Concordia Common Experience Requirements

All undergraduate baccalaureate degrees require the following general education curriculum, known as The Concordia Common Experience curriculum. The Concordia Common Experience curriculum complies with both regional and state accreditation standards for general education and is required of all Concordia University Texas (CTX) baccalaureate degrees regardless of delivery (i.e., traditional, accelerated and online).


  • Exposure to a range of academic disciplines central to liberal education
  • Development of foundational academic skills
  • Exploration and formation of personal identity
  • Learning through application and experience

Summary of Requirements

Students are required to complete 42-44 credit hours in courses certified to meet The Concordia Common Experience curriculum goals, including:

  • 9-10 credit hours in the Concordia Distinctive
  • 18-19 credit hours across six Liberal Arts disciplines and
  • 15 credit hours of Foundations coursework.

Concordia Distinctive required of all CTX students

  • LDR 1100 Life Leadership
  • LDR 2201 Leadership Theory and Practice or
  • LDR 3301 Peer Leadership
  • REL 1301 New Testament History and Reading
  • REL 1311 History and Literature of the Old Testament

Concordia Common Experience: Liberal Arts

The Concordia Common Experience curriculum Liberal Arts course sequence (18-19 hours) introduces students to a variety of disciplines offering diverse perspectives on the world around us. The following are required of all CTX students.

  • Behavioral Sciences (ANT 1301, PSY 1311, OR SOC 1301)
  • Political Science (POLS 1303)
  • English Literature (ENG 1317)
  • Fine Arts (any MUS, ART, or THEA)
  • History (HIS 1301 or HIS 1302)
  • Natural Science with Lab (BIO, CHE, ESC, PHY, OR SCI)

Common Experience: Foundational Competencies

The Concordia Common Experience curriculum Foundational Competencies require 15 credit hours of designated courses that develop foundational academic skills.

  • Written Communication (ENG 1316)
  • Verbal Communication (COM 1300 or HON 3336)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (any MTH college level or higher)
  • Technology (CIS 1300, BADM 3371, CIS 2304, COM 2314, NUR 3585, NUR 3485, OR EDU 3323)
  • Wellness (KIN 1301, NUR 3435, NUR 3535, any KIN activity, including collegiate sports)

Experiential Learning Graduation Component

The experiential learning component is designed to support students personal and academic growth by direct engagement with the community. Each student must complete one or more of the following options totaling three credit hours or more.

  • Internship course (30+ hours)
  • Practicum course (30+ hours)
  • Travel course (4+ days)
  • Semester abroad* (10+ weeks)
  • Approved experience-based course (such as SOC 1301)
  • SVL x1xx: Service learning field Experience course attached to course of students choice (coordinated through student advisor and course instructor)
  • Comparable documented service learning (coordinated through student advisor, student must petition for this in advance to count in place of one of the courses listed above)

*for the purpose of Experiential Learning credit, abroad is defined as anywhere outside the continental United States including Hawaii, Alaska, and all United States territories.