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NOVA 2011-2012 College Catalog

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS -- General Education Electives

General education is that portion of the collegiate experience that addresses the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values characteristic of educated persons. It is unbounded by disciplines and honors the connections among bodies of knowledge. NOVA degree graduates will demonstrate competency in the following general education areas: communication, critical thinking, cultural and social understanding, information literacy, personal development, quantitative reasoning, and scientific reasoning.

Consequently, the College, in accord with the general education guidelines of the Virginia Community College System, has determined the following list of general education elective courses.

It is highly recommended that you consult with your academic advisor or counselor in order to select the most appropriate course for your curriculum and/or transferability to another college.

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives 

ARC 200

History of Architecture

ARC 201

History of Modern Architecture

ART 100

Art Appreciation

ART 101-102

History and Appreciation of Art

ART 103-104

History of Far Eastern Art

ART 105

Art in World Culture

ART 106

History of Modern Art

ART 150

History of Film and Animation

ART 211-212

History of American Art

ART 213-214

Italian Art

ART 250

History of Design

ASL 125

The History & Culture of the Deaf Community

ASL 201-202

American Sign Language III-IV

CST 130

Introduction to the Theatre

CST 141

Theatre Appreciation I

CST 151-152

Film Appreciation I-II

CST 231-232

History of the Theatre I-II

ENG

Any 200-level literature course

Foreign Languages

All 200-level courses

(ASL 201 & 202 may be used to meet the foreign language requirement at VCCS colleges, but may not transfer as foreign language to other institutions.)

HIS 101-102

History of Western Civilization

HIS 111-112

History of World Civilization

HIS 187

Interpreting Material Culture

HIS 243

History of the Ancient World

HIS 255

History of Chinese Culture and Institutions

HIS 256

History of Japanese Culture and Institutions

HIS 261

Topics in Cultural Ethnicity

HIS 262

United States History in Film

(The above HIS courses can be considered humanities at VCCS colleges but may not transfer as humanities to other institutions.)

HUM

All courses

MUS 121-122

Music Appreciation

MUS 221-222

History of Music

MUS 225

The History of Jazz

PHI

All courses

PHT 110

History of Photography

REL

All courses

Social/Behavioral Sciences

ECO 110

Consumer Economics

ECO 115

Understanding Our Environment: An Economic Introduction

ECO 120

Survey of Economics

ECO 201-202

Principles of Macro and Micro Economics

ECO 210

International Economics

ECO 245

Contemporary Economic Issues

GEO 200

Introduction to Physical Geography

GEO 210

Introduction to Cultural Geography

GEO 220

World Regional Geography

GEO 230

Political Geography

HIS 101-102

History of Western Civilization

HIS 111-112

History of World Civilization

HIS 121-122

United States History I-II

HIS 125

History of the American Indian

HIS 126

Women in World History

HIS 127

Women in American History

HIS 135

History of the Contemporary World

HIS 141-142

Afro-American History I-II

HIS 187

Interpreting Material Culture

HIS 203

History of African Civilization

HIS 211

History of England

HIS 225-226

Topics in European History

HIS 231-232

History of Latin American Civilizations I-II

HIS 241-242

History of Russia I-II

HIS 243

History of the Ancient World

HIS 251-252

History of Middle East Civilization I-II

HIS 253-254**

History of Asian Civilizations

HIS 255

History of Chinese Culture and Institutions

HIS 256

History of Japanese Culture and Institutions

HIS 261

Topics in Cultural Ethnicity

HIS 262

United States History in Film

PLS

All courses

PSY

All courses

SOC

All courses

SSC 115

Introduction to Global Affairs

**Additional HIS courses may be approved by the faculty advisor.

Physical and Life Sciences/Mathematics

BIO 101-102*

General Biology I-II

BIO 107

Biology of the Environment

BIO 110

General Botany

BIO 120

General Zoology

BIO 141-142

Anatomy & Physiology I-II

CHM 101-102**

General Chemistry I-II

CHM 111-112

College Chemistry I-II

CHM 121-122

Health Sciences Chemistry I-II

ENV 121-122

General Environmental Science I-II

GOL 105

Physical Geology

GOL 106

Historical Geology

GOL 111-112

Oceanography I-II

GOL 206

Paleontology

GOL 225

Environmental Geology

NAS 101-102***

Natural Sciences I-II

NAS 125

Meteorology

NAS 130

Elements of Astronomy

PHY 101-102

Introduction to Physics I-II

PHY 201-202

General College Physics I-II

PHY 231-232

General University Physics I-II

MTH 151-152

Math for Liberal Arts I-II

MTH 157

Elementary Statistics

MTH 163-164

PreCalculus I-II

MTH 166

PreCalculus with Trigonometry

MTH 173-174

Calculus with Analytic Geometry I-II

MTH 181-182

Finite Mathematics

MTH 241-242

Statistics I-II

MTH 271-272

Applied Calculus

*Additional biology (BIO) courses may be approved by a faculty advisor.
**Additional chemistry (CHM) courses may be approved by a faculty advisor.
***Additional natural science (NAS) courses may be approved by a faculty advisor.