ACE Courses

Over 700 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 clearly in various ways
  • Sharpen your math abilities
  • Think like a scientist, humanist, social scientist, and artist
  • Expand your horizons in the areas of ethics, diversity, and global awareness
  • Integrate what you've learned and apply that knowledge to develop solutions 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 the ACE learning outcomes. 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 2018 ACE Courses Offered List
Fall 2018 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
8 or 9 PHIL 106 Philosophy and Current Issues
5 or 9 PHIL 218 Philosophy of Feminism (WMNS 218)
5 or 8 PHIL 221 Political Philosophy
5 or 8 PHIL 230 Philosophy of Law
8 PHIL 323 Topics in Applied Ethics
8 or 9 PHIL 325 Advanced Social and Political Philosophy
6 or 8 POLS 100 Power and Politics in America
6 POLS 150 Introduction to Biology, Psychology, and Politics
9 POLS 160 International Relations
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)
4 or 6 POLS 250 Genetics, Brains, and Politics
6 POLS 350 Issues in Biology, Psychology, and Politics
6 or 9 POLS 375 Conflict and Development in Africa (ETHN 275)

Health Related Fields

ACE Course Title
4 CHEM 109 General Chemistry I (Pre-requisite: MATH 103 or higher)
5 ENGL 210I Illness & Health in Literature
9 ETHN 330 Multicultural Education (TEAC 330)
5 HIST 228 History of Medicine in Western Society
4 LIFE 120/L Fundamentals of Biology I
5 or 8 PHIL 213 Medical Ethics
4 or 6 POLS 250 Genetics, Brains & Politics
6 SLPA 230 The Brain and Human Communication
9 WMNS 385 Women, Gender and Science

African American Life

ACE Course Title
5 or 9 ENGL 244 African American Literature since 1865 (ETHN 244)
5 or 9 ENGL 244E African American Literature before 1865 (ETHN 244E)
5 or 9 ENGL 344B Black Women Authors (ETHN 244B; WMNS 244B)
8 or 9 ETHN 200 Introduction to African American Studies
6 or 9 POLS 238 Blacks and the American Political System (ETHN 238)

Civic Engagement

ACE Course Title
4 AGRI 115 Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment
2 COMM 209 Public Speaking
2 COMM 210 Communicating in Small Groups
8 COMM 220 Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement
5 COMM 250 Rhetoric, Media, and Civic Life
8 COMM 375 Theories of Persuasion
1 ENGL 151 Writing and Argument
8 ENGL 275 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
8 or 9 ENGL 376 Rhetoric: Argument and Society
4 GEOL 106 Environmental Geology
4 GEOL 115 The Earth’s Energy Resources
6 NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy
8 or 9 PHIL 106 Philosophy and Current Issues
5 PHIL 220 Elements of Ethics
5 or 8 PHIL 221 Political Philosophy
8 or 9 PHIL 225 Environmental Ethics
8 or 9 PHIL 320 Ethical Theory
8 PHIL 323 Topics in Applied Ethics
6 POLS 230 Elections, Political Parties, and Special Interests
4 or 6 POLS 250 Genetics, Brains, and Politics
9 POLS 333 Immigration and Politics
6 POLS 350 Issues in Biology, Psychology, and Politics
6 PSYC 288 The Psychology of Social Behavior
6 or 9 SOCI 201 Social Problems
3 SOCI 206 Introduction to Social Research II (Pre-requisite: SOCI 205)
8 WMNS 210 Activism and Feminist Communities

