General Education Curriculum

General Education Curriculum


The general education curriculum is designed to assure that each graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College has achieved a broad educational foundation that includes meaningful engagement with the principal areas of human inquiry. The knowledge and skills derived from this broad-based education are the mark of an educated person, and help prepare the student for the demands of life after graduation.

Each candidate for graduation is required to satisfy the following distribution requirements; no single course may satisfy more than one general studies requirement. The General Education Program connects students to the four main goals of the institution in the following areas:

1. Think Critically and Creatively. We believe that the ability to gather appropriate information and to analyze and synthesize these data is the key to understanding and solving the ever changing and complex problems of today’s world. Courses in this section are aimed toward developing in our students a mode of thinking about a variety of subjects and problems in a way that continually questions and improves the quality of their thinking.

Experimental Inquiry (3-6 hours)

  • Two laboratory courses in the physical or biological sciences for students seeking a B.S. degree. (6 hours)
  • One laboratory course in the physical or biological sciences for students seeking a B.A. or B.M.E. degree. (3 hours)

Quantitative Inquiry (3-4 hours)

  • One course in mathematics (100-level or above). (3 hours)

  • PSYC 225 Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences. (3 hours)
  • PSYC 230 Statistics and Methodology in the Behavioral Sciences. (4 hours)

Humanities (6 hours)

  • INDS 120 Introduction to the Humanities (3 hours)
(To be taken during the freshman or sophomore year)
  • One course in Literature (3 hours)

Aesthetic Expression (3 hours)

  • Three semester hours in a single fine art selected from art, dance, music or theatre
    • Options:
      1. One three-hour course
      2. One two-hour course and a one-hour performance credit
      3. Three one-hour performance credits

2. Communicate Effectively. We believe that preparation for life in the modern world requires communication with a cross section of diverse people who often have conflicting needs and interests. Courses in this section are aimed at developing effective written and oral communication that are crucial for cultivating and maintaining a sense of community and an ability to develop consensus in an increasingly diverse and complex world.

Written Expression (3-8 hours)
The first three are to be taken in sequence upon entering Wesleyan.
A grade of C or better is required in Composition I and II.

  • ENGL 101 Composition I (3 hours)
  • ENGL 102 Composition II (3 hours)
  • ENGL 319 Advanced Composition OR enrollment in an approved departmental senior seminar or writing course (courses satisfying this requirement will be noted in the course descriptions in the college catalog.)

Oral Expression (3 hours)

  • COMM 211 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3 hours)
Note: COMM 211 is taken in sequence after ENGL102.
A grade of C or better is required in Fundamentals of Oral Communication.

3. Act Responsibly. We believe that students learn to act responsibly by studying what society considers to be right and wrong, by investigating the origins of ideas and beliefs, and by learning about and experiencing the results of the application of these ideas and beliefs in their lives and the lives of others. Courses in this section are aimed toward developing and enhancing the student’s sense of responsibility to himself/herself and to others.

Religious and Philosophical Inquiry (6 hours)

  • One course in Philosophy. (3 hours)
  • One course in Religion. (3 hours)
OR one of the following
    • CHED 210 Leadership in the Church (3 hours)
    • CHED 250 Introduction to Worship (3 hours)
    • CHED 270 Spiritual Disciplines for Church Leaders and Educators (3 hours)

Physical and Mental Well-Being (3 hours)
One course selected from:

  • PHED 110 Exercise and Weight Control (3 hours)
  • PHED 120 Women’s Wellness (3 hours)
  • PHED 130 Personal and Community Health (3 hours)
  • PHED 140 First Aid and Safety (3 hours)
  • PHED 201 School Health (3 hours)
  • PHED 240 Fundamentals of Human Nutrition (3 hours)

4. Demonstrate Local and World Citizenship Through Service. We believe that collaboration with and service to the larger community lead to the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources and are essential for enhancing the value of life in a world of conflicting needs and interests. Courses in this section, as well as many of Wesleyan’s co-curricular activities and programs, are aimed at instilling in our students the understanding that, as members of the world community, they have a lifelong vocation to serve.

United States Cultural Studies (3 hours)
One course selected from:

  • COMM 121 Intercultural Communication Within the United States
  • ENGL 245 American Ethnic Literature
  • ENGL 248 Appalachian Literature
  • ENGL 275 Studies in Gender: Women’s Studies
  • HIST 239 History of West Virginia
  • HIST 244 History of Multicultural America
  • HIST 269 African-American History
  • POLS 230 Women and Politics
  • RELG 212 Issues in Feminist Theology
  • SOCI 210 Appalachian Studies
  • SOCI 243 Race, Class, and Power
  • SOCI 245 Native American Holocaust
  • SOCI 248 Sex and Gender

    Note: A limited, changing selection of other courses from the humanities, fine arts and social sciences may satisfy this requirement. A current listing of approved courses is available in the Office of the Registrar and on the General Education Webpage.

Non-WesternCultural Studies (3 hours)
One course selected from:

  • BUSI 234 International Business Management
  • BUSI 244 International Business Marketing
  • COMM 220 The Cultural Impact on Organizations
  • ENGL 230 Non-Western Literature: African
  • ENGL 231 Non-Western Literature: Asian
  • ENGL 232 Non-Western Literature: Others
  • FRCH 102 Introductory French II (or higher)
  • HIST 161 Introduction to the Non-Western World
  • HIST 270 People’s Republic of China
  • HIST 273 Japan Since 1868
  • HIST 358 History of Modern Middle East
  • INDS 130 Modern Latin America
  • MUSC 207 Music in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Russia
  • POLS 225 Model United Nations
  • POLS 249 African Politics
  • POLS 325 Comparative Developing States
  • POLS 347 Human Rights
  • RELG 240 Judaism and Islam
  • RELG 245 Hinduism and Buddhism
  • SOCI 305 Global Minorities
  • SOCI 308 Global Peace and Conflict

Social Sciences (6 hours)

  • One course selected from: HIST 101, 102, 121, 122 (3 hours)
Once course selected from Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology (3 hours)

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