General Studies (52 units, 20 upper-division)
Through four thematic areas and a senior seminar, the General Studies curriculum provides broad disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge necessary for personal and communal success in a complex world.
A maximum of four units from the required courses of the student's major and up to eight units from the required cognates of the student's major can be applied to General Studies. Liberal Studies majors, individual majors (CAS), and customized majors (ZSB) may apply up to 12 units from the major to the University Studies requirements.
THEME I - SOCIAL SCIENCES (SSCI) - 8 UNITS
Identity, Citizenship and Globalization Identity, Citizenship, and Globalization focuses on issues of the development of individual and group identity, issues of citizenship in the contemporary world, and the ways globalization is changing both identity and the meaning and practice of citizenship. Students must take one of the following SSCI theme courses and 4 units from Social Science breadth courses.
Social Science (SSCI) and Theme Courses (4 Units)
Globalization, Identity and Citizenship Interdisciplinary courses focusing on citizenship and identity in a multicultural and global context.
SSCI 204 Growing Up in America (SL)
SSCI 205 Identity and Society (SL)
SSCI 206 Childhood in Global Perspective
SSCI 207 Gender and Law in Contemporary Society
Directed study, alternate courses, or course substitutions are not allowed for SSCI courses.
THEME II - ARTS AND HUMANITIES (HUMN) 12 UNITS
Culture and Context Culture and Context focuses on cultural production and cultural life both in the United States and globally. It encourages students to understand cultural production within its historical, social and economic context. (Students must take one of the following HUMN theme courses and two of the arts and humanities breadth courses for a total of 12 units.)
Arts and Humanities (HUMN) Theme Courses (4 Units)
Exploring Culture Interdisciplinary courses focusing on cultural production in a multicultural context with emphasis on technological, social and economic factors in culture.
HUMN 104 Exploring American Culture Through Literature and Film
HUMN 105 Exploring American Culture Through Visual and Performing Arts
HUMN 106 Perspectives on Modern Culture
Directed study, alternate courses, or course substitutions are not allowed for HUMN courses.
THEME III - RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AN PRACTICE (RLGN) - 16 UNITS
Religious Beliefs and Practice Religious Beliefs and Practice focuses on the varieties of religious beliefs and practices, including a foundation in Adventism. It encourages students to make careful decisions about their own religious faith and practice. The university encourages students to study religion in all four areas of Theme III.
A. Spiritual Experience and Expressions (0-4 units)
RELG 235 Introduction to Religious Studies
RELG 237 World Religions
RELG 267 Religious Faith and Life
RELT 464 Religious Development and Nurture
RLGN 305 The Experience of Religion in Three Cultures
B. Beliefs and Heritage (4 units)
RELH 483 History of Seventh-day Adventism
RELT 104 Introduction to Christianity
RELT 106 Introduction to Seventh-day Adventist Beliefs
RELT 245 Christian Beliefs
RELT 434 Dimensions of Salvation
RELT 453 Christian Theology
RLGN 304 Adventism in Global Perspective
C. Scripture (4 units)
RELB 104 Jesus and the Gospels
RELB 206 Sacred Texts: The Old Testament Scriptures
RELB 207 Sacred Texts: The New Testament Scriptures
RELB 309 Readings in Scripture
RELB 424 Old Testament Prophets
RELB 445 Old Testament Archeology
RELB 446 New Testament Archeology
D. Religion and Society (0-4 units)
RELE 205 Biblical Ethics in the Modern World
RELE 447 Religion and Society
RELE 455 Christian Understanding of Sexuality
RELE 459 Issues in Religious Ethics
Every student must take RLGN 304 or RLGN 305 plus 12 additional units, 4 of which must be Theme IIIB and 4 of which must be Theme IIIC. Religious studies majors and/or students completing the pre-seminary program who fulfill all sections of Theme III with required courses from the major/program will have met the requirements for Theme III by completing an RLGN class, and 8 additional units of approved University Studies courses in any of the theme areas.
THEME IV - NATURAL SCIENCES (NSCI) - 12 Units
Scientific Inquiry exposes students to laboratory science, the relationship between science and society, and the philosophical foundations of scientific inquiry. It allows students to engage in the practice of science while encouraging them to think about the role of science in society and science's potential and limitations in creating usable knowledge. Students will take 4 units of NSCI interdisciplinary theme courses, 4 units of Life Science, and 4 units of Physical Science. One of these courses must include a lab.
Natural Science (NSCI) Theme Courses (4 Units)
Exploring the philosophical underpinnings of scientific practice. Upper division, interdisciplinary courses including philosophy of both the natural and the social sciences.
NSCI 404 Humans and the Environment
NSCI 405 Scientific Thinking and Religious Belief
NSCI 406 Nature and Human Values
NSCI 407 Religion and Rationality
Directed study, alternate courses, or course substitutions are not allowed for NSCI courses.
SENIOR SEMINAR - 4 units
The senior seminar culminating the University Studies Program. Analyzing religious, moral, and social issues within the student's major program of studies, students will reflect on their own faith as they apply theoretical principles to specific problems of contemporary life. Students will integrate their values with their academic experiences and their professional aspirations by drawing on their service and knowledge. Students will examine their commitments to service as socially responsible members of their various communities.
UNST 404 Senior Seminar: Religion, Values & Social Responsibility
Directed study, alternate courses, or course substitutions are not allowed for UNST 404.
Students wishing to take another UNST 404 class, including UNST 404U, instead of the departmental UNST 404 course must petition the academic variance committee for permission and will need written support from their department chair. Failure to follow this procedure may result in the UNST 404 course not meeting the University Studies requirement.