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Program Overview

General Education at Winston Salem State University provides the intellectual foundation for both the completion of a major program of study and learning beyond college by affording students a broad based education rooted in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences.

Welcome to General Education at Winston-Salem State University.
The General Education curriculum is designed to foster the development of critical skills such as thinking, writing, and speaking; while offering students the opportunity to explore the vast fields that make up the academy.

General Education Goals and Requirements
Students are required to take at least one-half of their courses outside of their major field of study.  There is no single path towards fulfilling this requirement.  The student is free to choose at least 20 courses that are sampled widely from the curricular offerings.  There are however, some minimum expectations about these choices.  The student must take at least one course from each of seven Areas of Knowledge which include Literature, History, Social/Behavioral Science, Natural Science, Mathematics and Quantitative Logic, Fine Arts and Foreign Language and Culture. Courses focusing on the seven Learning Outcomes must also be factored into students’ choices.  At least two of the courses must be writing intensive and at least three of the courses must have critical thinking as a major learning outcome.  Students must also sample at least two courses with a focus on scientific literacy and two courses with a focus on quantitative literacy.  Critical reading, oral communication and information literacy are also important outcomes that must be sought in a student’s liberal arts plan.  Students must take at least one course with a primary focus in each of these areas.  Additionally, students are encouraged to explore courses designed to broaden their perspectives on various Curricular Themes including globalization, diversity, civic engagement, sustainability, moral and ethical reasoning, and healthy living.  Students are required to take a minimum of two courses from amongst these areas before they graduate.   Finally, all freshmen are required to complete a Liberal Learning Seminar sometime during their first year.  The illustration below represents the minimum requirements to fulfill the General Education requirements. 

General Education Foundation Chart

General Education
  • Critical Thinking
  • Critical Reading
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Scientific Literacy
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Information Literacy
  • Literature
  • Culture and Foreign Language
  • The Fine Arts
  • Historical Studies
  • Social and Behavioral Science
  • Mathematics and Quantitative Logic
  • Natural Science
  • Globalization
  • Diversity
  • Sustainability
  • Civic Knowledge
  • Healthful Living
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Liberal Learning Seminars

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Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000



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