Fulfilling General Education Requirements Online

For the first time, Concordia University is offering two new ways to complete your general education requirements toward a degree. We understand that you have incredible demands on your schedule when continuing your education which alone would warrant the need for different instructional delivery options. What if you just learn better a certain way? We thought of that too.

Do more with general education.

Many students use the program as a way to complete undergraduate units more cost effectively before committing to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year institution. Here at Concordia, we are competitively priced for that very reason. Frankly, we want to serve you as a learning community and have you consider continuing your education coursework with us.

Some advantages of taking courses or completing the general education degree through Concordia:

  • You save money on completing your GE units compared to other private institutions.
  • You have the flexibility to take a course to transfer to another institution.
  • Courses are designed to build student success for the duration of the program and into future educational pathways.
  • Our program design integrates the CORE curriculum, a distinctive cross-disciplinary integrative approach to learning that is nationally recognized.
  • You can apply your GE units to our Adult Degree Program and be well on your way to finishing a degree in Business, Nursing, Applied Liberal Arts, or Organizational Psychology.
  • You can apply your units to completing any bachelor’s degree at Concordia.
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Flexible choices.

Fully online instruction. When you need to take general education courses in a slightly non-traditional way, being able to complete all coursework online is seriously convenient. You can fit your continuing education into your family, work, and real life. Completing your online general education just got a whole lot simpler.

Blended instruction. If you aren’t sure you can be successful online but still want the convenience of doing most of your coursework online, this option might be the perfect compromise between traveling to a physical campus and doing everything from your laptop. Blended instruction is becoming a popular trend in education because learners appreciate having face-to-face experiences occasionally mixed in with purely online instruction. If our Concordia Irvine campus is not geographically close to you, additional satellite locations may be more suitable. Contact us for specific information about satellite locations.

in the core.

Here's another first. We’ve integrated our nationally recognized CORE Curriculum into the general education program.

What is the CORE? The short answer is it’s an integrative multidisciplinary approach to thinking.

Concordia University is a member of the Association for Core Texts and Courses’ Liberal Arts Institute. This prestigious institute—composed of 12 universities that include Columbia, St. John’s, Pepperdine, and Notre Dame—is committed to the preservation and promotion of “the integrated and common study of world classics and texts of major cultural significance.”

  • When you take one of the six courses as a part of the CORE, you are engaging rigorous, cross-disciplinary critical thinking that sets apart today’s leaders from those who simply jumped through the educational hoops to earn a degree.
  • You become a thinker with the vision to see and integrate the significant connections across multiple academic disciplines.
  • You are uniquely equipped to meet real world challenges in your community, in the classroom, or in the business marketplace—wherever your vocation leads you to serve through your gifts.

Meaningful coursework.

The 61 units are broken down into three categories: University Success, Core Curriculum, and Distribution Courses. There are options to customize 9 units from Humanities, while all other coursework is required. You can transfer units from outside institutions to count toward completing your online general education at Concordia. Since transfer questions are unique by nature, please contact our admissions counselor to review your transcript and see how your previous coursework applies.

