General Education

General Education

WUV’s General Education curriculum consists of three mandatory core courses and nine elective courses. Elective courses are categorized into five areas and students are required to take at least ONE course from the Communication area and at least TWO courses from each of the rest four areas. Students are required to successfully complete a total of 36 credits to fulfill the General Education Requirement. The five areas are as follows: Communication, Humanities/Fine Arts, Natural Science/Mathematics, Behavioral/Social Science, and Critical Thinking.

Degree Requirements (36 credits required)

GE Required Courses (9 Credits)

All undergraduate students are required to take these three courses in English and Math
  • ENG 101 College English I
  • ENG 201 College English II
  • MAT 101 College Math

Communication (3 Credits)

Courses in this area deal with written and oral communications. They will improve student abilities to read, write, speak, and listen with clarity, precision, and depth of understanding. This area also includes speech focused courses which enhance students’ abilities to express their ideas in more lucid and effective ways in public presentation.
  • ENG 103 English: Speech Clinic
  • ENG 210 Analytical Reading & Writing
  • ENG 301 College English III
  • LAN 311 Spanish I: Basic
  • LAN 312 Spanish II: Intermediate
  • LAN 321 Chinese I: Basic
  • LAN 322 Chinese II: Intermediate
  • LAN 331 Korean I: Basic
  • LAN 332 Korean II: Intermediate
  • SPH 101 Public Speech
  • SPH 300 Great Speeches

Humanities / Fine Arts (6 Credits)

Academic study of the humanities involves the study of recorded human experiences and the major forms of such records: philosophical, historical, artistic, and literary. Students can harness specialized knowledge and personal experiences of humanity. As one facet of human experience, the arts represent a fusion of the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual realities of the human condition. Study of the arts leads to heightened aesthetic awareness and deepens cultural understanding.
  • ARH 101 Art Appreciation
  • MUS 101 Music Appreciation
  • ARH 201 Art History
  • MUS 201 Music History and Literature
  • ARH 301 Modern and Contemporary Art and Culture
  • GOV 202 American Government
  • HIS 101 History of World Civilization
  • HIS 102 History of the United States
  • LIT 101 Introduction to Literature
  • LIT 301 The Bible as Literature
  • LIT 401 The Bible and the Koran
  • BAC 301 Christian Art and Culture

Natural Sciences / Math (6 Credits)

Courses in this area include the study of basic mathematics and scientific knowledge, as well as the role of applied science and technology as agents of change in society and the world. The courses focus on the description, prediction, and understanding of natural phenomena based on observational and empirical evidence. It also concentrates on knowledge and skills necessary for the appreciation and enhancement of a healthy lifestyle.
  • MAT 110 College Algebra
  • MAT 201 Calculus I
  • SCI 101 Introduction to Natural Science
  • SCI 201 Origin of Life
  • SCI 202 Chemistry
  • SCI 203 Introduction to Biological Science
  • SCI 210 Introduction to Nutrition Science
  • SCI 212 Physics
  • SCI 215 Introduction to Public Health
  • BIB 301 Creation and Evolution

Behavioral / Social Sciences (6 Credits)

Each course in the social sciences develops an appreciation of the processes of social interaction and emphasizes the analytic frameworks and techniques social scientists use to explain the causes and patterns of individual and institutional behavior. A scholarly or scientific discipline that deals with such study includes sociology, psychology, education, economics, political science, and social work.
  • ECO 101 Introduction to Economics
  • EDU 101 Introduction to Education
  • JRN 311 Introduction to Multimedia Journalism
  • POL 101 Introduction to Political Science
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 302 Contemporary Social Issues
  • SOC 311 Human Behavior and Social Environment
  • SWK 101 Introduction to Social Work
  • LAW 101 Introduction to Law

Critical Thinking (6 Credits)

Critical thinking, also called critical analysis, is clear, rational thinking involving critique. During the process of critical thinking, ideas should be reasoned and well developed. The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking defines critical thinking as the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
  • PHI 101 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 201 Contemporary Moral Issues
  • PHI 202 Logic and Reasoning
  • PHI 203 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHI 301 Science and Religion
  • SOC 411 Survey of Popular Culture
  • PHI 401 Life and Death: An Ultimate Concern