ACE Courses

Over 650 courses have been certified for the ACE Student Learning Outcomes and courses are continuously being submitted by faculty for ACE certification. These courses will help prepare you to become a leader in your field by giving you a breadth of knowledge and skills. You will take ACE courses in many disciplines, equipping you to address the complex problems you will face in the future. Employers seek to hire applicants with these skills; graduate schools admit students who demonstrate these abilities.

By taking ACE courses you will learn to :

  • Write better and communicate more cleary in various ways
  • Sharpen your math abilites
  • Think like a scientist, humanist, social scientist, and artist
  • Expand your horizons in the areas of ethics, diversity, and global awareness
  • Integreate what you've learned and apply that knowlege to develop solutionts to new problems

Connecting ACE and Career Success

Faculty identified the ACE areas based in part on demands they heard from employers and graduate schools who sought candidates who can demonstrate these capabilities. The result was a cutting edge general education program that has been a model for several other institutions.

Employers hire students who can demonstrate these abilities and skills. The Association of American Colleges and Universities published results of a survey (2015) that demonstrates the importance of general education courses as a foundation for career success. More than 400 employers responded to the survey offering substantial reasons why students need to take general education courses and what they look for in candidates they hire.

As you look through the employer priorities, Employer Priorities for Most Important College Learning Outcomes, note how similar these are to ACE learning outcomes listed in the next section. This 2015 report offers evidence that the students who are competent in the ACE areas gain a solid foundation for learning that is relevant.

All ACE-Certified Courses

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Current Semester ACE Offerings

ACE courses offered in the current or upcoming terms.

Summer 2016 ACE Courses Offered List

Fall 2016 ACE Courses Offered List

ACE Courses by Interest Area

To show you how you can make the most of ACE, we’ve created suggestions of courses around several themes. But you’re not limited to these areas. You can pursue your own interests.

Check out these ideas of courses to meet ACE requirements or electives that are available to all students, grouped by interest themes. Your advisor may be able to suggest other ACE courses related to your interests.

Politics

ACE Course Title
4 or 6 POLS 250 Genetics, Behavior and Politics
5 PHIL 221 Political Philosophy
6 or 8 POLS 100 Power and Politics in America
6 or 9 POLS 150 Introduction to Biology, Psychology, and Politics
6 POLS 227 The Presidency
6 POLS 230 Elections, Political Parties, and Special Interests
6 or 9 POLS 238 Blacks and the American Political System (ETHN 238)
6 POLS 350 Issues in Biology, Psychology, and Politics
6 or 9 POLS 375 Conflict and Development in Africa (ETHN 275)
9 POLS 160 International Relations

Health Related Fields

ACE Course Title
3 MATH 106B Calculus I for Biology and Medicine (Pre-requisite: Placement or MATH 101/102 or 103)
4 LIFE 120/L Fundamentals of Biology I
4 CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (Pre-requisite: MATH 103 or higher)
5 ENGL 210I Illness & Health in Literature
5 HIST 228 History of Medicine in Western Society
6 POLS 251 Genetics, Behavior & Politics
6 SLPA 230 The Brain and Human Communication
8 or 5 PHIL 213 Medical Ethics
9 ETHN 330 Multicultural Education
9 WMNS 385 Women, Gender and Science

African American Life

ACE Course Title
5 or 9 ENGL 244 African American Literature (ETHN 244)
5 or 9 ENGL 344B Black Women Authors (ETHN 244B; WMNS 244B)
5 or 9 ENGL 244E Early African American Literature (ETHN 244E)
6 or 9 POLS 238 Blacks and the American Political System (ETHN 238)
9 ETHN 200 Introduction to African American Studies

Civic Engagement

ACE Course Title
1 ENGL 151 Writing: Rhetoric as Argument
2 COMM 209 Public Speaking
2 COMM 210 Small Group Problem Solving
3 STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics
3 SOCI 206 Introduction to Social Research II (Pre-requisite: SOCI 205)
4 AGRI 115 Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment
4 GEOL 106 Environmental Geology
4 GEOL 115 The Earth’s Energy Resources
4 or 6 POLS 250 Genetics, Behavior and Politics
5 COMM 250 Rhetoric, Media, and Civic Life
5 PHIL 220 Elements of Ethics
5 or 8 PHIL 221 Political Philosophy
6 NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy
6 POLS 230 Elections, Political Parties, and Special Interests
6 POLS 350 Issues in Biology, Psychology, and Politics
6 PSYC 288 The Psychology of Social Behavior
8 COMM 220 Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement
8 COMM 375 Theories of Persuasion
8 ENGL 275 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
8 WMNS 210 Activism and Feminist Communities
8 or 9 ENGL 376 Rhetoric: Argument and Society
9 POLS 333 Immigration and Politics
9 or 6 SOCI 201 Social Problems

