geology, Nutrition, Physical Geography and Oceanography, Physics, etc.
  • Humanities including: History, Literature, Philosophy and Ethics, Foreign Languages And Cultures, Linguistics, Jurisprudence or Philosophy of Law, Archaeology, Comparative Religion, The History, Theory and Criticism of the Arts, etc.
  • Social Sciences including: Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Political science, Government, Economics, Communications Studies, Fine Arts, Painting, Sculpture, Music, Film, Photography, etc.

Christian Life, Thought and Social Responsibility

Any Christian course that helps achieve the outcomes similar to those listed in the General Education Outcomes tab above or other foundational Christian subjects.

Institutional Learning Outcomes: Profile of a City Vision Graduate

Institutional learning outcomes are the outcomes that all City Vision should have upon graduation. Students completing a City Vision degree will achieve the outcomes below in each of these domains:

  1. Communication.
    Associate’s: Develop and present cogent, coherent and substantially error-free writing for communication to general and specialized audiences.
    Bachelor’s: Construct sustained, coherent arguments, narratives or explications of issues, problems or technical issues and processes, in writing and at least one other medium, to general and specific audiences.
  2. Broad Knowledge and Intellectual Skills.
    Apply practical skills, literacy, technology skills, critical thinking and lifelong learning skills in personal and professional life, utilizing knowledge from Social and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities, Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and other fields.
  3. Christian Life, Thought and Social Responsibility.
    Develop a life plan for their own personal vocation, life balance and calling, as well as bringing social change to the world in line with Christian values.
    Articulate a Christian worldview within their profession and its impact on their approach to work in their field and implications for social responsibility.
    Develop plans and competencies to increase personal and organizational cross-cultural effectiveness.
  4. Specialization. Please see the degree-specific outcomes for each degree that describe what students will achieve upon graduation.

Bachelor’s degree students must take a total of 30 credits, with at least 3 being from each of the four general education areas (English & Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Humanities & Fine Arts). Associate degree students must take a total of 15 credits, with at least 3 from each.

If a student already has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school, then the General Education requirements are waived.

At minimum, general education credits must include:

English & Communications
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Mathematics & Natural Sciences 
Humanities & Fine Arts
Total General Education 

min 3 / max 21
min 3 / max 21
min 3 / max 21
min 3 / max 21____________
30 Bachelor’s / 15 Associate’s

To learn more about the types of accreditation accepted, the conversion of quarter hours to semester hours and related topics, view our Transfer Credit Policies page.

The following is a list of how City Vision courses may be used to fulfill general education requirements.

English & Communications (min 3 / max 21)

Students who have not previously attended college are required at least to take English Composition I and/or Business Communications. 

Based on feedback from faculty and staff, we may require students to take English Composition if their writing is not at a sufficient level to meet the requirements of more advanced courses.

  • English Composition I
  • Business Communication

Social & Behavioral Sciences (min 3 / max 21)

  •  Urban Youth Ministry
  •  Christian Community Development
  • Managing Residential Recovery Programs
  • Counseling in the City
  • Life Skills Training
  • Urban Evangelism & Discipleship
  • Case Management
  • Recovery Dynamics
  • Counseling Foundations
  • Drugs of Abuse
  • Counseling Alcoholics
  • Professional Counseling Practices 
  • Mental Illness and Addiction
  • Group Counseling Practices
  • Sexual Issues in Addiction
  • Family Issues and Recovery

Mathematics & Natural Science (min 3 / max 21)

Humanities & Fine Arts (min 3 / max 21)

  • Theology & Strategies of Urban Missions
  • Theology of Work
  • History of Urban Missions
  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Bible Interpretation
  • Biblical Theology

The list below shows how common courses from other institutions would be classified for transfer credit.

Classification of Courses for Transfer Credit – Typical Courses

English / Communications

  • Survey of American Literature
  • Survey of English Literature
  • Survey of World Literature
  • Shakespeare I
  • Analyzing & Interpreting Literature
  • Technical Writing
  • Poetry Writing
  • Descriptive Grammar of the English Language
  • Children’s Literature
  • Writing for Children & Adolescents
  • Foundations of Education
  • Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School


  •  Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Graphs and Networks
  • Topology
  • Number Theory
  • Complex Variables
  • Scientific Computation
  • History of Mathematics
  • Cryptography
  • Control Systems
  • Mathematical Logic
  • Functional Analysis

Natural Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Ecology and Environmental Science
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Meteorology
  • Physical Geography and Oceanography
  • Soil Science
  • Physics


  • History
  • Literature
  • Philosophy And Ethics
  • Foreign Languages And Cultures
  • Linguistics
  • Jurisprudence or Philosophy of Law
  • Archaeology
  • Comparative Religion
  • The History, Theory, and Criticism
    of the Arts

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Political science
  • Government
  • Economics
  • Communications Studies

Fine Arts

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Music
  • Film
  • Photography