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First-Year General Education Recommendations

All general education requirements must be met in order to graduate from Hope. Use the guidelines below to help you choose courses for your first semester.

The only general education requirement that must be taken in the fall semester of your first year is the First Year Seminar (FYS). However, if you are in the FOCUS program, you must also take Expository Writing in your first semester.

Other general education courses can be taken in later semesters. Some may be met through your major or minor program, so if you know what you want to major in, check your major recommendations before choosing general education courses. If you’re undecided, no problem. You can choose any general education courses or electives that interest you.

The recommendations below are based on the general education requirements for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. If you are interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing or a Bachelor of Music, review the general education requirements for those degrees before you read these recommendations.

If you aren’t sure which general education courses to pick, we suggest choosing ones with topics that interest you, challenge you or that may help you eventually choose a major if you are undecided.

All general education requirements have an associated attribute. These are the abbreviations you will find listed below for each requirement.

FIRST YEAR SEMINAR

All incoming first-year students are required to take a First Year Seminar (FYS, always offered as IDS 100) class in their first semester at Hope.

IDS 100 is a 2-credit topical course. Topical course have a different topic for each section of the course, and the topics change from year to year. When completing your registration worksheet, you should select 5 first-choice FYS sections, 5 second-choice FYS sections, and 5 last-choice sections (located in the First Year Seminar section of the worksheet). FYS course descriptions are listed here.

Your FYS professor will be your advisor until you declare a major.

More information about FYS can be found on the General Education website.

EXPOSITORY WRITING

Expository Writing (EW, always offered as Engl 113) is a 4-credit topical course, with topics that change from semester to semester; however, all sections focus on cultivating college-level writing abilities. It will help you develop your ability to reflect critically, logically and speculatively, and to express your reflections clearly and concisely in writing.

If you wish to take Engl 113 in your first semester, select it on the worksheet (Arts and Humanities > Expository Writing) and then list 3–4 topics that interest you in the text box. Choose from the Engl 113 special topics listed on the English Department website.

If you are in the FOCUS program, you must take Engl 113 in your first semester.

More information about Expository Writing can be found on the General Education website.

HEALTH DYNAMICS

Health Dynamics (HD, always offered as Kin 140) is a 2-credit course that is generally taken in the first year in either fall or spring semester. If you wish to take Kin 140 in your first semester, choose it on the worksheet by going to Social Sciences > Health Dynamics.

More information about Health Dynamics can be found on the General Education website.

THE ARTS

The general education arts requirement has two components:

  • Fine Arts I (FA1): emphasize ways of knowing in the arts. One FA1 course is required to meet this component.
  • Fine Arts II (FA2): emphasize “doing” the arts. One FA2 2-credit course (or two FA2 1-credit courses) is required to meet this component. If you take two 1-credit courses, you do not need to take them in the same semester.

More information about the arts can be found on the General Education website.

Private music lessons and ensembles are open to all students. More information about auditioning for these courses is available here, and full course descriptions are available from the links below.

Priority for arts courses will be given to students with a potential major in the arts, as many of these courses have limited enrollment. If you wish to take an arts course in the fall, choose from the following options:

FINE ARTS I
SUBJECT/COURSE NUMBER TITLE CREDITS LOCATION IN WORKSHEET
Art 111 Intro to Art History 4 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts I
IDS 160 (only for elementary and special education majors) Arts for the Elementary and Middle School Teacher 4 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts I
Mus 101 Intro to Music 4 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts I
Mus 104 World Music 4 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts I
Mus 105 Survey of American Music 4 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts I
Thea 101 Intro to the Theatre 4 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts I
FINE ARTS II
SUBJECT/COURSE NUMBER TITLE CREDITS LOCATION IN WORKSHEET
Art 105* Basic Design 2 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Art 112* Color and Context 2 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Art 113* Basic Painting 2 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Art 114* Basic Drawing 2 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Art 115* Basic Sculpture 2 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Art 116* Basic Printmaking 2 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Dan 110 Folk, Social and Swing Dance 1 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Dan 116 Hip Hop 1 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Dan 120 Modern I 1 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Dan 140 Jazz I 1 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Dan 150 Tap I 1 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Dan 160 Intro to Ballet Technique 1 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Dan 162 Ballet I 1 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Dan 163 Ballet II 1 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Engl 154 Writing Fiction 2 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Engl 253 Intro to Creative Writing 4 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Kin 115 Dance for Sport 1 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Mus 115–160 Instrumental and Vocal Ensembles 0—1 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Mus 161–181** Private lessons 1—3 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Mus 186 Classical Guitar Class, Beginner 2 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Mus 187 Folk Style Guitar Methods 2 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Mus 190 Piano Class, Beginning 2 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Mus 191 Piano Class, Intermediate 2 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Mus 192 Voice Class, Beginning 2 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II
Thea 110 Acting for the Non-Major 2 Arts and Humanities > Fine Arts II

*Art Studio classes are reserved for DAA scholarship recipients and art majors.