Social Justice

ACE Course Title
1 ENGL 151 Writing: Rhetoric as Argument
2 ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
3 STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics
4 NRES 108 Earth’s Natural Resource Systems Laboratory
5 COMM 250 Rhetoric, Media, and Civic Life
5 ENGL 215 Introduction to Women’s Literature
5 ENGL 242 Global Literatures since 1850
5 or 9 ETHN 244 African American Literature
5 HIST 204 Women and Gender in U.S. History
5 HIST 343 American Urban and Social History 1
5 PHIL 220 Elements of Ethics
6 POLS 238 Blacks and the American Political System
6 SOCI 201 Social Problems
6 SOCI 217 Nationality and Race Relations
8 or 5 ENGL 210P Literature of War and Peace
8 ENGL 275 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
8 or 9 ENGL 376 Rhetoric: Argument and Society
8 WMNS 210 Activism and Feminist Communities
9 ENGL 212 Introduction to Lesbian and Gay Literature
9 ETHN 100 Freshmen Seminar – The Minority Experience
9 POLS 333 Immigration and Politics
9 RELG 108 World Religions
9 RELG 181 Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Cultural Diversity

ACE Course Title
2 COMM 101 Communication in the 21st Century
2 COMM 210 Small Group Problem Solving
2 COMM 283 Interpersonal Communication
3 PHIL 211 Introduction to Modern Logic
3 SOCI 206 Introduction to Social Research II (Pre-requisite: SOCI 205)
3 STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics
4 GEOG 271 Geography of the United States
4 POLS 250 Genetics, Behavior and Politics
5 or 9 ENGL 244 African American Literature
5 or 9 ENGL 245 Introduction to Asian American Literature & Culture
5 or 9 ENGL Chose from the many ethnic literature courses
6 ANTH 212 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
6 ANTH 362 Peoples and Cultures of Africa
6 GEOG 361 Urban Geography
6 or 9 POLS 238 Blacks and the American Political System
6 SOCI 217 Nationality and Race Relations
7 MUNM 276G The Music Experience
7 or 9 MUNM 280 World Music
8 ANTH 352 Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains
8 or 9 ETHN 100 Freshmen Seminar – The Minority Experience
8 or 9 ETHN 200 Introduction to African American Studies
8 or 9 ETHN 201 Introduction to Native American Studies
9 ENVR 249 Individual & Cultural Perspectives on the Environment
9 HIST 171 Latin American Culture and Civilization
9 HIST 181 Introduction to East Asian Civilization
9 HIST 241 Native American History
9 HIST Chose from many ethnic history courses
9 POLS 160 International Relations
9 PSYC 330 Psychology of Diversity
9 TEAC 330 Multicultural Education

Environment/Sustainability

ACE Course Title
2 NRES 260 Environmental Communication Skills (Pre-requisite: Take ACE 1 course first)
4 GEOL 106 Environmental Geology
4 GEOL 115 The Earth’s Energy Resources
4 METR 180 Environment, Energy, and Climate Change
4 NRES 108 Earth’s Natural Resource Systems Laboratory
5 ENGL 317 Literature and the Environment
5 or 6 NRES 289 People and the land: Human Environmental Interactions on the Great Plains (GEOG 289)
6 NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy
7 or 9 HORT 200 Landscape and Environmental Appreciation
8 ALEC 125 Land, Food and People
8 ARCH 107 Sustainability Basics and the Build Environment
8 ENVR 201 Science, Systems, Environment and Sustainability
8 or 9 PHIL 225 Environmental Ethics
8 PSYC 334 Psychology of Environmental Sustainability
9 ENSC 110 Energy in Perspective
9 ENVR 249 Individual and Cultural Perspectives on the Environment
9 GEOG 181 Quality of the Environment
9 NRES 104 Climate in Crisis

The Past

ACE Course Title
4 ANTH 232 Introduction to Prehistory
4 ANTH 242 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
4 GEOL 103 Historical Geology
4 GEOL 105 Dinosaurs and the History of Life
5 CLAS 111 Disasters and Triumphs in Greece before History
5 ENGL 260 Introduction to Early American Literature
5 HIST 130 Western Civilization to 1715
5 HIST 209 Ancient Greece
5 HIST 210 Ancient Rome
5 HIST 211 History of the Middle Ages
6 ANTH 110 Introduction to Anthropology
6 ANTH 130 Anthropology of the Great Plains
6 ANTH 212 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
7 AHIS 101 Introduction to Art History and Criticism I
7 AHIS 102 Introduction to Art History and Criticism II
8 ANTH 352 Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains
8 HIST 243 Early America to 1800
9 ANTH 252 Archaeology of World Civilizations

