General Education Short Certificate

Southern Union State Community College offers a short-term General Education Certificate designed to assist students in developing an academic foundation for the Associate in Science Degree or transfer to a four-year college or university before degree attainment.

The certificate provides an opportunity for students to enter the workforce immediately with improved or acquired written and oral communication skills, critical thinking, cultural and social understanding., and overall knowledge in order to be more competitive in the  workforce. The short-term certificate signifies the student has earned 29 hours of general education requirements.

This certificate may be earned fully online by completing the options available in each area that are taught online.

General Education Short Certificate

Area I: CR
  Written Composition I and II 6
     ENG 101 and ENG 102 (A minimum grade of '"C" is required.)  
Area II: CR
  Humanities and Fine Arts 6-9
  *Core Humanities and Fine Arts include: Art Appreciation, Music Appreciation, Theater Appreciation,  Literature, Speech,  Philosophy or Ethics, Religious Studies, Humanities, and Foreign Languages.

 ART 100, MUS 101, THR 120, ENG 251, ENG 252, ENG 271, ENG 272, SPH 106, SPH 107,  IDS 102, REL 151, REL 152, SPA 101, SPA 102, GRN 101, GRN 102. 

Area III:     CR
  Natural Science and Mathematics   6-8      

Minimum level math:  Precalculus Algebra (MTH 112) or Finite Math (MTH 110) level or higher.

**Core Disciplines in the Natural Sciences include astronomy, biological sciences, chemistry, geology, physics, physical science and earth science.

     AST 220, BIO 101*, 102, or BIO 103*, 104, CHM 104*, 111*, 112,   
     PHS 111, 112, PHY 201, 202, OR PHY 213, 214  
  *Note: BIO 101 and BIO 103 can not be taken together to fulfill the science requirements of Area III.   CHM 104 and CHM 111 may not be taken together to fulfill the science requirements of Area III.  
Area  IV: CR
  History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences 6 - 9
  ***Core History, Social and Behavioral Sciences include: Economics,
Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
  HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 201, HIS 202, ECO 231, ECO 232, GEO 100, POL 211, PSY 200, PSY 210, or SOC 200  
Area V: CR
  Electives (ORI 101 is required - 1 cr hr) 1-3
  Hours required 29


Example: General Education Short-Term Certificate Curriculum Map 

First Semester

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 101  English Composition I 3

MTH 110

MTH 112

Finite Math

Precalculus Algebra




PSY 200 General Psychology 3
Humanities ART 100, MUS 101, HUM 101, THR 120. etc. 3
ORI 101 Orientation 1
  Total 13 hours

Second Semester

ENG 102          English Composition II
BIO 103 Principles of Biology 4
HIS 101 History of Western Civilization 3
SOC 200 Sociology 3

SPH 106


SPH 107

Fundamentals of Oral Communication


Fundamentals of Public Speaking




  Total 16 hours