According to its Mission Statement, Warner Pacific University is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts university dedicated to providing students from diverse backgrounds an education that prepares them to engage actively in a constantly changing world. The General Education Core Curriculum at Warner Pacific University supports this Mission Statement by providing students with a broad-based education in an urban Christian context.

General Education Core Requirements (As of July 1, 2020)

The General Education Core consists of four themes and 13 clusters as outlined below; students must complete a minimum of one course/2 credits per cluster (except for the Written Communication cluster, which requires 2 courses). Transfer courses that are determined to be comparable and parallel to Warner Pacific courses will be applied toward General Education Core requirements.

All courses used to satisfy general education core must be completed with a “C-” or higher.

Total Credits for Core

Courses in the major or minor may be used to meet cluster requirements. However, each student must complete a total of 30 credits of General Education Core applicable coursework that is separate from coursework for the major or minor. Students who have completed all 13 clusters but lack the 30 overall credits of non-duplicated General Education Core coursework may select additional Core course options from any of the 13 clusters. To encourage students to experience a range of courses, there is a maximum number of participatory classes that will count for Core Credits (Physical Education: 2 credits; Participatory Art and Music: 3 credits).

Theme 1: Cultivating a Christ-Centered Learning Community
Exploration of Spiritual Journey
Articulate your spiritual journey as related to an understanding of God and a connection with others.

>> Take one course from the following:
REL 220 Christian Spiritual Formation
REL 320 Spirituality, Character, and Service
Note: Transfer coursework is not accepted to meet this requirement

Holistic World View
Explain foundational beliefs and practices of Christian faith; articulate and apply the holistic benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

>> Take one of the following options:
BI 151 The Bible as Literature
BI 250 Life and Teachings of Jesus
HE 150 Personal Health and Fitness + PE 101, 110, 112, 113, 118, or 119
HE 210 Stress Management + PE 101, 110, 112, 113, 118, or 119
PSY 441 Stress, Trauma, & Self-Care + PE 101, 110, 112, 113, 118, or 119

Demonstrate an ethical and respectful worldview that promotes stewardship and care for others.

>> Take one course from the following:
HUM 211 War & Peace
HUM 212 Earthkeeping
HUM 213 Politics & People of the Book
PHIL 300 Ethics
SRM/PHIL 250 Sports Ethics
SW 200 Exploring Social Work
TH 310 Christian Ethics

Theme 2: Investing in the Formation and Success of Students from Diverse Backgrounds
Appreciation of Diversity
Articulate the value of diverse voices and perspectives; explain the impact of global interdependency on social and cultural systems.

>> Take one course from the following:
HE 340 Current Health Issues
HIS 206 Immigration & the Borderlands
HIS/SOC 340 Race & Ethnic Relations
MUS 242 Global Worship Through the Arts
PS 355 International Relations
REL/SOC 310 Religions of the World
SRM 260 Sociology in Sport
SS 351 Cultural Anthropology
SS/SW 485 Human Trafficking

Theme 3: Collaborating With and For Our Urban Environment
Urban Life
Articulate how human behavior interacts with social organizations and cultural patterns; identify the opportunities and challenges of urban life.

>> Take one course from the following:
BIO 216 Urban Ecology & Ecosystem Services
BUS 290 Ethics, Social Issues, & Responsibility
EN/URB 245/345 Urban Literature
HIS 370 History of the American City
HUM/HE/MUS 160/162/163/164/165 FYLC Topics
PHS 450 Urban Resources & Sustainability
PS 140 Intro to Politics & American Government
PS 200 Found of American Legal System
SE 311 Entrepreneurial Lead in Urban Context
SE 101 Intro to Social Entrepreneurship
SOC 140 Principles of Sociology
SOC/PS 345 Social Problems & Public Policy
SOC 350 Social Psychology
SOC 360 Urban Sociology
SRM 340 Sports Psychology
URB 140 Introduction to the City

Theme 4: Fostering a Liberal Arts Education

Written Communication (2 courses)
Produce written communication relevant to specific audiences.

>> Take EN 111 English Composition I
>> Take EN 112 English Composition II

Access, analyze, and synthesize academic information relevant to a particular field of study.

>> Take ILR 300 Advanced Information Literacy and Research
Note: Other upper-division research literacy and writing courses may be considered for applying to this requirement.

Interdisciplinary Thinking
Articulate connections among multiple academic disciplines.

>> Take one course from the following:
HUM 310 Faith, Living, and Learning
HUM 410 Senior Humanities Seminar
Note: Transfer coursework is not accepted to meet this requirement

Information Technology
Utilize current technology relevant to a particular field of study.

Take one course from the following:
BUS 223 Introduction to Microsoft Office
CMPT 155 Introduction to Electronics & Physical Computing
COMM 250 Introduction to Digital Media
COMM 265 Introduction to Web Design
IT 101 Fundamentals of IT
MA 342 Statistical Methods

Scientific Reasoning
Utilize scientific knowledge to understand and explain the natural world.

>> Take one course from the following:
BIO 121 Intro to Anatomy & Physiology
BIO 211 General Biology I
BIO 212 General Biology II
BIO 215/315 Malheur Natural History Studies
BIO 221 Human Anatomy & Physiology I
PHS 101 Intro to Physical Science
PHS 105 Intro to Environmental Science
PHS 111 Intro to Chemistry
PHS 211 General Chemistry I
PHS 230 Geology

Quantitative Reasoning
Demonstrate quantitative and analytic reasoning.

>> Take one course from the following:
MA 104 Math for Liberal Arts
MA 111 College Algebra
MA 115 Precalculus
MA 211 Fundamentals of Elementary Math I
MA 251 Calculus
MA 342 Statistical Methods
OR demonstrate mathematics proficiency by SAT Math score of 650+ or ACT Math score of 28+

Historical and Cultural Knowledge and Practice
Articulate the historical and/or cultural context of a particular art form; express yourself through one or more artistic medium; explain the value of historical context.

>> Take a minimum of 2 credits from the following:
ART 115 Calligraphy
ART 250/350 History of Art
COMM/EN 150/350 Poetry & Fiction
COMM/EN 151/351 Creative Nonfiction
DR/EN 220 World Theatre
DR/EN 250/349 Understand Film & Its Forms
FA/URB 235 The City & the Arts
HIS 221 Apartheid & Genocide
HIS 222 Latin American Politics & Social Change
MUS 341 Music History I
MUS 100 Instrument/Voice
MUS 114 Concert Choir
MUS 117 Jazz Band
MUS 118 Warner Chorale
REL 330 Church History I
REL 370 Church History II
PSY 401 History & Systems

Critical Thinking and Strategic Action
Model civil discourse through purposeful dialogue and/or presentations; apply problem-solving techniques; utilize critical thinking to assess information; demonstrate strategies required to create and execute a plan.

>> Take one course from the following:
BUS 242 Marketing
BUS 261 Org Writing & Presentations
BUS 310 Management Theory & Practice
BUS 321 Organizational Behavior & Design
COMM 200 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 220 Public Speaking
COMM 230 Intercultural Communication
EC 203 Economics
HD 311 Prenatal/Early Child Development
HD 312 Mid-Child/Adolescent Development
HD 313 Adult Development, Aging & Dying
HD 314 Parenting Through the Life Cycle
PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 211 Logic
PSY 392/492 Internship
SOC/REL 240 Intro to Peace Studies
SS 335 Restorative Justice
SS/BUS 380 Conflict: From Theory to Action
TH 470 Christian Social Concerns