Nutrition and Health

ACE Course Title
3 STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics
4 AGRI 115 Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment
4 FDST 131 The Science of Food
5 ENGL 210I Illness & Health in Literature
5 GERO 200 Introduction to Gerontology
6 ALEC 108 Food in Society
6 SLPA 230 The Brain and Human Communication
8 ALEC 125 Land, Food and People
8 or 5 PHIL 213 Medical Ethics
9 NUTR 253 Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition (Pre-requisite: NUTR 100 or 250)

Home and Family

ACE Course Title
2 COMM 210 Small Group Problem Solving
2 COMM 283 Interpersonal Communication
4 FDST 131 The Science of Food
4 TMFD 206 Textiles
5 ENGL 216 Children’s Literature
5 HIST 249 History of the American Family
6 COMM 370 Family Communication
6 CYAF 160 Human Development and the Family
6 CYAF 222 Introduction to Family Finance
6 CYAF 280 Family Science
6 FINA 260 Personal Finance
6 GERO 200 Introduction to Gerontology
6 SOCI 225 Marriage and the Family
7 HORT 200 Landscape and Environmental Appreciation
7 HORT 261 Floral Design I
7 PHOT 161 Beginning Photography I
9 ETHN 330 Multicultural Education
9 NUTR 253 Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition (Pre-requisite: NUTR 100 or 250)
9 SOCI 225 Marriage and the Family
9 TXCD 123 Clothing and Human Behavior

Sports

ACE Course Title
4 FDST 131 The Science of Food
5 CLAS 241 Ancient Greek Athletics
5 HIST 222 History of Sport
6 SLPA 230 The Brain and Human Communication
6 or 7 MUNM 301 Music and Sports: Performance and Perception

Travel

ACE Course Title
4 GEOG 271 Geography of the United States
4 GEOL 109 Oceanography
4 GEOL 120 Geology of National Parks and Monuments
4 or 9 GEOL 125 Frontiers in Antarctic Geosciences
4 METR 100 Weather and Climate
5 ENGL 231 English Authors after 1800
5 or 9 ENGL 245A Introduction to Asian American Literature & Culture
5 or 9 ENGL 344D African-Caribbean Literature
5 HIST 209 Ancient Greece
5 HIST 210 Ancient Rome
5 HIST 231 History of England: Stonehenge through the Glorious Revolution
5 HIST 262 Russia: The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
6 ANTH 362 Peoples and Cultures of Africa
6 GEOG 361 Urban Geography
7 AHIS 101 Cave Paintings to Cathedrals
7 AHIS 102 Renaissance to Modern Art
7 or 9 MUNM 280 World Music
7 PHOT 161 Beginning Photography I
9 ENGL 346 Cuban-American Literature
9 GEOG 272 Geography of World Regions
9 GEOG 378 Geography of Latin America
9 GEOG 380 Geography of Africa

American Travel

ACE Course Title
4 GEOG 271 Geography of the United States
4 GEOL 120 Geology of National Parks and Monuments
5 ENGL 260 Introduction to Early American Literature
5 ENGL 261 Introduction to Late American Literature
5 HIST 110 American History to 1877
5 HIST 111 American History After 1877
6 GEOG 361 Urban Geography
6 NRES 289 People and the Land: Human Environmental Interactions on the Great Plains (GEOG 289)
7 MUNM 387 History of American Jazz
7 PHOT 161 Beginning Photography I
8 BIOS 232 Ecological Issues in the Great Plains
9 or 7 HORT 200 Landscape and Environmental Appreciation (GEOG 200, LARC 200)

Science and Technology

ACE Course Title
4 AGRI 115 Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment
4 FDST 131 The Science of Food
4 PSYC 273 Brain & Behavior
5 HIST 277 Being Human in a Digital Age
5 HIST 221 Science in History
5 HIST 228 History of Medicine in Western Society
6 or 4 POLS 250 Genetics, Behavior and Politics
6 SLPA 230 The Brain and Human Communication
8 ENVR 201 Science, Systems, Environment and Sustainability
9 ENSC 110 Energy in Perspective
9 or 4 GEOL 125 Frontiers in Antarctic Geosciences

Business

ACE Course Title
1 JGEN 120 Basic Business Communication
1 JGEN 200 Technical Communication 1
1 BSAD 200 Business Writing
2 COMM 286 Business and Professional Communication
3 MATH 104 Calculus for Managerial and Social Sciences
3 MATH 106 Calculus 1
6 AECN 141 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture
6 CYAF 222 Introduction to Family Finance
6 or 8 ECON 200 Economic Essentials and Issues
6 or 8 ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics
6 or 8 ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics
6 ENTR 121 Introduction to Entrepreneurial Management
9 AECN 346 World Food Economics
9 POLS 160 International Relations

Transfer Credit

When a course from another institution is established as equivalent to a UNL course through articulation or equivalency agreements, then that course will fulfill the same ACE outcome as the equivalent ACE-certified UNL course.

In cases where no articulation or equivalency agreement exists, the transferring course may be counted for that student as ACE-equivalent.