Foundational Curriculum & Cross Cultural Experience


For All Undergraduate Degrees 


The mission of Asbury University, as a Christian Liberal Arts University in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, is to equip men and women, through a commitment to academic excellence and spiritual vitality, for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service to the professions, society, the family and the Church, thereby preparing them to engage their cultures and advance the cause of Christ around the world.

Value Proposition:  Academic Excellence and Spiritual Vitality


Asbury University’s Foundational Liberal Arts Program organizes around five (5) key conceptual areas.  Each of the five areas clearly identifies a Student Learning Outcome (SLO) crucial to the liberal arts vision and overall academic mission of the University. While each conceptual category is distinct, and supports a clearly defined learning outcome, none of categories is to be considered as isolated from the other, nor static.  They are of a piece, all interconnected, inseparable, and dynamic.  They invite reflection on the whole person, not on some disaggregated set of aptitudes or skills.  Thus Christian faith and culture sheds light on and informs human thought and creative expression. Yet neither the religious nor the creative life unfolds in a vacuum.  A person in search of knowledge, meaning, and wisdom must necessarily engage society and answer the call to public and global responsibility, while also recognizing that informed citizenship requires critical thinking, analysis, and problem solving.  Social responsibility, in turn, entails a deep awareness that human persons are very obviously situated in human circumstances and communities, which must be sustained by productive learning, living, and well-being. Thus, the following conceptual framework for the Foundational/Liberal Arts Program at Asbury University is designed to highlight these intersections, to open new pathways of thought, to promote an interdisciplinary approach to liberal arts study, and, ultimately, to keep alive the enduring questions of human life and meaning:


1. Integrating Christian Faith and Culture

At Asbury University, the Foundational Liberal Arts Program takes shape within the context of Christian revelation.  Asbury’s Christian (Wesleyan) theological tradition invites students to apprehend God’s revelation through scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.  These common inquiries challenge students to explore the rich relationship between Christian belief and practice, between Christian theological foundations and traditions. As a crucial part of this theological education, students will use critical approaches and interpretive skills necessary to establish life-long Biblical literacy.

SLO 1: Students will demonstrate Biblical literacy and theological understanding as they inform human life.


2. Discovering Human Thought and Creative Expression

Works of literature, art, music, and philosophy raise enduring questions about humankind.  This area of study will help students ask and address fundamental questions relating to humankind and the varieties of human experiences.  Essential to this area of inquiry is a sustained program of reading deeply in and writing about influential thinkers—artists, poets, philosophers, and historians—who have posed questions and expressed ideas about such perennial human concerns as art and beauty, truth and goodness, history and culture, and morality and ethics.

SLO 2: Students will use aesthetic, historic, linguistic, and philosophical forms and expressions to interpret the human condition.


3. Engaging Society and Global Responsibility

For millennia humans have organized themselves in families, communities and states – for protection, to meet needs, expand material wealth and promote social well being. This category attempts to understand the human experience with regard to social and political organization and the responsibility of individuals and groups to sustain and alter the social order.

SLO 3: Students will demonstrate how key concepts from the social and behavioral sciences help to identify and address real-world problems of human persons, communities, and nations, including the origin of such problems.


4. Achieving Quantitative and Critical Literacy

The modern age presents humans not just with mass society, but also with an outpouring of data about every element of that society, as well as tools that enable individuals and groups to analyze and interpret these data.  Increasingly, success in the professions and in personal life will depend upon a person’s ability to utilize these tools to facilitate critical thinking and problem solving.  This area of inquiry will challenge students to comprehend and evaluate mathematical and statistical information, perform problem-solving operations on qualitative and quantitative data, and describe the challenges of using technology and managing information.

SLO 4: The student will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving through the interpretation and analysis of data.


5. Searching the Natural World and the Environment

Scientific discoveries in the recent era have led to an explosion of knowledge of the natural world.  Though such knowledge has enabled humans to conquer diseases and to construct infrastructures that promote human well-being, the scientific era has also raised moral, ethical, religious, and environmental questions regarding human practices, habitations, circumstances, and environments.  Scientific discovery and practicing the scientific method are crucial for a life of productive learning and living.  Students, then, will explore foundational principles and concepts in the natural sciences and use them in critically thinking about such related areas as personal wellness, environmental stewardship, culture formation, and moral and ethical decision making. 