Social Justice

ACE Course Title
2 ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership
5 COMM 250 Rhetoric, Media, and Civic Life
1 ENGL 151 Writing and Argument
5 or 8 ENGL 210P Literature of War and Peace
9 ENGL 212 Introduction to LGBTQ Literature (WMNS 212)
5 ENGL 215 Introduction to Women’s Literature (WMNS 215)
5 ENGL 242 Global Literatures since 1850 (GLST 242)
8 ENGL 275 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
8 or 9 ENGL 376 Rhetoric: Argument and Society
9 ETHN 100 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
5 or 9 ETHN 244 African American Literature (ENGL 244)
5 HIST 204 Women and Gender in U.S. History (WMNS 204)
5 HIST 343 American Urban and Social History I
4 NRES 108 Earth’s Natural Resource Systems Laboratory
5 or 9 PHIL 105 Philosophy of Food
8 or 9 PHIL 106 Philosophy and Current Issues
5 or 9 PHIL 218 Philosophy of Feminism (WMNS 218)
5 PHIL 220 Elements of Ethics
8 or 9 PHIL 225 Environmental Ethics
5 or 9 PHIL 230 Philosophy of Law
8 or 9 PHIL 320 Ethical Theory
6 POLS 238 Blacks and the American Political System (ETHN 238)
9 POLS 333 Immigration and Politics (ETHN 333)
9 RELG 108 World Religions
9 RELG 181 Judaism, Christianity and Islam
6 SOCI 201 Social Problems
6 SOCI 217 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (ETHN 217)
8 WMNS 210 Activism and Feminist Communities

Cultural Diversity

ACE Course Title
6 ANTH 212 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ETHN 212)
8 ANTH 352 Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains (ETHN 352)
6 ANTH 362 Peoples and Cultures of Africa (ETHN 362)
2 COMM 101 Communication in the 21st Century
2 COMM 210 Communicating in Small Groups
2 COMM 283 Interpersonal Communication
5 or 9 ENGL Chose from the many ethnic literature courses
9 ENVR 249 Individual & Cultural Perspectives on the Environment (NRES 249)
8 or 9 ETHN 100 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
8 or 9 ETHN 200 Introduction to African American Studies
8 or 9 ETHN 201 Introduction to Native American Studies
4 GEOG 271 Geography of the United States
6 GEOG 361 Urban Geography
9 HIST Chose from many ethnic history courses
7 MUNM 276G The Music Experience
7 or 9 MUNM 280 World Music
3 PHIL 211 Introduction to Modern Logic
5 or 9 PHIL 218 Philosophy of Feminism (WMNS 218)
5 or 9 PHIL 265 Philosophy of Religion
5 PHIL 345 Modern Jewish Philosophy (JUDS 345)
9 POLS 160 International Relations (GLST 160)
6 or 9 POLS 238 Blacks and the American Political System (ETHN 238)
4 POLS 250 Genetics, Brains, and Politics
9 PSYC 330 Psychology of Diversity
3 SOCI 206 Introduction to Social Research II (Pre-requisite: SOCI 205)
6 SOCI 217 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity (ETHN 217)
9 TEAC 330 Multicultural Education (ETHN 330)

Environment/Sustainability

ACE Course Title
8 ALEC 125 Land, Food and People
8 ARCH 107 Sustainability Basics and the Build Environment
5 ENGL 317 Literature and the Environment
9 ENSC 110 Energy in Perspective
8 ENVR 201 Science, Systems, Environment and Sustainability
9 ENVR 249 Individual and Cultural Perspectives on the Environment (NRES 249)
9 GEOG 181 Quality of the Environment
4 GEOL 106 Environmental Geology
4 GEOL 115 The Earth’s Energy Resources
7 or 9 HORT 200 Landscape and Environmental Appreciation (GEOG 200, LARC 200)
4 METR 180 Environment, Energy, and Climate Change
9 NRES 104 Climate in Crisis
4 NRES 108 Earth’s Natural Resource Systems Laboratory
5 or 6 NRES 289 People and the land: Human Environmental Interactions on the Great Plains (GEOG 289)
2 NRES 301 Environmental Communication Skills (Pre-requisite: Take ACE 1 course first)
6 NRES 323 Natural Resources Policy
5 or 8 PHIL 105 Philosophy of Food
8 or 9 PHIL 225 Environmental Ethics
8 PSYC 334 Psychology of Environmental Sustainability (ENVR 334)

