Academic Catalog

Educational Programs

Center for Academic and Student Success (CASS)
Haven Warren Hall, Suite 214
Telephone: (404) 880-6055

General Education Core Curriculum


General Education is foundational to all baccalaureate degree programs at Clark Atlanta University. Its mission is to ensure that students acquire the skills, knowledge, and experiences that will help them successfully matriculate in all degree programs and that will prepare them to become informed and responsible citizens in the global society. The program is designed to develop in students the core abilities to communicate effectively, utilize quantitative data, demonstrate critical thinking skills, enhance their understanding and appreciation of the humanities, and expand their knowledge of the social and natural worlds in which they live. This component of the Clark Atlanta University baccalaureate degree program consists of a set of courses and other experiences in the humanities, social and natural sciences; computer literacy and information technology; communication and quantitative skills; foreign languages; and several other areas, which are generally sequenced in the first two years of study.

The Clark Atlanta University General Education Core Curriculum includes five (5) Key Categories of Learning:

  1. Computer and Information Technology - Proficient in Academic & Professional Software/Applications.  Scholars must be proficient in the use of: Microsoft Access, Excel, Internet Research, industry relevant applications and software
  2. Critical and Ethical Thinking - Be proficient in the aspects of Blooms Taxonomy.  Students should be able to:  Evaluate, Synthesize, Analyze, Apply, Comprehend, 
    Gain Knowledge
  3. Financial and Quantitative Literacy - Demonstrate proficiency in the utilization of mathematical skills, concepts, and ideas to solve problems and interpret information.  Students should be able to analyze and apply basic scientific principles and research methods of scientific inquiry to make informed decisions.
  4. Communication Proficiency - Demonstrate Oral and Written Proficiency.  Effectively communicate, orally and in writing, using Standard English and the appropriate language, tone and disposition for the purpose and audience.
  5. Globalization and Humanities Awareness - Demonstrate an Understanding of Global Issues, Service Learning and the Human Condition.   Apply knowledge of social science and humanistic inquiry to evaluate contemporary issues and make informed decisions.  Identify and explain the implications of ethical values in a chosen profession.  Understand the micro and macro implications of a “Culture for Service”.  Demonstrate social responsibility and service learning. 

General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Clark Atlanta University Graduates will be able to:

  1. Effectively communicate, orally and in writing, using Standard English and the appropriate language, tone and disposition for the purpose and audience. (Written and Oral Communication Skills)
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the utilization of mathematical skills, concepts, and ideas to solve problems and interpret information. Utilize current technology to effectively analyze and manage data, and solve problems in a variety of contexts demanding technological literacy. Analyze and apply basic scientific principles and research methods of scientific inquiry to make informed decisions (Financial, Quantitative, Technology and Scientific Literacy)
  3. Integrate knowledge and concepts from multiple disciplines or fields and work in teams on assignments and knowledge creation (Integrative and Collaborative Learning).
  4. Independently demonstrate competency in utilizing critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques to evaluate arguments or conclusions, to explore causal questions and explanations, and to evaluate data for consistency with facts or hypotheses. (Critical and Creative Thinking)
  5. Identify and analyze diverse cultures and their value to individuals and society through language, literature, arts, and cultural and historical studies. (Multicultural and global interactions)
  6. Identify theories, methods, and concepts used to and respond to the human condition. Examine and articulate how various humanists/artists have responded to the human condition and evaluate and critique how humanistic/artistic expression contributes to individual and/or sociocultural understanding, growth, and well-being. (Appreciation of Humanities and Fine Arts)
  7. Apply knowledge of political, social, and economic systems, complex group and organizational behavior, and principles of social science inquiry to evaluate contemporary issues and make informed decisions. Identify and explain the implications of ethical values in a chosen profession. Apply knowledge to evaluate and make informed decisions on connections between mind, body, and spirit. (Personal and Professional Ethics, Human Values and Holistic Wellness)

Curriculum Requirements

The following courses of instruction meet the requirements of the General Education Core.
(Students should refer to Departmental Course Lists for detailed courses descriptions)

Students should refer to Departmental Course Lists for specific requirements and detailed course descriptions. This list represents courses that may satisfy degree requirements. Please seek assistance with an academic advisor. Upper level (300 / 400 course numbers) courses are only open to juniors and seniors.

