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The program of General Studies comprises those learning experiences
common to all students at Dallas Baptist University. They are
completed for the most part in the student’s first year
and sophomore years.
The General Studies requirements are designed
to develop the basic understanding and skills needed by broadly
educated men and women in a democratic society. They involve
a concern for the student’s intellectual, spiritual,
emotional, and physical growth and foster the following core competencies: reading comprehension; logic/critical thinking/deductive reasoning; written/oral communication; computer/technology skills; Christian worldview/integration of faith and learning; citizenship; integrated service-learning; physical/emotional wellness; and information literacy.
These courses are listed at the 1000 and 2000
level except in the Religion Department. If a student’s
degree plan requires more than six hours of religion, then
upper-level religion classes will be allowed to satisfy this
General Studies requirement.
The following chart outlines the specific
General Studies requirements for
each of DBU’s bachelor’s
degrees. All requirements are to be met from 1000 and 2000
level courses with the possible exception of religion.
Students must also complete the required number of Chapel
attendances. Each discipline may specify the courses listed
within the discipline that may be used to satisfy the
General Studies requirements. Students should carefully
study the General Studies requirements for the degree
they plan to pursue. Students interested in pursuing teacher
certification should refer to the College of Education
section of this catalog for specific General Studies requirements.
The following are suggested
plans for fulfilling the General
Studies Requirements for each degree offered.
Field of Study
Students select a primary field of study in which they concentrate
the larger portion of the learning experience during the junior
and senior year. The requirements for a major in each academic
field are outlined in the Academic Programs section of this
catalog. Within their major, students complete a sequence
of at least 24 required credit hours of which 12 credit hours
must be upper level. Requirements vary with the major selected. A minimum 2.0 grade point average or above must be earned in the major field of study. DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.
Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University
DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours).
Dallas Baptist University offers a variety
of disciplines in which students may major. Additional disciplines
are offered to support these various majors. Majors leading
to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor
of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science,
or Bachelor of Music degrees include:
Majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts
and Sciences or Bachelor of Business Studies
degree include, but are not limited to the following:
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The Optional Academic
A student’s program of study must include courses in General Studies and the academic major, and may also include electives and an optional minor. A student may minor in any department of the University that offers the required number and level of courses. A carefully chosen minor provides substantial grounding in a field other than that of the student’s major and adds breadth and depth to the educational experience.
The number of hours required for a minor at
Dallas Baptist University will be no less than 15 credit hours
in one subject matter area. Of the 15 total required hours, there must be
a minimum of 9 hours distinctive to the minor, separate and
apart from general studies and major core hours. A minimum GPA of 2.0 or above must be earned in the minor field of study. At least 6 upper level hours in the minor program must be completed at Dallas Baptist University. The amount
of upper-level credit hours is determined by the appropriate
college. Several minor programs require additional hours and specific course work
(refer to the Academic Programs section of this catalog).
(For specific information, refer to the college offering the minor program.) The student should consult his/her advisor regarding
declaration of a minor. DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours).
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Students may have the opportunity for intensive study within
their majors or minors. A concentration generally requires
a minimum of 12 credit hours, although requirements vary with
the concentration selected.
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Maximum Hours in
It is recommended that credit toward graduation be given for
no more than 42 credit hours in the major field of study or
any one discipline in the B.A. or B.S. degrees.
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A student may secure a degree with a double major by fulfilling
all course requirements as stated in this catalog for both
majors. If both majors share common course requirements, there
must be a minimum of 18 hours distinctive to the second major,
separate and apart from the first major. (The student must
determine which is to be the first major and which is to be
the second major.) Nine of the 18 hours must be upper-level
and nine of the 18 must be in residence. A minimum of
12 hours of residency is required in any major. A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be achieved in both majors. DBU requires a minimum cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0 (comprised of transfer and DBU hours).
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