Individual General Education Courses

Division of Arts & Sciences

Apply your coursework to everyday life and work by taking general-education courses that support your field of study. Improve professional practice through action, reflection, and adaption. 

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Take individual courses to help you meet your educational and professional goals.

Develop knowledge and skills in four major areas: communications, humanities, natural science and mathematics, and social science.

Within these areas, our general-education courses integrate a broad-based curriculum with focused academic requirements that complement your career aspirations and help enhance your personal effectiveness. Division of Arts and Sciences general-education courses reflect these outcomes: 


Develop the skills necessary to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of written, verbal, and visual formats using appropriate tone for the intended audience.

Integrative learning

Make connections using multidisciplinary and multi-contextual lenses to address complex ideas and questions.

lntercultural competence

Demonstrate the ability to engage effectively in a diverse society.


Capella learners will develop an understanding of the ethical dimensions of your personal and professional lives, making sound decisions and taking appropriate actions with an awareness of the rights and well-being of others. 

Social responsibility

Make personal and professional decisions with respect for human diversity, as well as being socially responsible citizens. 

Problem solving

Understand how to develop solutions to complex problems. 

Critical thinking

Develop the thinking skills necessary to critically evaluate information, integrate differing points of view, and develop a process of reasoning. 

Creative thinking

Develop the thinking skills necessary to analyze a problem from a new perspective to come to innovative solutions. 

Quantitative reasoning

Apply basic mathematical skills to interpret quantitative information in a real-world context.

Scientific and evidence-based inquiry

Use research and empirical evidence to further develop questions and propose explanations to problems or scenarios. 

Information literacy

Approach lifelong learning with the ability to locate, analyze, and use knowledge and resources appropriately. 

Popular general-education courses

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Learners analyze major philosophical approaches to evaluating moral actions and apply them to contemporary issues. Learners assess their own moral beliefs and the ways these beliefs influence and inform their moral judgments and behavior.

6 quarter credits
Intercultural Communication

Learners in this course demonstrate and apply knowledge of cultural differences associated with values, norms, social interaction, and code systems. Learners also analyze the effects those differences have on inter- and cross-cultural communication.

6 quarter credits
College Algebra

Learners in this course evaluate and perform linear, exponential, logarithmic, and other mathematical functions that include algebraic, graphic, and numeric properties. Learners then apply these concepts to the social and natural sciences, business, and everyday life.

6 quarter credits
Conflict Resolution

In this course, learners identify and analyze the factors that promote conflict and apply the fundamental skills and tools used to resolve conflict in personal and professional situations.

6 quarter credits
Human Biology

In this course, learners examine the integrative relationship between human biological systems and the social sciences, arts, and communications. Learners build and apply an understanding of topics such as human anatomy, nature versus nurture, biological psychology, human disease, and concepts related to ancestry and biology. Learners also evaluate the accuracy of biological topics in the media. This course includes a lab experience.

6 quarter credits

All Division of Arts and Sciences individual courses* are offered online and available for degree-seeking and nondegree-seeking students.

*See the Capella University Catalog for the full course description for your course.

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