SLO 5: Students will use the scientific method to engage in an exploration of the natural world, including a close examination of practices that promote environmental stewardship and personal well-being.



1. Courses in the Foundational areas are required for all undergraduate degree. 

2. Some courses required in a major may satisfy a foundational course.  Students meeting any foundational requirements with major courses, or by waivers of any kind, must still meet the 124 credits required for graduation

3. LA 100, Engaging the Liberal Arts, is required only in the traditional undergraduate program for the following:

    a. all new students who are first time, full time in college since high school graduation even those having college credits exceeding 30.0. 

    b. all new transfer students with less than 30.0 college credits. 



Introduction - required for new first time, full time college students and new freshmen transfers. 

                      LA            100          Engaging Liberal Arts


SLO 1:    Integrating Christian Faith & Cult. (12)

Complete both Biblical Studies

                NT           100          Und New Testament

                OT           100          Und Old Testament

Complete one philosophy:

                PHL         200          Intro Philosophy

                PHL         231          Ethics

Complete theology:                                         

               TH           250          Foundations of Christian Thought

Plus every semester:

              CH           021          Chapel Attendance

(Automatically added to schedule each semester)


SLO 2:    Discovering Human Thought & Creative Expression (12)

Complete one fine arts:

                ART         100          Understanding Art

                ART         251, 252, or 394 Art History

                FA           100          Understanding Music & Art

                MHL        251, 252, or 353 Music History

                MUS        100          Understanding Music

Complete one composition:

                ENG        110          Expos & Research

                ENG        151          Adv Expos & Research

Complete literature:

               ENG        205          Literature and Culture

Complete one communication:

               COM        130          Cult. Infl. Of Media

               COM        150          Intro to Comm


SLO 3:    Engaging Society & Global Responsibility (6-15)

Complete one history:

                HIS          101          Western Civ I

                HIS          102          Western Civ II

                HIS          201          US Hist to 1876

                HIS          202          US Hist to Present

Complete one social science:

                ECN        100          Current Econ Issues

                PS           101          Amer Politics & Gov

                PSY         101          Psych for Everyday Life

                SOC        100          Intro Sociology

                SOC        112          Intro Anthropology

Complete Foreign Language:

     Satisfy through the 201 course level in one language (0-9)

     (Chinese, French, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, or Spanish)

     or Satisfactorily complete language placement test at 202 level or above.

     [Not required of non-language education majors]


PLUS fulfill:         CCE        073          Cross-Cultural Exp

     [Not required for Associate’s degree]

     (See additional information below or go to


SLO 4:    Achieving Quantitative & Critical Literacy (0-4)

Complete quantitative requirement by one of the following:

                MAT        120          Concepts Math & Tech

                MAT        131 or above

                CSC        113 or above (4)

                or  May be satisfied by ACT/SAT Math score of 26/600


SLO 5:    Searching the Natural World and the Environment (6)

Complete one science with lab:

               BIO, CHE, ESC, or PHY Lab Science

Complete Health and Physical Activity

              PED         100          Theory of Wellness

              PE           ____        Physical Activity

              [limit 1 PE per semester; only 4 PE credits count towards graduation]


Additional LIBERAL ARTS ENRICHMENT                

Complete any ONE 3 credit course from those listed above, not otherwise taken, and not in major (may also use a Foreign Language course 202 or above).


See the COURSE CATALOG for specific course information



Proficiency Standards - English & Math Prerequisites

1. All students are required to satisfy foundational requirements in English Composition (ENG 110 or ENG 151) and Mathematics/Computer Science (MAT 120).

2. Prior to being admitted to these classes, students must demonstrate that they have met the basic writing, ENG 100, and basic math, MAT 100, requirements.

