Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2024-2025 
    Jun 23, 2024  
Undergraduate Academic Catalog 2024-2025

General Education

General Education is the breadth requirement of an undergraduate degree and is complemented by the depth requirement of a major. Breadth provides the opportunity to develop core competencies (i.e., oral and written communication, critical thinking, information literacy, and quantitative reasoning), study across and integrate multiple disciplines, and familiarity with Fresno Pacific University distinctives. Foundational as well as advanced courses from various majors contribute to the breadth of General Education's interdisciplinary offerings. Programs may require that students select specific general education courses. See program requirements for details.

A major provides learners with the opportunity to pursue mastery of special interests, to prepare for careers or to prepare for advanced study in graduate or professional schools.

A minor, which is optional, has two primary purposes. The first is to provide learners with the opportunity to deepen their understanding and experience of values central to the tradition of the university. The second is to provide learners with the opportunity to pursue secondary personal or career interests.

Together, general education, the major, and the minor are intended to stimulate learners to grow toward maturity centered in Jesus Christ, commitment to the church, virtue in character, faithfulness in vocation and service, and active peacemaking, community building, and cultural transformation.

Transfer Overview

Fresno Pacific's undergraduate transfer standards for General Education and elective credits are consistent with the California State University transfer standard. Students may demonstrate completion of all lower-division General Education requirements (100-200 level courses) by submitting one of the following:

  • CSU General Education Certification from a California community college
  • Associate of Arts for transfer (ADT) at a public California community college
  • Associate of Science for transfer [ADT] at a public California community college

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Oral Communication: Students will exhibit clear, engaging and confident oral communication – in both individual and group settings – and will critically evaluate content and delivery components.
  2. Written Communication: Students will demonstrate proficient written communication by articulating a clear focus, synthesizing arguments and using standard formats in order to inform and persuade others.
  3. Critical Thinking: Students will apply critical thinking competencies by generating probing questions, recognizing underlying assumptions, interpreting and evaluating relevant information and applying their understandings to new situations.
  4. Quantitative Reasoning: Students will accurately compute calculations and symbolic operations and explain their use in a field of study.
  5. Information Literacy: Students will identify information needed in order to fully understand a topic or task, explain how that information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given enquiry, locate and critically evaluate sources and accurately and effectively share that information.
  6. Mission: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the social justice, wellness, and the Christian Identity of the university.

Degree Completion

General Education: Degree Completion Students  

General Education: Traditional Undergraduate

Area A: English Language Communication and Critical Thinking

(Select one from each area, 9 units total)

Area A1: Oral Communication (select 1 course, 3 units)

Area A2: Written Communication (select 1 course, 3 units)

A3: Critical Thinking (select 1 course, 3 units)

AREA B: Scientific Inquiry & Quantitative Reasoning

(Complete B1 - B4, 10-11 units)

B1 and B2: Natural Science (select 2 courses from different disciplines, 6 units)





B3: Natural Science Lab (1 lab minimum taken concurrently with a class from B1-2 above, 1 unit)

B4: Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (select 1 course, 3-4 units)

AREA C: Arts & Humanities

(Complete C1 – C3, 9 units)

C1 and C2: Arts or Humanities (select from 2 different disciplines, 6 units)






C3: Language Other Than English (3 units, see note below)

One course in language will meet Area C3. A second language course may be used to meet one of the requirements in Area C1-2. The following rules apply for the language requirement in C3:

  • Level III high school language with grade of C- or better in the final semester. This meets the language requirement in C3 but no units are awarded.
  • A passing grade in elementary, level I, or higher, college language study.
  • Examination (CLEP, local examination, TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Students completing an ADT or CSU GE Certification at a California Community College have completed Area C with or without a "Language other than English" course.
  • Students completing Area C prior to initial matriculation at FPU have completed Area C with or without a "Language other than English" course.

 AREA D: Social Science

(Select 2 courses from different disciplines, 6 units)







Area E: Wellness (3 units)

Individual Wellness 


Vocational and Financial Wellness


Lifespan Wellness


Wellness of the Spirit


Relational Wellness


Environmental Wellness


Area F: Social Justice through Global, Ethnic, and Religious Studies (3 units)

Area I: Faith Engaging Life 

(Complete I1 – I3, 9 units)

I1: Engaging the Story of Jesus (3 units)

I2: Scripture Engaging Life (3 units)

Faith Engaging Contemporary Life (3 units)