General Education Requirements

Student Core Competencies Goals and Objectives

The liberal arts core is designed to give students a broad understanding of the world in a progressive environment that integrates the best of learning theory and technology. Concordia has designed its general education curriculum to provide students with the following:

  1. Christian Engagement & Values Competency: Students make a difference in the civic life of their communities (society) developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference through a Christian (Lutheran) perspective.
  2. Critical & Creative Thinking Competency: Students are skilled observers who can comprehensively explore their world (issues, ideas, artifacts and events), formulate meaningful questions, consider alternative perspectives and propose creative solutions.
  3. Communication Competency: Students understand the complexities of dynamic human exchange (written and oral) and effectively express their responses through a variety of communication media.
  4. Quantitative Reasoning Competency: Students understand and create sophisticated mathematical arguments using a variety of methods to solve real-world problems in a variety of formats.
  5. Integrative Learning Competency: Students synthesize curricular and cocurricular experiences with a disposition to transfer learning to new, complex situations within and beyond the campus resulting in responsible leisure, vocational satisfaction and purposeful service.
  6. Intercultural Knowledge Competency: Students possess a set of cognitive, affective and behavioral skills and characteristics that support effective and appropriate interaction in a variety of cultural contexts.
  7. Lifelong Learning & Life Skills Competency: Students engage in purposeful learning on an ongoing basis with the aim of improving personal knowledge, skills and competence beyond a required curriculum or degree program to live more productive and meaningful lives.

Assessment of these competencies is made at various points in a student’s program of study at Concordia and is designed to provide information to the student to optimize their academic progress. To the extent possible, assessment activities are embedded in the day-to-day activities of the curriculum.

General Education Language Requirement

Concordia University recognizes the inter-connectedness of the global community in which students live and understands that experiences in other languages and cultures prepare students to live and work in this increasingly diverse world. As such, every student in a B.A. degree program at Concordia will demonstrate experience with a second language as part of the general education requirements. This requirement may be met in the following ways:

  1. College credit from a regionally accredited institution
  2. CLEP Exam-Approved World Language exam with a minimum score of 50
  3. Credit given for successful completion of approved BYU Flats exam:
  4. Successfully completed Advanced Placement (AP) Exam in an approved World Language with a minimum score of 3
  5. Foreign Language coursework at CU including: SCI 230, IST 201, IST 202
  6. International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 5 or more on the High Level exam in the Language Acquisition category
  7. Approved Foreign Language Waiver Request Form from the Department of International Studies at CU:
    1. Passed four years of high school level foreign language
    2. Attended two years of high school in a language other than English
    3. Seal of Literacy


  • This requirement may be met through experiences with more than one language.
  • The items in the list above meet the General Education foreign language requirement, but do NOT necessarily substitute for academic credit.
  • Participating in a Study Abroad program does NOT automatically fulfill the foreign language requirement. Contact the Director of the Department of International Studies for more information.