**Number of credits varies based on intended major: 1 credit is for non-music majors and music (BA) majors; 2 credits is for music education (BMu) majors; 3 credits is for music performance (BMu) majors. Special course fees apply: 1 credit = $305; 2 credits for music ed majors = $470; 3 credits = $470 (music performance majors only, or others by permission). After you select the pending placement on your worksheet, the Music Department would like you to complete the Applied Lesson request form to assist them with your placement.

CULTURAL HERITAGE

The following must be met in order to fulfill the cultural heritage requirement:

  1. One Cultural Heritage I (CH1, ancient) course, 4 credits
  2. One Cultural Heritage II (CH2, modern) course, 4 credits
  3. The two above courses must cover three disciplines: English, history and philosophy. Therefore, at least one of the above courses must be an IDS 171–178 course.

IDS (Interdisciplinary Studies) courses deal with methods or content that goes beyond what is usually dealt with in a single department. Many cultural heritage classes are IDS courses.

More information about Cultural Heritage can be found on the General Education website.

Choose from the following courses if you wish to take a cultural heritage class in the fall.

CULTURAL HERITAGE I
SUBJECT/COURSE NUMBER TITLE CREDITS LOCATION IN WORKSHEET
Hist 130 Intro to Ancient Civilization 4 Arts and Humanities > Cultural Heritage
IDS 171 Cultural Heritage I 4 Arts and Humanities > Cultural Heritage
Phil 230 Ancient Philosophy 4 Arts and Humanities > Cultural Heritage
CULTURAL HERITAGE II
SUBJECT/COURSE NUMBER TITLE CREDITS LOCATION IN WORKSHEET
Engl 232 Literature of the Western World II 4 Arts and Humanities > Cultural Heritage
Engl 234 Modern Global Literature 4 Arts and Humanities > Cultural Heritage
Hist 131 Intro to Modern European History 4 Arts and Humanities > Cultural Heritage
IDS 172 Cultural Heritage II 4 Arts and Humanities > Cultural Heritage
IDS 174 Cultural Heritage II (Lit/Hist) 4 Arts and Humanities > Cultural Heritage
IDS 176 Cultural Heritage II (Lit/Phil) 4 Arts and Humanities > Cultural Heritage
MATHEMATICS AND NATURAL SCIENCE

In general, we recommend that you wait until you are decided on a major to take math and science classes. Your major will determine which math and science classes you should take.

To fulfill the mathematics and natural science requirement, you must complete the following for a total of 10 credits:

  1. Mathematics: one MA1 or MA2 course
  2. Natural Science with Lab: one NSL course, GEMS preferred for non-science majors
  3. Remaining credits may be completed by any math or science course

GEMS (General Education Math and Science) courses are designed for non-math and non-science majors.

More information about Mathematics and Natural Science can be found on the General Education website.

MATHEMATICS

The following math classes are open to first-year students this fall:

SUBJECT/COURSE NUMBER TITLE CREDITS LOCATION IN WORKSHEET
GEMS 100 Understanding our Quantitative World 2 Natural and Applied Sciences > Math
Math 125, 131 or higher* Calculus with Review I, Calculus I or higher 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Math

*Math 125 covers the same material covered in the first half of 131, supplemented by a review of high school math as needed; if you have an ACT Math score of 25 or below and did not take trigonometry in high school, we recommend you take 125. If your major or minor requires Calculus I, then you will take Math 126 (Calculus with Review II) in the spring to complete the Calculus I requirement.

NATURAL SCIENCE

Available fall classes are listed below. The 4-credit courses will fulfill the NSL requirement; the 2-credit courses count as general science credit.

SUBJECT/COURSE NUMBER TITLE CREDITS LOCATION IN WORKSHEET
Biol 103 Intro to Cellular Biology 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
Biol 104 (only for elementary and special education majors) Organisms and Environments 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
Biol 105 and 107 Intro to Biology and Lab 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
Biol 105 and 207 (by invitation only) Intro to Biology and Honors Lab 5 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
Chem 104 (only for elementary and special education majors) Matter and Energy 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
Chem 125 and 127 General Chemistry I and Lab 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
Chem 131 and 132 Accelerated General Chemistry and Lab 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
CSCI 112 Exploring Computer Science 2 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
CSCI 225 Software Design and Implementation 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
Engs 100 Intro Engineering 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
GEMS 152** Atmosphere and Environmental Change 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
GEMS 157** (may not also register for GES 125) The Planet Earth 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
GEMS 160** Chemistry of our Environment 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
GEMS 204** Regional Flora and Fauna 2 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
GEMS 295** The Science of Coffee 2 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
GES 111 How the Earth Works 2 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
GES 125*** (may not also register for GEMS 157) Michigan Field Geology 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
Kin 200 Human Anatomy and Lab 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science
Phys 121 and 141 General Physics I and Lab 4 Natural and Applied Sciences > Science

**Recommended for non-science majors.

***Course includes a required field trip August 14–23. After the field trip, the course meets first half of semester only. $350 additional course fee.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

To fulfill the religious studies requirement, you must complete:

  • One Religion I course (RL1)always offered as Rel 100
  • One Religion II course (RL2)a Rel 200-level course

Rel 100 is a 2-credit, half-semester topical course that is open to all incoming first year students. Half-semester courses are offered either first-half or last-half, and each half of the semester is 7 weeks long. You will have the opportunity to fulfill your RL2 requirement in a later semester.

