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General Education, Majors, and Minors

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General Education, Majors, and Minors

General Education Requirements

Why do I have to take General Education Distributive Requirements?

The liberal arts portion of your degree ensures that you have some exposure to the arts, humanities, social/behavioral sciences, and natural/computer sciences. This is part of becoming an informed citizen, with a broad understanding of different disciplines.

What are the distributive areas that have to be covered?

You need 6 credits each in the humanities, social/behavioral sciences, and natural/computer sciences; and 3 credits in the arts. That's a total of 21 credits.

Approved General Education courses are listed in the undergraduate catalog. You should consult with your advisor to see if your department has specific requirements in these areas. No Interdisciplinary course may be used; the requirement for an Interdisciplinary course is a separate part of General Education.

How can I tell which General Education requirements I've fulfilled and which I have left to take?

Your Degree Progress Report (DPR), which can be accessed on MyWCU, is the best way to determine the status of your General Education requirements. From there, you can also view any comments made by your advisor or graduation analyst in the Registrar's Office.

Diversity Requirement

Can a Diverse Communities ("J") course be transferred into WCU?

At this time there are no approved "J" transfer courses from any community college or other college/university. A course can be petitioned, but documentation must include the course syllabus and description.

Can a "J" course be used as a Distributive Area course?

Yes, but always check to make sure you attain at least 120 credits of coursework for graduation.

Can a single course fulfill multiple requirements simultaneously?

Yes, one course may count as:

  • Both a "J" and an "W" if it has been approved for both attributes
  • Both a "J" and an "I" if it has been approved for both attributes
  • A Diversity course and a Major Requirement simultaneously

Foreign Languages and Culture Clusters

My program allows me to do a Culture Cluster. What does that mean?

You must show competency in a foreign language through the 102 level, the rest of the requirement may then be fulfilled by taking 3 Culture Cluster courses; or you may show competency through the 201 level, and take 2 Culture Cluster courses.

Check with your department before signing up for a Culture Cluster. Some programs require that students show competency in the foreign language through the 202 level of coursework instead of a culture cluster.

The 3 courses must pertain to the foreign language that you have studied. There must be at least 2 different prefixes and no more than 1 course may come from your major program.

How do I know which courses relate to my foreign language?

Courses are listed according to their foreign language in the undergraduate catalog, at the very end of the Degree Requirements section.

Can a Culture Cluster course also be used to fulfill multiple course requirements?

  • Culture Clusters cannot be used to fulfill a Gen Ed Distributive Requirement, such as a humanity or a social/behavioral science.
  • Culture Clusters can be used to fulfill an Interdisciplinary, Diversity, or Writing Emphasis requirement.

Interdisciplinary Requirement

Can an Interdisciplinary ("I") course be transferred into WCU?

Yes, and it will carry the "I" designation. Remember: Interdisciplinary courses stand alone and cannot be used to fulfill any other General Education requirement.

Why do I have to take an Interdisciplinary course?

Interdisciplinary courses help you see the interconnectedness of different disciplines. They might show how social issues impact our decisions in science based problems, for example. Or they might show how history, religion, and art are interconnected.

Can a single course fulfill multiple requirements simultaneously?

Yes, one course may count as:

  • Both a "I" and an "W" if it has been approved for both attributes
  • Both a "I" and an "J" if it has been approved for both attributes
  • A Diversity course and a Major Requirement simultaneously

Can an "I" course be used to fulfill a Major Requirement or Gen Eds?

An "I" course can count as an Interdisciplinary course and as a Major Requirement simultaneously.

Interdisciplinary courses stand alone and cannot be used to fulfill a General Education requirement in the distributive areas (science, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and the arts).

Writing Emphasis Requirement

How many Writing Emphasis ("W") courses should I take?

All students who begin their academic careers at WCU must take three "W" courses, and one must be at the 300 level or above.

Transfer Students

  • Students who transfer fewer than 40 credits must take three "W" courses.
  • Students who transfer in with 40-70 credits must complete two "W" courses.
  • Students who transfer more than 70 credits (71 or more) need only complete one "W" course.

Can a single course fulfill multiple requirements simultaneously?

Yes, one course may count as:

  • Both a "W" and an "I"
  • Both a "W" and an "J"
  • Both a “W” and another degree requirement simultaneously

Can a Writing Emphasis course be transferred in to WCU?

No, writing emphasis courses do not transfer into WCU.

Majors and Minors

How do I change my major?

First, discuss your plans with your advisor. Consider any additional requirements and time will be involved in changing your major. You can meet with or transfer to a special program in Exploratory Studies that will allow you to work on meeting any entrance requirements for your new major. Once you decide to change your major, you can request a change of major through your myWCU account.

When should I declare a major?

Many students have already decided on their major when they enter WCU, but some students who are still exploring will be in our "pre-major" department. Studies show that students who commit to majors before they finish 30 credits have the best chances of finishing on time.

What does it mean to be "pre-major"?

This simply means that you have not decided on a major yet. Other terms used for this stage are "exploratory" and "undeclared."

What are minors, and do I have to declare one?

Unless you are in a major that requires a minor (for example, Liberal Studies or Professional Studies), you do not have to declare one. Check with your major program to be sure.

How do I add a minor?

First, discuss your plans with your advisor. Consider any additional requirements and time will be involved in adding minor. Once you decide to add a minor, you must complete and submit the Add Minor Form .

May I have two minors?

You may add more than one minor; however, doing so will add time to your degree program.

May I do a double major?

Yes, students may simultaneously work on two Bachelor's degrees at WCU. A "double major" means that you are doing two of the same type of degree - for example, two BAs or two BFAs. A "dual degree" means that you are enrolled in two different degree programs - a BSED and a BS, for example. See Academic Policies and Procedures for more information.

If I am in a dual degree or double major program, who is my advisor?

You will have an advisor for each program. You should inform each advisor that you are in two majors and ask them to communicate with each other. Either advisor has the power to lift your advising hold so that you can register for classes.

How do I learn about career options for my major?

You can pursue a variety of careers with every major. Have a conversation with your advisor about your interests and ideas; advisors can provide options and resources for further exploration. Schedule an appointment in the Career Development Center to get individual assistance with clarifying your interests and goals; the center has extensive easy-to-use online resources to learn more about career options for all WCU disciplines.