  • University Success Courses
  • 15 units
  • ACOM 103: Communications
  • 3
Principles and practices of effective oral communication; analysis of the speaking-listening process; includes informative, persuasive and impromptu speaking experiences.
  • ADGL 102: Digital Literacy
  • 3
Digital Literacy is a course meant to prepare students for 21st century learning. The goal of Digital Literacy is to teach and assess digital concepts and skills so that students can use computer technology in everyday life to develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities. As students master the tools learned, students will be asked to apply these tools and use these skills in other courses throughout the program.
  • AMTH 101: Principles of Mathematics
  • 3
This course is an overview of mathematics to meet the general education requirement. Topics included are algebra, functions, number theory, geometry and statistics. Problem solving and applications are emphasized throughout the course.
  • ASTS 101: University Success Skills
  • 3
This course will provide students with the skills essential to succeeding as an adult in the college setting. The focus will be on understanding the role of a college student and the application of academic skills and success strategies. The course will build a foundational level of information literacy and critical thinking skills; effective learning and management skills; and an individualized success plan that will provide a clear pathway to completion of the degree.
  • AWRT 104: College Composition
  • 3
Students will practice research methods and a variety of writing strategies such as narration, description, exposition and argumentation. Through research, reading, writing and writers workshops, students will develop as critical thinkers and writers.
  • Core Curriculum Courses
  • 18 units
  • AART 201: Core Integrated Art
  • 3
While music, theatre, and visual art have the potential to be appealing to people, they can go much further. At times, their profundity truly moves people to historically significant actions, to personal peace or angst, to community or conflict. Through integrated reading, multimedia presentations, listening, writing, and live and/or online performance attendance, students will engage with the arts as meaning-making elements through history in science, faith, philosophy, and sociology.
  • AECO 201: Core Economics
  • 3
This is a survey course of the scope and methods of the study of principles of economics and the history of economic thought. Topics will include decision making by households and firms, supply and demand, operation of markets and the determination of prices, international trade, financial markets, the role of government and policy, and the evaluation of social welfare within alternative economic systems.
  • AENG 201: Core Literature
  • 3
This course will focus on critical thinking and research-based writing through comparative and interdisciplinary analysis. Alongside lectures and class discussions the study of representative great works of Western and non-Western literature from the 17th Century to the present will emphasize the literary, cultural, and religious significance of these texts.
  • AHST 201: Core History
  • 3
This course will look at the political, cultural, social, and economic developments in America and the world from the rise of the modern nation/state to the modern age through the reading of significant texts and research-based writing, alongside lectures and class discussion.
  • APHI 201: Core Philosophy
  • 3
This course will explore the study and practice of rational inquiry into fundamental questions about human wisdom, action, and creativity as students learn the elements of rational inquiry through the study of the traditions of western philosophy through classic texts.
  • ATHL 202: Core New Testament
  • 3
A historical and literary survey course of the New Testament with an emphasis on theological themes and their relevance for Christian faith and life.
  • Distribution Courses
  • 28 units
  • APSY 201: Psychology
  • 3
Concepts and principles pertinent to the psychological processes of social behavior, development, motivation, sensation, perception, thinking and symbolic processes, learning, personality, and psychological disorders will be examined in this course.
  • ASCI 201: Integrated Science and Lab
  • 4
A lab course that integrates the scientific thought process with a study of the various natural sciences disciplines.
  • ASCI 202: Principles of Scientific Thought
  • 3
The introduction to the scientific truths of the biological sciences discovered through the hypothetical deductive approach and their applications to life and their limitations for society.
  • ASOC 101: Sociology
  • 3
This course will analyze the topics of social interaction, relationships, deviance, control, institutions, processes, and change; socialization; family and educational problems; child abuse; crime and delinquency; and drug, alcohol, and tobacco abuse.
  • ATHL 201: Old Testament
  • 3
A historical and literary survey of the Old Testament, with an emphasis on theological themes and their relevance for Christian life and faith.
  • ESS 101: Healthy Living
  • 3
Students explore the values and benefits that derive from the maintenance of a physically active lifestyle and its contribution to the physical and mental well-being of the individual. The course includes instruction and laboratory experiences in physical fitness.
  • Humanities (select 3 courses)
  • AENG 202: Contemporary Literature
  • 3
Reading, critical analysis, discussion and evaluation of selected literature from 1890 through the twenty-first century.
  • AENG 203: Modern Film
  • 3
An intensive study of films and screenplays as literature, emphasizing the elements unique to the genre within the context of the modern literary world.
  • AHST 202: Contemporary U.S. History
  • 3
This course deals with the leading aspects of American history from the Civil War to the present. Attention is given to political issues, institutions, political parties, leadership, and diplomatic and constitutional questions; as well as economic, social, and intellectual trends. This course also focuses on what is unique in the American historical experience and relates American history to the broader global context.
  • AHST 203: The Modern World 1840 to Present
  • 3
In the aftermath of the Revolutions of 1776 and 1789, as well as the Napoleonic Wars that shook Europe, the western world experienced a seismic shift in how it responded to social, political and religious ideas. The questions of “What Should I Believe”, “How Should I be Governed’, and “What is the Nature of Social Equality” became significantly more muddled. The European social revolutions of 1848, the American Civil War, Industrial Revolutions and the culminating World Wars of the 20th century shook the faiths of many in God, political structures and the nature of equality. Starting with the Revolutions of 1848 and subsequent state building through the existential crises of the World Wars and up to our present day this class looks beyond simple narrative and seeks to answer the human questions that the past century sought to answer and have caused us to reevaluate the present.

Faculty and design.

Our faculty at Concordia University Irvine are experts in their subject areas who care about your success. Regardless of which instructional delivery choice you make, you can be confident that all courses are designed with your success in mind. In fact, the first 15 units of the general education are college success courses to make sure you have a positive and empowered experience learning through Concordia. So whether you need a brush-up on math or writing skills or digital literacy, we’ve got you covered.

Tuition and fees.

At a rate of $310 per unit with options for financial aid, this program allows you the opportunity to take courses online toward achieving the goal of obtaining a degree.

Tuition/Fees Cost
Application Fee $50
Graduation Fee $145
Tuition $310/unit

Apply now.

The following criteria must be met to be considered eligible for admission to Concordia University's general education:

  1. Must be a minimum age of 20 years old.
  2. Have a minimum GPA of 2.4 from high school or post-secondary coursework.
  3. Obtain a letter of recommendation.

Get Started Today.

Have questions about Concordia University's online general education program? Not sure how to get started? Fill out the form below, and one of our admissions counselors will get in touch with you.