The Past

ACE Course Title
7 AHIS 101 Cave Paintings to Cathedrals
7 AHIS 102 Renaissance to Modern Art
6 ANTH 110 Introduction to Anthropology
6 ANTH 130 Anthropology of the Great Plains
6 ANTH 212 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ETHN 212)
4 ANTH 232 Introduction to Archaeology
4 ANTH 242 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
9 ANTH 252 World Archaeology, Global Heritage (CLAS 252)
8 ANTH 352 Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains (ETHN 352)
5 CLAS 111 Disasters and Triumphs in Greece before History
5 ENGL 260 American Literature before 1865
4 GEOL 103 Evolution of the Earth
4 GEOL 105 Fossils and the History of Life
5 HIST 130 Premodern Europe
5 HIST 209 Ancient Greece (CLAS 209)
5 HIST 210 Ancient Rome (CLAS 210)
5 HIST 211 History of the Middle Ages (MRST 211)
8 HIST 243 Early America to 1800
5 PHIL 231 History of Philosophy (Ancient)
5 PHIL 336 Ethics: Ancient and Medieval
5 PHIL 337 Knowledge: Ancient and Medieval
5 PHIL 338 Metaphysics: Ancient and Medieval

Nutrition and Health

ACE Course Title
4 AGRI 115 Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment
6 ALEC 108 Food in Society
8 ALEC 125 Land, Food and People
5 ENGL 210I Illness & Health in Literature
4 FDST 131 The Science of Food (CHEM 131, NUTR 131)
5 GERO 200 Introduction to Gerontology
9 NUTR 253 Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition (Prerequisite: NUTR 100 or 250)
5 or 8 PHIL 105 Philosophy of Food
5 or 8 PHIL 213 Medical Ethics
6 SLPA 230 The Brain and Human Communication

Home and Family

ACE Course Title
2 COMM 210 Communicating in Small Groups
2 COMM 283 Interpersonal Communication
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
5 ENGL 216 Children’s Literature
4 FDST 131 The Science of Food
6 FINA 260 Personal Finance
6 GERO 200 Introduction to Gerontology
5 HIST 249 History of the American Family
7 HORT 200 Landscape and Environmental Appreciation
7 HORT 261 Floral Design I
9 NUTR 253 Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition (Pre-requisite: NUTR 100 or 250)
5 or 9 PHIL 218 Philosophy of Feminism (WMNS 218)
7 PHOT 161 Photography for Non-majors
6 or 9 SOCI 226 Families and Society
9 TEAC 330 Multicultural Education (ETHN 330)
9 TMFD 123 Clothing and Society: You Are What You Wear
4 TMFD 206 Textiles

Sports

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

Travel

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

American Travel

ACE Course Title
8 BIOS 232 Ecological Issues in the Great Plains
5 ENGL 260 American Literature before 1865
5 ENGL 261 American Literature since 1865
4 GEOG 271 Geography of the United States
6 GEOG 361 Urban Geography
4 GEOL 120 Geology of National Parks and Monuments
5 HIST 110 American History to 1877
5 HIST 111 American History After 1877
7 or 9 HORT 200 Landscape and Environmental Appreciation (GEOG 200, LARC 200)
7 MUNM 387 History of American Jazz
6 NRES 289 People and the Land: Human Environmental Interactions on the Great Plains (GEOG 289)
7 PHOT 161 Photography for Non-majors

Science and Technology

ACE Course Title
4 AGRI 115 Biotechnology: Food, Health and Environment
9 ENSC 110 Energy in Perspective
8 ENVR Science, Systems, Environment and Sustainability
4 FDST 131 The Science of Food (CHEM 131, NUTR 131)
4 or 9 GEOL 125 Frontiers in Antarctic Geosciences
5 HIST 221 Science in History
5 HIST 228 History of Medicine in Western Society
5 HIST 277 Being Human in a Digital Age (ENGL 277)
5 or 8 PHIL 213 Medical Ethics
4 or 6 POLS 250 Genetics, Brains, and Politics
4 PSYC 273 Brain & Behavior
6 SLPA 230 The Brain and Human Communication

Business

ACE Course Title
6 AECN 141 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture
9 AECN 346 World Food Economics
1 BSAD 220 Business Writing
2 COMM 286 Business and Professional Communication
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 (MNGT 121)
1 JGEN 120 Basic Business Communication
1 JGEN 200 Technical Communication I
3 MATH 104 Applied Calculus
3 MATH 106 Calculus I
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.