First-Year Student Seminar

Students who transfer in with a minimum of 28 credit hours are not required to take this course. Transfer students who are required to take only one semester of Seminar should take CGED 100 First Year Seminar to fulfill this requirement. Honors Program students must complete CHON 100 Freshman Honors Seminar and CHON 102 Honors Seminar.


(Credit Hours 3-9 in each area)

At least one course from each area. Course options are based on the student’s major. Please follow the academic program for your major.

Area A

Humanities/Fine Arts (3-9)

CHIS 201United States,Africa & World3
CHIS 202United States, Africa & World3
CHIS 211History of the United States3
CHIS 212History of the United States3
CART 150Art Appreciation3
CHUM 228
CHUM 230
CMUS 119World Music3
CMUS 120Music Appreciation3
CSTA 252Theater Appreciation3
CPHI 105Critical Thinking3
CPHI 221Introduction to Philosophy3
CPHI 241Philosophy of Religion3
CREL 101The Biblical Heritage3
CREL 103Afr Amer Religious Experiences3
CREL 104Afr Amer Religious Experience3
CREL 250Comparative Religion3

Area B

Social / Behavioral Sciences (3-9)

Political Science
CPSC 219American Govern & Politics3
CPSC 315Comparative Politics3
CPSC 322International Relations3
CPSY 211General Psychology3
CPSY 218Human Growth & Development3
CPSY 385Abnormal Psychology3
CPSY 301Educational Psychology3
Criminal Justice/Sociology
CSCJ 215Intro. to Sociology3
CSCJ 216Intro. to Anthropology3
CSCJ 218Contemporary Social Problems3
CSCJ 310Criminology3
CSCJ 431Social Stratification3

Area C

Natural Science / Mathematics / Statistics (3-9)

Biological Sciences
CBIO 101Biological Science3
CBIO 111General Biology I & Lab4
CBIO 112General Biology II & Lab4
CCHE 111Gen Chem 1 & Recitation4
CCHE 112Gen Chem II Lec & Recitation4
Mathematics 1
CMAT 103Algebra I3
CMAT 104Finite Mathematics3
CMAT 105Pre-Calculus I3
CMAT 106Pre-Calculus II3
CMAT 111Calculus I4
CMAT 112Calculus II4
CMAT 209Calculus with Anal Geometry I3
CMAT 210Calculus w/Analy Geometry II3
CMAT 211Calculus III4
CMAT 212Differential Equations3
CMAT 214Linear Algebra3
CPHY 102Physical Science3
CPHY 104Intro to Earth System Science4
CPHY 111General & Modern Physics I4
CPHY 112General & Modern Physics II4
CPHY 121
Physics I: Mechanics
and Physics I: Mechanics Lab
CPHY 122Physics II: Elec & Magnetism3
CPHY 123Physics III:Optics/Modern Phys3
CBUS 313Statistics I3
CSCJ 337Statistics I3
CSCJ 387Research Methods3

Students who are required to take a math course beyond Algebra will be tested during the CAU Experience to determine placement.

Area D

Communications (3-9)

CENG 105College Composition I3
CENG 106College Composition II3
Foreign Language/Culture
CFLX 101Elementary I
CFLX 102Elementary II
CFLX 201Intermediate I
CFLX 202Intermediate II
CENG 201Intro to World Literature I3
CENG 202Intro to World Literature II3
CSTA 101Fundamentals of Speech3

Area E

Financial / Technological (3-9)

CART 227
CBUS 101
CBUS 250Personal Finance3
CBUS 341Business Finance3
Computer Science
CCIS 100Info. Technology & Comp. App.3
CCIS 101Introduction to Computers3
CCIS 103Scientific Comp. for Simu,Ana3
CCIS 1043
CCIS 105Programming Principles I3
CCIS 121Introduction to Computer Sys3
EDC 262
CECO 107Introduction to Economics3
CECO 250Principles of Economics3
CECO 251Principles of Macroeconomics3
CEDC 262Educational Technology3
CPHI 262Sci, Tech, & Human Values3

First-Year Seminar Program

Center for Academic and Student Success (CASS)
Haven Warren Hall, Suite 211
Telephone: (404) 880-6055

