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Essential Skills Built into Every Course

Bellevue University’s work with corporations around the country reveals that – in addition to job-related knowledge — there are 7 Power Skills that all employers seek. We know these 7 skills are highly valued by homeschoolers as well.

Problem Solving, Decision Making, Judgment, Communication, Self Management, Collaboration, Value Clarification

The introduction, practice and mastery of these skills are built into every Bellevue University general education course listed here.

Online General Education Courses

Available with a Tuition Scholarship exclusively for homeschool students.

General education courses are a requirement for bachelor’s degrees in the United States.

Bellevue University’s Smart Degree™ Homeschool Advantage includes tuition grants on more than 20 general education courses that form the basis of knowledge for your degree. Your student can take one or many of these courses. And, because Bellevue University is a regionally-accreditated university, enrollment in these courses carry college credit and are eligible for federal financial aid.

Additionally, all the courses listed here use online reading and learning materials, so there are no required text books to buy.


American History

This course examines United States history from the colonial period through the first decade of the 21st century. You will learn about the political, economic, and social themes that shaped the United States. This background provides a context for appreciating how the United States grew from a relatively weak and divided agricultural nation into a cohesive military and industrial superpower by the beginning of the 21st century.

Art and Culture

Art plays an important role in how we view and interpret the culture we are in. You don’t have to be an artist to love this course. It is about making connections between artistic elements, their intended audiences, and decision-making.
This course focuses on creativity, the design process, and techniques for creative thinking that lead to innovation and solutions. Students will incorporate creative problem solving methods and design thinking approaches that influence decision making and product development. The ability to think outside the box will be applied to societal impact and professional collaboration.
This course covers social, personal, and professional reflections within the context of selected works of literary significance. Analysis will begin with literary criticism and build to include historical, cultural, and individual considerations in regard to literary works from multiple time periods.


This course is all about understanding others and being understood…Understanding both verbal and non-verbal communication, knowing how to interpret cues based on context, and learning the best way to deliver information to the audiences you want to impact.
The way you write can make all the difference in your ability to be effective. This course focuses on being an effective communicator through critical thinking and enhanced writing skills. Learn the best writing style for the group or person addressed.
Technology can enhance or detract from individual, professional and social communications. This course helps build strong communication skills based on knowledge of your audience, your purpose, and the context of the message. It also shows how to use appropriate technological tools to relate messages properly.


Macro economics covers economics at a global and national level. Macro economists study how a country’s economy works and try to determine the best choices to improve the overall well being of a nation. This is a great background for understanding current news topics like inflation, employment, government taxing and spending and money and banking.
Micro economics covers economics at the individual company or enterprise level. Micro economists manage resources for a company, making decisions about how to use resources, when to invest, and the trade off between resources and costs. This is a good course for those who want a better understanding of how their company makes economic decisions.


This course is an overview of contemporary world history—starting with the 17th century and going up to the present era. You will study the origins of major economic, political, social, cultural, and technological trends and their impact on societies today.


Whether you’re interested in moving up in work or trying to get a handle on your household budget, you need to master math. This course gives you a strong foundation of mathematical skills that you use every day in your personal, business, and social life. You will learn how to use math functions, graphs, charts, and statistics to solve problems and make decisions.
This course focuses on statistical literacy and the process of making evidence based decisions. Students will use statistics and probability for collecting, summarizing, and interpreting data in a variety of contexts. The skill sets learned in the course will be applied across a wide array of disciplines in making informed judgments.
Algebra allows us to formulate real-world problems and analyze solutions using mathematical terms or equations. In this course, students will build a strong foundation in algebraic skills. Assignments will be contextualized to problems encountered in professional and personal life. The use of practical and relevant assignments will provide opportunities for students to apply algebra to making data driven decisions, communicating quantitative information, and evaluating numerical solutions.
This course provides a foundation in critical thinking and logic to equip students with the basic tools of analytical reasoning and how to think effectively. The course focuses on verbal argument, formal logic, reasoning, scientific methodology, and creative thinking. The skills and concepts covered in this course are essential to the practice of every discipline, from the physical sciences to politics, law, and the humanities.


An introduction to the scientific method including measurement, analysis, and reporting of data, you will be able to apply critical thinking to connections between science and everyday life. Topics include relevant issues in science with a focus on renewable and non-renewable sources of energy.
The Physical Science Laboratory course is a 1-credit course that is aligned with the 3-credit Physical Science course. Students will develop skills in analysis, observation, and reporting of data. The course will focus on case studies, labs that can be done in the home, simulations, and branching scenarios.
The Life Science course focuses on key topics necessary for the understanding of wellness, disease, and heredity. Students will learn about the cell, the impact of genetics on diseases, and the vital role of nutrition for a healthy lifestyle. We will explore biological molecules—carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acid—which are essential to life. The study of genetics will elucidate the inheritance of traits and genes responsible for a number of diseases. The course will provide the background knowledge necessary to make good personal decisions regarding health and wellness.
The Life Science Laboratory course is a 1-credit course that is aligned with the 3-credit Life Science course. Students will develop skills in analysis, observation, and reporting of data. The course will focus on case studies, labs that can be done in the home, simulations, and branching scenarios.

Social Science

This course introduces the study of ethics, including the theory of right and wrong behavior, the theory of value, and the theory of virtue and vice. The course will provide familiarity with the primary questions addressed within moral philosophy. Students will explore the thoughts of well-known philosophers and will develop their ability to think critically and analytically about ethical issues. By the end of the course, the student will be able to apply philosophic theory to solve real world problems.
Politics, a term best defined as the distribution, exercise, and consequences of power, exists at multiple levels in our society and in our daily lives. We experience politics in action, for example, in international negotiations, government policy choices, our workplace, and even in our own families. This course focuses its efforts on exploring the formal, public sphere of politics and power relations.
This course is an introduction to human relations in the workplace, the community, and the home. You will study how psychological, social, and cultural processes impact real world issues and concerns. Topics include interviewing skills, the art and science of negotiation, resume building, goal setting, self-discipline, and conflict resolution.
Psychology Across the Lifespan examines the changes that occur as a result of our physical and mental maturation. Topics include broad developmental issues, theories, and research methods applied to physical development, cognition, and personality. Subtopics will be emphasized in each lifespan stage: language acquisition, growth in moral understanding, and how humans approach and understand death.
An introduction to the basic concepts of cultural intelligence and the influence of psychology, religion, and culture to real world issues, this course shows you how to analyze cultural theories within the context of your workplace and your community.

New terms begin on the first day of each month. Terms are 18 weeks in length.

Learn more about enrolling your student in general education courses at Bellevue University.