The College’s General Education requirement includes 38 credit hours of course work, which includes a 1-credit-hour Orientation, a 3-credit-hour course in Social Justice and a Theological general education capstone.

Students who started at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Fall 2017 or later, either as new or transferring students, are subject to these requirements. Students admitted prior to Fall 2017 should consult the catalog under which they were accepted to identify the applicable General Education Requirements.

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General Education Courses


The College’s General Education baccalaureate degree course requirements are as follows:

Required courses during freshman semesters 1 and 2:

  • General Education 100 or 100T (transfer protected)
  • General Education 290 (Honors students only)
  • HUMS 110 Foundations of Western Culture (transfer protected)
  • EWPC 103 English Composition (Honors students take EWPC 106)
  • THEO 110 Social Justice (transfer protected)
  • EWPC 150 Public Speaking
  • MATH 104 Algebra and Trigonometry, or MATH 110 Finite Mathematics, or MATH 171 Principles of Statistics
  • BIOL 115 Cell and Evolution Biology plus lab, or CHEM 200 General and Analytical Chemistry I plus lab, or GEOL 110 Earth and Space Science plus lab, or SCIE 102 General Science plus lab

Any two of the following Humanities courses during the second semester of freshman year and/or the sophomore year (students are not able to repeat a prefix in their Humanities choices):

  • ARTS 100 Introduction to the Performing Arts
  • ARTS 120 Digital Photography
  • ARTS 140 Introduction to Graphic Design
  • ARTS 160 Drawing I
  • ARTS 170 Introduction to Visual Arts
  • EWPC 111 The Literary Experience (Honors students take EWPC 112)
  • PHIL 200 Great Philosophical Ideas

Any two of the following Social Science courses during the second semester of freshman year and/or the sophomore year (students are not able to repeat a prefix in their Social Science choices):

  • ECON 160 Economic Theory and Personal Finance
  • HIST 110 American Civilization
  • HIST 115 Western Civilization
  • HIST 120 World Civilizations
  • PLSC 220 American Political System I
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOCL 210 General Sociology

A Capstone Sequence taken in order beginning in the second semester of sophomore year or later:

  • EWPC 204 Academic Reading and Writing II (transfer protected)
  • THEO 230 The Search for Ultimate Meaning (transfer protected)

Some courses in the General Education curriculum can be taken to meet the needs of students majoring in any of the College’s traditional academic programs.

The General Education Program applies to students in traditional, associate degree, and accelerated degree programs, as well as to transfer students. To this end,

  • Traditional students complete the 38-credit-hour General Education Program.
  • Associate degree students complete the first 36-credit hours of General Education, plus 24 credit hours in their major discipline, for a 60-credit-hour program.
  • Transfer students meet the 38-credit-hour General Education Program requirements, including taking the transfer-protected courses, HUMS 110, THEO 110, EWPC 204, and THEO 230.
  • Students in accelerated programs meet the 38-credit-hour General Education Program requirements through a special sequence, described below.

Full-time Traditional Students with few or No College Credits

Prior to their first semester, new traditional students take GENL 100, Orientation. In their first semester, these students take three or four General Education classes, two of which, HUMS 110, Foundations of Western Culture and THEO 110, Social Justice, are linked in a common learning community. Freshmen typically take a math General Education requirement: MATH 104 Algebra and Trigonometry, or MATH 110 Finite Mathematics, or MATH 171 Principles of Statistics. They also take a course in their major their first semester.

In their second semester, traditional students take additional General Education requirements: EWPC 150 (Public Speaking), the math requirement if not taken first semester, and the science requirement: BIOL 115 (Cell and Evolution Biology plus lab) or CHEM 200 (General and Analytical Chemistry I plus lab) or GEOL 110 (Earth and Space Science plus lab) or SCIE 102 (General Science plus lab). In addition, they take a course in their major and a General Education elective.

Signature assignments occur in MATH 104, MATH 110, MATH 171, EWPC 103, EWPC 150, EWPC 204, and THEO 230. Students will complete Signature Assignments in MATH 104, MATH 110, MATH 171, EWPC 103 and EWPC 150 to demonstrate competence in foundational skills, and they complete Signature Assignments in EWPC 204 and THEO 230 to demonstrate that they have achieved General Education objectives.

General Education Course Requirements for Accelerated Programs

Students pursuing accelerated degrees enter these programs with at least 52 credit hours and will meet the 38-credit-hour General Education requirements as the table below indicates.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must meet the 38-credit-hour General Education Program requirements, including taking the transfer-protected courses, HUMS 110, THEO 110, EWPC 204, and THEO 230. Students will complete Signature Assignments in EWPC 204 and THEO 230 to demonstrate that they have achieved the General Education objectives.

Gen Ed ORMN PSM
GENL 100 Waived Waived
HUMS 110 Equivalent course w/in the program, ORMN 435, Liberal Studies I Equivalent course w/in the program, PSM 309, Multicultural and Diverse Populations
EWPC 103 or equivalent Same Same
THEO 110 Equivalent course w/in program, ORMN 455, Business Ethics, Social Responsibility, and Management Equivalent course w/in program, PSM 425, Ethics in Public Safety
EWPC 150 or equivalent Same Same
MATH 104, 110, or 171 or equivalent Same Same
BIO, CHEM, GEOL, or SCIE or equivalent Same Same
Humanities choice 1 Same Same
Humanities choice 2 Equivalent course w/in program, ORMN 450, Liberal Studies II Equivalent course w/in program, PSM 435, Contemporary Issues in Public Safety
Social Studies choice 1: PSYC, HIST, SOC, ECON, PLSC Same Same
Social Studies choice 2: PSYC, HIST, SOC, ECON, PLSC Same Same
EWPC 204 Equivalent course w/in the program, ORMN 421, Research and Writing Equivalent course w/in the program, PSM 325, Introduction to Research of Public Safety Issues
Capstone: THEO 230 Capstone synthesis: ORMN 463: Integrative Project Capstone synthesis: Strategy & Policy in PSM