General Studies
MVNU's General Studies courses have been designed for adult learners who want to complete their college degree but do not have a sufficient number of credits to enroll in an undergraduate degree-completion program or have enough total credits to graduate.

By combining General Studies courses with those in your chosen undergraduate program, it is possible to obtain your degree in a very timely and convenient way (many courses also offered online). And, by working one-on-one with a GPS registration specialist, you'll be able to create a graduation plan that's specifically designed to meet your individual academic needs.

Be sure to contact an enrollment counselor at an MVNU site near you to get started today.

Please call 1-800-839-2355 or click here to request more information.

Course Descriptions

BIB1003
Old Testament History and Literature (3)

A survey of the books of the Old Testament with emphasis given to the significant historical events, personalities, and theological traditions of Israel.

BIB1013
New Testament History and Literature (3)

A survey of the New Testament books, emphasizing the significant historical events, personalities, and theological traditions of the early Christian Church.

COM1013
Interpersonal Communication (3)

A study of communication theory and its value in interpersonal relationships. Special emphasis is given to the development of the communication process, appropriate techniques and skills.

COM1023
Public Speaking (3)

A study in the preparation and delivery of informational and persuasive speeches.

COM1053
Introduction to Communication (3)

Through the use of readings, discussion forums, exercises and writing, we will explore the often taken-for-granted power of communication that makes people unique among all creatures. We will discover that talk is not cheap, but rather it allows us to express our humanity in a rich and powerful way. The course will cover interpersonal, small group, and public communication.

CSC3083
Technology and Society (3)

A study of technology's impact on individuals, groups, and institutions. Special emphasis is given to worker displacement, computer illiteracy, environmental and health issues, depersonalization, computer crime, intellectual property, invasion of privacy and other ethical/legal issues.

ECO1033
Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

An introduction to macroeconomics including basic concepts of supply and demand, price system, employment theory, inflation, business cycles, monetary policies, and fiscal policies.

ENG1043
Freshman Expository Writing (3)

A study in the practice and process of expository writing. Special emphasis is given to the writing process (pre-writing, drafting, proofreading, and revising), the essay format, modes of exposition, argument, and persuasion.

ENG1053
Research Writing (3)

A course in research techniques, research paper format, and research writing. Special emphasis is given to library use and to writing problems unique to drafting and revising longer papers.

ENG2013
Introduction to Literature (3)

A study of literary genres through representative readings.

ESS1054
Astronomy with Laboratory (4)

A study of the structure, composition, organization and history of the universe. Special emphasis is given to the solar system, the structure and function of stars, the structure of galaxies, the organization of matter, and theories about the history and origin of the universe.

ESS1054
Meteorology with Laboratory (4)

A study of the earth's atmosphere, physical factors that affect weather, weather systems and patterns, and scientific methods used to collect data, analyze trends, and forecast weather.

HIS1013
The Western Tradition in World Context (3)

This course will examine the development of Western civilization within a broader world context since 1500 A.D. The course particularly attends to the emergence of "modern patterns of life," including modern states and systems of production and exchange, the development of modern science and technology, globalization, and modern concepts of the self and society.

MAT1033
Introduction to Mathematical Systems (3)

A study of number systems. Special emphasis is given to logic, axioms and applications from groups and non-Euclidean geometry.

MAT2063
Introduction to Statistics (3)

A study of basic descriptive and inferential statistics with emphasis on applications in business, biology, and social sciences.

MTH1002
Music in the Western World (2)

A comprehensive survey of musical trends and developments in the western world and a guide to appreciating these trends. This course is offered in traditional and non-traditional formats.

PSY1013
General Psychology (3)

An introduction to psychology with emphasis on the biological and social perspectives. Special emphasis is given to the scientific method, psychological terminology, and prominent theories.

SOC1013
Introduction to Sociology (3)

An introduction to the sociological perspective of humans in social relationships, social groups and in society with emphasis on basic concepts, terms, and sociological theory.

SOC1023
Social Problems (3)

An introduction to basic principles in understanding patterns of social relations. Includes the major theoretical perspectives and methods for obtaining sociological knowledge. Special emphasis is given to the sociological examination of the major institutions in society.

SPA1014
Elementary Spanish I (4)

An introductory study of the Spanish culture, language, grammar and vocabulary by means of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and translating.

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