General Education Department
The General Education Department’s Core Curriculum is the foundation of North American University’s mission. NAU’s GE faculty prepare all students with essential competency in reading, writing, and reasoning with a firm grounding in ethics. The GE Department ensures that alumni will demonstrate and apply knowledge in their chosen majors as well as develop the following skills:
- Critical Thinking Skills (CT) – creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information (THECB)
- Communication Skills (COM) – effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication (THECB)
- Empirical and Quantitative Skills (EQS) – manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions (THECB)
- Teamwork (TW) – ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal (THECB)
- Social Responsibility (SR) – intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities (THECB)
Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.
36 Credit Hour Requirement
Students seeking an undergraduate degree are required to complete 36 semester credit hours of general education courses. The General Education Program provides students with a high-quality education enabling them to acquire, analyze, interpret, and synthesize information and knowledge; to communicate effectively in writing and speech; to reason critically, symbolically, quantitatively and scientifically; to recognize ethical issues; to appreciate diversity; to utilize information technology effectively; and to develop artistic skills.
The General Education requirements do not include remedial courses which may need to be taken before completing some of the subject areas listed below. All MATH and ENGL courses numbered R300 - R301 (non-credit courses) must be completed within one year.
In addition to the General Education requirements listed below, all incoming freshmen students are required to take FRSH 1311 Freshman Seminar and this will be considered as a required elective, part of Elective courses listed under each department.