The First-Year Seminar Program provides first-year and transfer students with an introduction to the Clark Atlanta University community and to strategies for successful transition to and participation in this community. Through a year-long course the values and expectations of the University are defined, regulations are requirements are transmitted, institutional resources and support services are identified, and issues and topics are introduced, which are aimed at helping students to understand the purpose and value of higher education, to develop positive attitudes toward the teaching-learning process, to acquire skills needed for successful college life, and to make appropriate choices related to their personal, academic, civic and professional goals. The seminar program is a graduation requirement for first-year students and transfer students with twenty-eight (28) or fewer credit hours, and must be completed with a passing grade. There is no waiver for the requirement.

The mission of the First-Year Seminar Program is to provide a year-long first-year experience through academic support services, resources, instruction and mentoring that provide for the successful adjustment and matriculation for students.

The vision of the First-Year Seminar Program is to be a model academic program for facilitating students’ successful transition to college centered on student learning and providing the necessary campus connections and support to foster success in the first year of study and thus to enhance student retention, engagement, satisfaction, and persistence to graduation.

Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program

Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program Center
Main Level, Trevor Arnett Building
Telephone: 404-880-6101

The Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program provides an enriched educational program of study for academically talented and motivated students at Clark Atlanta University. The program, conceptualized for students whose high school accomplishments indicate superior intellectual ability, motivation, and openness of mind, is designed to promote interdisciplinary learning in collaboration with all academic majors at the University. Co-curricular offerings provide opportunities for leadership development, personal growth through team-building, career exploration, and experiences to promote international understanding.

The mission of the Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program is to provide learning opportunities to high achieving students through collaborative, enriching, and rewarding undergraduate experience both in and out of the classroom that support critical thinking, independent research, interdisciplinary learning, civic engagement, and career readiness.

Among many other benefits, students in the honors program are offered smaller, discussion-based courses taught by innovative faculty members, personalized academic advising, opportunities to engage in leadership, as well as research and community service activities.

The Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program supports students in their efforts to

  1. Demonstrate excellent critical thinking skills;
  2. Engage purposefully in leadership, service, or mentorship; and
  3. Conducted independent scholarly work of professional or near professional quality.

Upon the graduation from Clark Atlanta University, members of the Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program, in addition to earning the appropriate credits for their degrees, will have

  1. Engaged in faculty-led or individual scholarly research,
  2. Demonstrated civic engagement 
  3. Engaged in community service, and
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of methods of research.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program is determined by a review of a completed application; assessment student interests; scores from SAT/ACT examinations; high school transcripts; and strong teacher recommendations. Students are accepted into the program during the first semester of their first year; however, students may be considered for admission to the program during the second semester of their first year. Transfer and international students are encouraged to apply at the start of their first semester at CAU.

Students admitted to the honors program must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 to remain in the program.

Graduation Requirements

Members of the program are expected to complete the two semesters of Honors Seminar in the first year, honors-level courses, an independent study course, complete a senior thesis/project in their major field or across two or more academic disciplines, and participate in program activities to qualify for graduating with honor cords from the program.

All members of the Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program must complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service each academic semester, as well as participate in service and co-curricular opportunities at the University and in the program.

Honors-Level Courses

Isabella T. Jenkins Honors Program members are to complete courses from the list below. Honors-level courses satisfy the University’s General Education core requirements. Additional courses may be added.

Honors College Composition
and Honors College Composition
CENG 201HHonors World Literature3
or CENG 202H Honors Intro to World Lit II
CPHI 105HHonors Critical Thinking3
Hon Gen Biology I & Lab
and General Biology II Honors
CSJC 215H3
Honors Gen Chem & Recitation
and General Honors Chemistry
Honors Africa & World History
and US Africa & World Honors 1
CPSY 211HHonors General Psychology3
& CMAT 112H

CCOL 112H2
CCOL 200H2
CCOL 302H2
CCOL 402H2

Political Science Majors must take CHIS 211H and CHIS 212H in place of CHIS 201H Honors Africa & World History and CHIS 202H US Africa & World Honors.

Honors Program Requirements

& CHON 102H

and (Requirement - 1 credit each semester) 1
CHON 399H1-6
CHON 499H3

Satisfies core requirement for First-Year Seminar.