The General Studies Program distribution offers courses in global culture, global issues, African and African-American studies, humanistic studies, communication, literature and language, religion, ethics, social studies, and science. Interdisciplinary course offerings give students the opportunity to study and gain real-world knowledge outside of their major discipline to build a platform for the promotion of their own personal growth and development. This holistic student experience reinforces the University’s mission and core values through the breadth and depth of the general studies program course offerings. All Wilberforce students, as part of their regular course requirements for a bachelor’s degree, are required to complete the General Studies core requirements and distribution requirements.
The goals of the Wilberforce University General Studies Program are expressed in terms of what students should gain from taking courses under this required, University-wide program. Specifically, student should be able to demonstrate:
- The ability to communicate effectively through written expression
- The ability to communicate effectively through oral expression
- The ability to think critically and logically using analytical rationale
- Develop an understanding and appreciation of global affairs and diversity issues
- Develop an understanding and appreciation of the practice of religions and Christianity – especially pertaining to the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and its teachings
- Recognize and analyze ethical issues and choose appropriate action/reaction to these issues
- Effectively utilize current technology-based tools, media, applications, and equipment to develop both personally and professionally.
Integrated into the General Studies Program is the First-Year Program, a student-centered program which includes competency based courses designed to provide new students with the reading, writing, studying, analytical, and mathematical skills necessary for successful attainment of their educational and career goals. These courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.