The General Education Program at Watkins serves a fundamental and foundational role in the institution’s pursuit of its mission. Specific required and elective courses in communications, humanities, and the sciences enable students to progress comprehensively through the curriculum, entering the advanced courses in their major programs as critical, analytical thinkers able to understand and solve problems. These students will have also developed a perspective relative to those problems in their historical, cultural, and physical context, and they will be able to express their thinking about those problems as effective writers and speakers. Other specific required and elective courses in General Education provide a fundamental Visual Arts Core curriculum that, taken together, insures that students understand and are proficient in the basic principles and applications that form the necessary foundation for students to succeed in their major programs as artists, designers, photographers, or filmmakers.

Each course in General Education is designed to focus specific learning objectives to meet the goals outlined above. Similar and complementary learning objectives are also found within all courses offered in the academic major programs. The learning relationship between General Education and the academic major programs is direct, significant, and critical to the institution’s commitment to its mission. All degree-seeking students at Watkins, regardless of their academic major, must successfully complete the General Education program. Watkins will accept appropriate transfer credit for courses in General Education.

General Education
Total credit hours: 60

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General Education Core Requirements 30
ANT 101 Anthropology 3
ART 101 Art History Survey I 3
ART 102 Art History Survey II 3
COM 220 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
HIS 101 History of World Civilization I 3
HIS 102 History of World Civilization II 3
MAT 101 Mathematics for Visual Arts 3
Science Requirement (choose one below)
SCI 310 History of Scientific Thought 3
SCI 315 Biology in the Visual Arts 3


*Some of these courses may be required by a student’s major.


Elective courses offered in other departments, which can be applicable to general education elective requirements, are listed below.

*Some of these courses may be required by a student’s major.


Cary Beth Miller (2008) – Director of General Education and the BA Program – BA English (1997) University of Tennessee; MA English (2005) Tennessee State University

Tom Williams (2011)— Assistant Professor of Art History — BA Art History (1997) University of West Florida; MA Art History (2000) State University of New York, Stony Brook; PhD Art History (2008) State University of New York, Stony Brook


Doug Hoekstra (2007)—BA English (1993) DePaul University; MEd English (2001) Belmont University

Amanda Smith – MA in History, Middle Tennessee State University