3. ACT/SAT test scores are used to determine proficiency.

         ACT/SAT English score is 21/500 or less, ENG 100 is required

         ACT/SAT Mathematics score is 21/500 or less, MAT 100 is required




 [Detailed policy available in the Cross-Cultural Office or online at]

All traditional undergraduate students seeking an Asbury University Bachelor’s degree (including transfer students with less than sixty hours of credit at the time of matriculation) will be required to satisfy the Cross-Cultural Experience.  Students with an Asbury Associate’s degree who continue for a Bachelor’s must complete the Cross-Cultural Experience.  


The intention of the Cross-Cultural Experience (CCE) is to strengthen students’ abilities to interact with the world community, to expand their worldview, and to increase their cultural sensitivity with the ultimate goals of a broadened awareness as to how they might fit into God’s plan of redemption in other cultures, and a developed competency to effectively serve Christ in a global society.

Basic Description

Cross-Cultural Experience is defined as an immersion into another culture, engaging the student in a variety of life-spheres (family, education, religion, art, media, economics, government). 

Most experiences will expose the student to cultural dynamics outside of the United States. The experience must satisfy one of the options listed and must be of sufficient length and intensity to have an adequate impact upon the worldview of the participant.

Criteria Considered for a Cross-Cultural Experience

     1.   Geographic location: Normally, this will be outside the United States and Canada.

     2.   Exposure to various levels of ethnic diversity: such as language, customs, and worldviews.

     3.   Time frame: May be completed as early as the summer preceding the senior year of high school.

     4.   A student cannot graduate until the Cross-Cultural Experience has been completed. 

     5.   Length: Minimum of six consecutive nights in context.

Options for Satisfying the Cross-Cultural Experience

     1.   Semester/Summer-long, approved, cross-cultural programs such as Best Semester, and the international programs listed under Off Campus Programs.

     2.   Participation in an approved cross-cultural travel course, sponsored by an Asbury University faculty member/department

     3.   Participation in an approved non-Asbury University program sponsored by groups such as: a mission agency, a local church, a denomination, or a para-church group.

     4.   Participation in the Asbury Initiative Program

     5.   Prior international experience: an international student, lived in a cross-cultural setting, or other appropriate Cross-Cultural Experience to be considered on a case-by-case basis


  1.  Every student must file a Cross-Cultural Experience Form in the CCE Office.
  2.  Asbury University reserves the right to exclude from off-campus participation any student who is involved in conduct leading to disciplinary action or who may have a disability which cannot be accommodated.
  3.  All students traveling abroad under Asbury University authority must obtain an International Student Identification Card (ISIC), which is available through our CCE Office.

Finalizing the Cross-Cultural Experience

  1. Submit passport to the Director of Cross-Cultural Experience to be photocopied for date verification. 
  2. Submit a four-page, double-spaced Reflection Paper (12 pt. font) to the Director of Cross-Cultural Experience for evaluation within 30 days after returning from the trip, unless receiving course credit. 
  3. Credit for completing the requirement is listed on student’s academic audit with the course designation: CCE 073.

Refunds for University Sponsored Trips

     1.  If an Asbury University class trip is cancelled due to low enrollment or United States Travel Warning a refund may be requested.

     2.  Asbury University assumes no responsibility for cancellation or changes in travel and trip schedules or adjustments in announced fees cause by changes in air tariffs, lodging rates, or airfare charged by those engaged for such services.

     3.  In the event of an act of war, terrorism, strikes, acts of God, or other emergency that causes a trip to be cancelled in whole or in part, any refund due will be determined by Asbury University at its sole discretion.

In the absence of a refund policy by the provider of the trip the following will apply if a student withdraws.

     1. January Trips:

         A. Withdraws before November 15 — 50% of the total trip fee is forfeited.

         B. Withdraws between November 15 and November 31 — 75% of the total trip fee is forfeited.

         C. Withdraws after December 1 until departure — 100% of the total trip fee is forfeited.

     2. Spring Break, May and Summer Trips:

         A. Withdraws before February 15 — 50% of the total trip fee is forfeited.

         B. Withdrawals between February 15 and February 28 —75% of the total trip fee is forfeited.

         C. Withdrawals after March 1 until departure — 100% of the total trip fee is forfeited.

     3. If a student withdraws after the airline tickets are negotiated and/or purchased, no refunds or transfer of tickets can be made.


2013-14 Bulletin 08/13/2013