If you wish to take Rel 100 in the fall, select it on the worksheet (Arts and Humanities > Religious Studies) and then list 3–4 topics that interest you in the text box. Choose from the topics listed here.

More information about Religious Studies can be found on the General Education website.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

If you are decided on a major, review your major recommendations before you choose a social science class. Different social science courses are required for different majors.

For most programs, the social science requirement is met through:

  • Two Social Science I (SS1) courses of different disciplines
    OR
  • One SS1 course and one Social Science II (SS2) course of different disciplines

More information about Social Science can be found on the General Education website.

If you wish to take a social science course in the fall, choose from the following:

SOCIAL SCIENCE I
SUBJECT/COURSE NUMBER TITLE CREDITS LOCATION IN WORKSHEET
Comm 101 The Communication Process 4 Social Sciences > Social Science I
Econ 211 Principles of Macroeconomics 4 Social Sciences > Social Science I
Pol 100 Intro to American Politics 4 Social Sciences > Social Science I
Pol 151 Intro to Global Politics 4 Social Sciences > Social Science I
Pol 160 Women in a Global Society 4 Social Sciences > Social Science I
Psy 100 Intro to Psychology 4 Social Sciences > Social Science I
Soc 101 Sociology & Social Problems & Lab 4 Social Sciences > Social Science I
Soc 151 Cultural Anthropology 4 Social Sciences > Social Science I
SOCIAL SCIENCE II
SUBJECT/COURSE NUMBER TITLE CREDITS LOCATION IN WORKSHEET
Comm 151 Media and Society 2 Social Sciences > Social Science II
Pol 110 Campaign Management 2 Social Sciences > Social Science II
Pol 110 Reel Politics Through Film 2 Social Sciences > Social Science II
Pol 110 Gendered Nature of Conflict and Peace 2 Social Sciences > Social Science II
Soc 269 Race and Ethnic Relations 2 Social Sciences > Social Science II
SECOND LANGUAGE

The second language requirement requires completing a Foreign Language II (FL2) course, which includes second-level competency or higher in one of the foreign languages offered at Hope.

Hope currently offers Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin and Spanish. 

If you are placed into an upper-level language course and then successfully complete that course, you will be awarded additional credits for the lower-level courses you skipped, up to 16 credits. For example, you have been placed into Fren 201 at Hope. When you successfully complete Fren 201, you will earn 4 credits for Fren 201, plus 8 additional credits for Fren 101 and Fren 102.

More information about the Second Language requirement can be found on the General Education website. Course descriptions for language courses are listed in the Catalog.

If you are interested in taking a language course in the fall, please review the recommendations for completing the second language requirement.

The following foreign language classes are offered in the fall. Remember that if you are starting a language at level one competency, you will need to take two semesters of the language to fulfill the FL2 requirement.

SUBJECT/COURSE NUMBER TITLE CREDITS LOCATION IN WORKSHEET
Chin 101 Chinese I 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Chin 201 Chinese II 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Chin 301 Chinese V Language & Culture 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Fren 101 French I 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Fren 102 French II 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Fren 201 French III Language & Culture 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Fren 250 French IV Adv Language & Culture 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Germ 101 German I 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Germ 201 German III 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Grk 171 Ancient/Biblical Greek I 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Grk 271 Greek III 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Japn 101 Japanese I 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Japn 201 Japanese III 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Latn 171 Latin I 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Latn 271 Latin III 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Span 121 Spanish I 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Span 122 Spanish II 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Span 221 Spanish III 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Span 222 Spanish IV 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Span 295* Spanish for Heritage Speakers 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Span 321 Spanish V: Adv Grammar & Comp I 4 Social Sciences > Second Language
Span 322 Spanish VI: Adv Grammar & Comp II 4 Social Sciences > Second Language

*If you are a heritage speaker, please select Span 295 on the worksheet. Upon completion of this course, you will earn credit for Spanish IIV (16 credits).

GLOBAL LEARNING

The requirements to fulfill the global learning requirement are:

  • One Global Learning Domestic (GLD) course
  • One Global Learning International (GLI) course

Many courses that are flagged for GLD or GLI also fulfill other general education or major requirements, so you may find later that some of the courses on your fall schedule are flagged for GLD or GLI. If not, you will be able to complete this requirement in future semesters. Therefore, the registration worksheet does not list GLD and GLI courses specifically.

More information about Global Learning can be found on the General Education website.

SENIOR SEMINAR

The senior seminar is a capstone course that is taken in your final year at Hope. These courses are not listed on the registration worksheet, but keep it in mind as a requirement to fulfill in your senior year.

More information about Senior Seminar can be found on the General Education website.

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