WSC Program Requirements

 

About the Requirements

 

 

 

 

 

Downloads

 

 

Download the General Education Program Booklet (2008-2009).

 

Please Note:

Students can apply no more than two General Education courses toward a non-teaching major.

Several majors and/or endorsements require course work of higher level or designated course number to meet specific General Education requirements. Refer to specific program descriptions in the college catalog for identification of these courses. Consult your advisor for specific general education requirements for your major.

 

 

 

BLOCK 1 - 6 Hours

 

COMMUNICATION: 6 Hours

Effective communication skills are foundational to success in all academic disciplines and, more broadly, to effective participation in contemporary society. Communication courses provide essential instruction and practice in developing writing, speaking, reading, listening and critical thinking skills.

 

Learning Objectives Course Options

Students must take the two listed courses:

 

 

 

BLOCK 2 - Minimum of 11 Hours

 

MATHEMATICS: 3 Hours Minimum

The mathematical sciences provide opportunities to gain understanding and deeper insight of mathematics and its influences in all aspects of life. Understanding the logic and nature of mathematics, together with its applications, provides a stronger foundation for making well-informed judgments and decisions.

 

Learning Objectives Course Options

Students must take one of the listed courses:

 

WELLNESS: 2 Hours Minimum

Wellness provides opportunities to assess physical fitness, nutrition, and health information with the aim to develop programs and foster lifestyle changes designed to achieve optimal health and well-being. Because wellness has a significant impact on all aspects of life, it is essential to understand its importance and to develop strategies to maintain it throughout the lifespan.

 

Learning Objectives Course Options

Students must take one of the listed courses:

 

NATURAL SCIENCES: 6 Hours Minimum

The natural sciences provide opportunities to gain a broader understanding of the world and universe from the perspective of factual observation and interpretation of matter and life. Our future will, in part, be dictated by our understanding and utilization of the physical and biological processes that govern our planet and universe.

 

Learning Objectives Course Options

Students will select one course from each of the following two categories:

 

Physical Sciences:

 

 

Life Sciences:

 

 

 

BLOCK 3 - Minimum of 24 Hours

 

LITERARY, PERFORMING & VISUAL ARTS: 6 Hours Minimum required – may take up to 9 Hours

A study of the Literary, Performing and Visual Arts is integral to understanding and appreciating the aesthetic aspects of the human experience. The arts provide a range of aesthetic experiences and opportunities to foster creative processes of inquiry and analysis of artistic achievements.

 

Learning Objectives Course Options

Students will select at least two courses from at least two of the following categories. An additional course may be selected from any category as a Block 3 elective.

 

Art:

 

Music:

 

Literature:

 

Theater:

 

HISTORY & SOCIAL SCIENCES: 9 Hours Minimum required – may take up to 15 Hours

History and the Social Sciences are devoted to the study of humans and their societies and cultures.

Each of the disciplines provides content, conceptual frameworks, and methods to access, analyze, and understand the complexities and diversity of our social worlds throughout time. A sense of the social dimensions of the human experience prepares individuals for global citizenship and participation in the social structures in which they operate.

 

Learning Objectives Course Options

Students will select courses from both History and the Social Sciences as indicated (two additional courses may be taken as Block 3 electives):

 

History:

(3 hrs from HIS 120, HIS 170, or HIS 171. Students may not get Block 3 elective credit for HIS 170 or HIS 171 if they have taken HIS 120)

(The following can be Block 3 electives, but students may not get Block 3 elective credit for HIS 180 or HIS 181 if they have taken HIS 150)

 

Social Sciences (6 hours required):

Select a minimum of two courses from at least two different prefixes

 

PHILOSOPHY AND MODERN LANGUAGES: 3 Hours Minimum required – may take up to 10 Hours

 

PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy seeks answers to fundamental questions about the nature and purpose of existence, the possibility of knowledge, and the values that guide people’s actions. The study of philosophy examines how philosophers from the past have answered these questions, and develops abilities to analyze and respond to philosophical arguments and questions.

 

Learning Objectives Course Options

Students will select one course from either the Philosophy or Modern Languages categories. No more than two courses from either category will count toward General Education credit.

 

 

MODERN LANGUAGES

Language is a fundamental feature of human culture. Modern language study broadens one’s knowledge of other cultures, deepens one’s understanding of language, and enhances one’s ability to communicate in a multi-lingual society.

 

Learning Objectives Course Options

Students will select one course from either the Philosophy or Modern Languages categories. No more than two courses from either category will count toward General Education credit.

 

International students who have provided official evidence of required English language skills (i.e., TOEFL, IELTS, or comparable test score results) for admission to wSC are ot required to take a course i the Philosophy and Modern Languages section defined in Block 3 of the General Education program. However, they are required to complete a minimum of 44 credits distributed over the four blocksof courses.

 

 

 

 

BLOCK 3 ELECTIVES - 6 Hours

Students will select a minimum of 6 hours from Block 3 as General Education electives.

 

 

 

BLOCK 4 - 3 Hours

 

EDUCATED PERSPECTIVE SEMINAR: 3 Hours

In order for students to conceptualize the integration of disciplines within the liberal arts perspective and to utilize the knowledge and skills emphasized in the general education program, courses in this category will incorporate knowledge, concepts, and philosophies across various disciplines by examining a topic of interest pertinent to today’s citizens. Students from a variety of majors will come together in each course bringing the perspectives advanced in their majors to the discussions and assignments.

 

Learning Objectives Course Options

EPS 300 Educated Perspective Seminar

 

 

 

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