General Education

General Education (GE) Core Curriculum at Clark Atlanta University is foundational to all baccalaureate degree programs. The GE component of the baccalaureate degree program consists of a set of courses and other experiences in the humanities, social and natural sciences; computer literacy and information technology; communication and quantitative skills; foreign languages; and several other areas, which are structured and sequenced generally in the first two years of study at the university. In efforts to refine the GE curriculum, the University’s Senate approved 122 credit hours for all undergraduate degree programs on July 14, 2016. The new undergraduate curriculum included: 

  • 51 undergraduate degree plans/concentrations derived from the university’s current 29 undergraduate degree programs, 
  • A new General Education Core of 30-36 credit hours. 

The university’s institution-wide Six-Step Annual Assessment and Improvement Process is utilized to assess students’ attainment of General Education competencies. 

General Education Mission Statement

The mission of General Education at Clark Atlanta University is to provide students with the foundational knowledge, transferable skills, dispositions, and experiences that will prepare them to become independent thinkers and learners who seek to make a difference in their world through actions and ideas that matter. 

Designed by faculty from all academic units and based on the methods of each academic discipline, the Core Curriculum fosters reasoning, communication, historical consciousness, social, political, and cultural awareness. This is achieved through a flexible selection of courses and extracurricular activities rather than a prescribed curriculum. 

General Education Core Competencies

  1. Critical and Ethical Thinking – being proficient in the aspects of Bloom’s Taxonomy
    • Learning Outcome: Students should be able to evaluate, synthesize, analyze, apply, comprehend, and gain knowledge. 
  2. Communication Proficiency – demonstrating oral and written proficiency 
    • Learning Outcome: Students should be able to effectively communicate, orally and in writing, using Standard English and the appropriate language, tone, and disposition for the purpose and audience. 
  3. Financial and Quantitative Literacy – demonstrating proficiency in the utilization of mathematical skills, concepts, and ideas to solve problems and interpret information
    • Learning Outcome: Students should be able to analyze and apply basic scientific principles and research methods of scientific inquiry to make informed decisions 
  4. Globalization and Humanities Awareness – demonstrating an understanding of global issues, service-learning and the human condition 
    • Learning Outcome: Students should be able to apply knowledge of social science and humanistic inquiry to evaluate contemporary issues and make informed decisions, identify and explain the implications of ethical values in a chosen profession, understand the micro and macro implications of a “Culture for Service”, and demonstrate social responsibility and service-learning. 
  5. Computer and Information Technology Proficiency – being Proficient in academic and professional software/applications 
    • Learning Outcome: Students should be able to be proficient in the use of Microsoft Access, Excel, internet research, industry-relevant applications, and software. 


General Education Core Curriculum Courses

  • CHIS 201 The United States, Africa and the World I 
  • CHIS 202 The United States, Africa and the World II 
  • CHIS 211 History of the United States before 1865 
  • CHIS 212 History of the United States since 1865 

  • CART 150 Art Appreciation 
  • CHUM 228 Early Period: 1500-1914 
  • CHUM 230 Modern Period: World War I-Present 
  • CMUS 119 World Music 
  • CMUS 120 Music Appreciation 
  • CSTA 252 Theatre Appreciation 

  • CPHI 105 Critical Thinking 
  • CPHI 221 Introduction to Philosophy 
  • CPHI 241 Philosophy of Religion 
  • CPHI 262 Science, Technology and Human Values 
  • CREL 101 The Biblical Heritage 
  • CREL 103 African American Religious Experiences I 
  • CREL 104 African American Religious Experiences II 
  • CREL 250 Comparative Religion 
Political Science 
  • CPSC 106 Politics and Global Issues 
  • CPSC 219 American Government and Politics 
  • CPSY 211 General Psychology 
  • CPSY 218 Human Growth and Development 
Criminal Justice/Sociology 
  • CSCJ 105 Culture and Society 
  • CSCJ 215 Introduction to Sociology 
  • CSCJ 216 Introduction to Anthropology 
  • CSCJ 218 Contemporary Social Problems 
Biological Sciences 
  • CBIO 101 Biological Science (non-science majors) 
  • CBIO 111 General Biology I 
  • CBIO 112 General Biology II 
  • CCHE 111 General Chemistry I 
  • CCHE 112 General Chemistry II 
  • CMAT 104 Finite Mathematics 
  • CMAT 105 Pre-Calculus I 
  • CMAT 106 Pre-Calculus II 
  • CMAT 109 College Algebra for Business and Economics 
  • CMAT 110 Applied Calculus for Business and Economics 
  • CMAT 111 Calculus I 
  • CMAT 112 Calculus II 
  • CPHY 102 Physical Science (non-science majors) 
  • CPHY 111 General Physics 
  • CPHY 121/L Mechanics Lecture and Lab 
  • CPHY 122/L Electricity and Magnetism Lecture and Lab 
  • CPHY 123/L Optics and Modern Physics Lecture and Lab 
  • CENG 105 College Composition I 
  • CENG 106 College Composition II 
  • CENG 201 World Literature I 
  • CENG 202 World Literature II 
Foreign Language
  • CFLF 101 Elementary I (French) 
  • CFLF 102 Elementary II (French) 
  • CFLF 201 Intermediate I (French) 
  • CFLF 202 Intermediate II (French) 
  • CFLS 101 Elementary I (Spanish) 
  • CFLS 102 Elementary II (Spanish) 
  • CFLS 201 Intermediate I (Spanish) 
  • CFLS 202 Intermediate II (Spanish) 
  • CSTA 101 Fundamentals of Speech
  • CART 227 Computer Imaging (Art and Fashion Majors only)
  • CBUS 250 Personal Finance 
  • Computer Science 
  • CCIS 100 Information Technology and Computer Applications 
  • CCIS 101 Introduction to Computing 
  • CCIS 253 Scientific Computing for Simulation, Analysis and Visualization
Visualization (STEM majors only) 
  • CCIS 104 Business Programming 
  • CCIS 105 Programming Principles I 
  • CCIS 121 Introduction to Computer Systems 
  • CECO 107 Introduction to Economics 
  • CECO 250 Principles of Economics 
  • CECO 251 Principles of Macroeconomics 
  • CEDC 262 Educational Technology