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General Education Electives

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 Electives.

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

Humanities/Fine Arts Electives     

ARA 201-202 Intermediate Arabic I-II
ARC 200 History of Architecture
ART 100 Art Appreciation
ART 101-102 History and Appreciation of Art
ART 106 History of Modern Art
ART 150 History of Film and Animation
ART 250 History of Design
ASL 201-202* American Sign Language III-IV
CHI 201-202 Intermediate Chinese I-II
CST 130 Introduction to the Theatre
CST 141 Theatre Appreciation I
CST 151 Film Appreciation I
ENG 230 Mystery in Literature and Film
ENG 236 Introduction to the Short Story
ENG 237 Introduction to Poetry
ENG 241-242 Survey of American Literature I-II
ENG 243-244 Survey of English Literature I-II
ENG 250 Children's Literature
ENG 251-252 Survey of World Literature I-II
ENG 253 Survey of African-American Literature I
ENG 256 Literature of Science Fiction
ENG 257 Mythological Literature
ENG 279 Film and Literature
FRE 201-202 Intermediate French I-II
GER 201-202 Intermediate German I-II
GRE 201-202 Intermediate Ancient Greek I-II
HUM 201-222 Survey of Western Culture I-II
HUM 210 Introduction to Women in Humanities
HUM 220 Introduction to African-American Studies
HUM 259 Greek Mythology
ITA 201-202 Intermediate Italian I-II
JPN 201-202 Intermediat Japanese I-II
LAT 201-202 Intermediate Latin I-II
MUS 121-122 Music Appreciation I-II
MUS 221 History of Music I
MUS 225 History of Jazz
PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy I
PHI 111 Logic I
PHI 115 Practical Reasoning
PHI 220 Ethics
PHI 227 Biomedical Ethics
PHT 110 History of Photography
REL 100 Introduction to the Study of Religion
REL 231-232 Religions of the World I-II
REL 233 Introduction to Islam
RUS 201-202 Intermediate Russian I-II
SPA 201-202 Intermediate Spanish I-II
SPA 205-206 Spanish for Heritage Speakers

*Check with your advisor to see if ASL meets the foreign language requirement at your transfer school.

Oral Communication

CST 100 Principles of Public Speaker
CST 110 Introduction to Communication
CST 126 Interpersonal Communication
CST 229 Intercultural Communication

Physical and Life Sciences/Mathematics Electives

BIO 101-102 General Biology I-II
CHM 101-102 Introductory Chemistry I-II
CHM 111-112 General 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
NAS 101-102 Natural Sciences I-II
NAS 125 Meteorology
PHY 150 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 154 Quantitative Reasoning
MTH 155 Elementary Statistics
MTH 161-162 Precalculus I-II
MTH 167 Precalculus with Trigonometry
MTH 245-246 Statistics I-II
MTH 261-262 Applied Calculus I-II
MTH 263-264 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I-II

Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives

ECO 201-202 Principles of Macro and Micro Economics
GEO 200 Introduction to Physical Geography
GEO 210 Introduction to Cultural Geography
GEO 220 World Regional Geography
HIS 101-102 History of Western Civilization
HIS 111-112 History of World Civilization
HIS 121-122 United States History I-II
PLS 135 American National Politics
PLS 140 Introduction to Comparative Politics
PLS 211 U.S. Government I
PLS 241 International Relations I
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology
PSY 216 Social Psychology
PSY 219 Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSY 230 Developmental Psychology
SSC 115 Introduction to Global Affairs
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology
SOC 211-212 Principles of Anthropology I-II
SOC 268 Social Problems