General Education Courses

Division of Arts and 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. 

A direct path to your goals

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

Show course with description

Please check the catalog config for correct path (OR) see if proper course numbers are authored

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

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

Ready to take the next step?

We’ve decided to waive all application fees until further notice. We'll connect you with an enrollment specialist trained in your area of interest who can assist you with any questions you may have.