Weber State University General Education Requirements
General Education Requirements PDF
What is General Education (Gen Ed)?
Gen Ed is shared by all degree-seeking students. Gen Ed credits (~34-40) account for about 2/3 of the Associate’s and 1/3 of the Bachelor’s degrees. Gen Ed provides broad exposure to diverse disciplines and is the foundation for developing intellectual tools and responsibility to the self and others.
What is the mission of General Education?
To provide students with the foundational knowledge and intellectual tools that enhance and transcend their academic program of study. The big questions posed by Gen Ed courses address significant issues about the world. Gen Ed courses help students apply their learning and develop personal and social responsibility, which is demonstrated through signature assignments.
Why is General Education required of all students?
Gen Ed is not a random series of courses to “get out of the way” - it is a program of courses to lead the way to students’ future success in higher education, the workplace, and the community. Because Gen Ed courses are framed around a Big Question, which is tapped by a Signature Assignment, students repeatedly exercise Gen Ed Learning Outcomes (GELOs) and “cross-train” their mind.
What are the General Education Program Requirements?
Students are required to take CORE courses in Composition, Quantitative Literacy, American Institutions, Information Literacy and Diversity (~10-16 credits) and BREADTH courses in Creative Arts and Humanities (9 credits), Physical and Life Sciences (9 credits), and Social Sciences (6 credits).
What are WSU courses?
WSU courses are interdisciplinary, variable credit (3-5), team-taught, and limited enrollment courses that satisfy requirements in two areas (core or breadth) of Gen Ed (with a passing grade). Students get the benefit of the expertise of two WSU faculty members in courses that engage their mind and challenge their thinking. For more information, see https://www.weber.edu/GenEd/WSU_Courses.html.
What is the Gen Ed Certificate of Completion?
The Certificate of Completion is awarded when students complete all core and breadth requirements with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Once awarded, it will appear on students’ transcripts and is considered part of their official record. The Certificate allows students to “lock in” their Gen Ed credits and is transferable between institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education.
What is the Interstate Passport?
WSU participates in the Interstate Passport Initiative wherein a block of Gen Ed courses is accepted between institutions and noted on students’ transcripts for articulation purposes. WSU issues the Passport upon completion of the Gen Ed Certificate of Completion with a C or better in all Gen Ed courses. WSU Gen Ed requirements are met (except for American Institutions, a Gen Ed requirement mandated by the Utah State Legislature) for incoming students who have earned a Passport elsewhere. For more information, see weber.edu/passport.
Who can help me plan my General Education courses?
Before selecting General Education courses, students should consult with an Academic Advisor (weber.edu/advisors) and review their Cattracks degree evaluation (eWeber student portal).