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General Education Curriculum (GEC)

Purpose of General Education

WVU aims to provide students with a foundation of skills and knowledge necessary to reason clearly, communicate effectively, and contribute to society. The General Education Curriculum is designed to ensure that students meet these goals through inquiry-based learning across the disciplines. In conjunction with a major field, and in consultation with their advisors, students will design programs of study that satisfy the GEC’s Objectives.

The learning objectives reflect the fact that, in an increasingly interdependent world, it is crucial that students learn to interact constructively with people from different cultures, to understand viewpoints different from their own, and to identify and resolve issues of personal and professional ethics.

The GEC strives to help students to become thoughtful participants in a democratic society, and to achieve the intellectual integration and awareness they will need to meet changes and challenges in their personal, social, and professional lives.

Effective with the beginning of the Fall Semester, 2005, all matriculating students will be required to fulfill the requirements of the General Education Curriculum by taking an appropriate selection of these courses. Additional courses will be added to the list in the future as they are approved for inclusion in the GEC.

Policies Governing This Curriculum

  1. Students will take between 41 and 43 credits in this curriculum.
  2. Most courses fulfill two GEC objectives. The student will choose which one of those objectives a particular course will fulfill.
  3. Unless disallowed by the major, courses satisfying GEC objectives may also satisfy course requirements for the major.
  4. Students may fulfill up to three of the GEC objectives 2 through 9 (including 2A, 2B lab, 2B other, and 2C) with courses in one subject area (as defined by a common prefix, such as POLS or SOCA) and may fulfill up to two GEC objectives 2 through 9 with courses in each of any other subject areas. For example, a student might complete objectives 2 through 9 with three PSYC courses, two BIOL courses, two PHIL courses, one MATH course, one CS course, one ART course, and one RELG course. Another student might complete objectives 2 through 9 with two STAT courses, two GEOL courses, two ARHS courses, two ENGL courses, two HUM courses and a THET course. Another student might take courses in 11 different subjects to complete these objectives.
Downloadable version of the list below

1. Communication

Students are expected to communicate effectively in English. (6 credits)

Requirements

(G01) Objective 1: Communication

A component of Objective 1 requires the successful completion of a ‘writing’ (W) course, preferably in the major. Please consult the list of available ‘writing’ courses to determine a course to fulfill this objective.

2. Basic Mathematical Skills and Scientific Inquiry

Students are expected to use quantitative and scientific knowledge effectively. (13-14 credits)

Requirements

(G02) Objective 2: Basic Mathematical Skills and Scientific Inquiry

(G02A) Group A:
(G02B) Group B:
(G02C) Group C:

3. The Past and Its Traditions

Students are expected to apply knowledge, methods, and principles of inquiry to understanding the past. (3 credits)

Requirements

(G03) Objective 3: The Past and Its Traditions

4. Issues of Contemporary Society

Students are expected to apply knowledge, methods, and principles of inquiry to contemporary problems, ideas, and/or values. (3-4 credits)

Requirement

(G04) Objective 4: Contemporary Society

5. Artistic Expression

Students are expected to apply methods and principles of critical inquiry to the analysis of literary or artistic expression. (3 credits)

Requirement

(G05) Objective 5: Artistic Expression

6. The Individual In Society

Students are expected to develop an awareness of human experience, including both personal and social dimensions. (4 credits)

Requirement

(G06) Objective 6: The Individual in Society

(G06F) Objective 6F: First Year Seminar

7. American Culture

Students are expected to develop knowledge critical to the understanding of the issues that shape the culture of the United States. (3 credits)

Requirement

(G07) Objective 7: American Culture

8. Western Culture

Students are expected to analyze historical, cultural, and/or political issues of a Western nation in an international context. (3 credits)

Requirement

(G08) Objective 8: Western Culture

9. Non-Western Culture

Students are expected to analyze historical, cultural, and/or political issues of a non-Western area or nation. (3 credits)

Requirement

(G09) Objective 9: Non-western Culture

As additional courses are approved, academic advisors will be informed. Please consult your advisor to determine which courses are available to you.