General Education Pillars



Typically taken during your first and second years, these courses are part of your degree beyond your specialized area or major.

Almost every four-year college or university has general education requirements that students must meet in order to graduate. These courses are not always related to your major, but provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge across multiple disciplines and subject areas. At Coker, we want you to explore what it means to be a critical thinker and an engaged citizen, and to do so our general education is based on the Student Covenant or The Pillars.



Integrity, Respect, Scholarship, Sustainability, Service, and Contribution.

Coker’s student covenant is an agreement among the campus community to dedicate ourselves to scholarship and community engagement. As the guiding principle of our general education, the covenant principles (or Pillars) encourage lifelong learning, personal growth, and service to others. By incorporating the Pillars into your general education, you have the opportunity to develop skills toward becoming a flexible employee, an engaged citizen, and a lifelong learner.

Please note…

A maximum of one course taken to fulfill the General Education Pillars requirement may also be counted towards your major. Any courses taken to fulfill the General Education Pillars requirement may also be counted towards a second major/minor/specialization.

In addition to the Covenant Pillars, Coker’s general education program also includes:
*Foundational prerequisites (English and Math) – placement exemption available.  
*Intellectual foundation – essential skill areas required for lifelong learning such as English, Math, Public Speaking, and a foreign language.
*College Success Courses – building pragmatic skills for navigating Coker University 

Download your General Education Pillars program guide


You’ll pick two Pillars and take three classes from each, but consult with your advisor so to align your Pillars with your major.

Choose two Pillars (one from the Integrated Knowledge area and one from Engaged Learning area) and complete three courses within each chosen pillar (a total of six).  Within your two chosen pillars, take at least one course in each of the following knowledge areas: Arts, Behavioral Science, Humanities, and Science.

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