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General Education

The general education program at Wilmington College is designed to give students a broad understanding of the world in which they live. Each graduate is expected to acquire competence in the use of standard English and quantitative reasoning, knowledge of the world outside the United States, knowledge of the basic areas of human thought and expression, and personal physical fitness.

WRITING COMPETENCE

ENG 101 and three writing intensive courses. Students are strongly encouraged to take ENG101 during their freshman year. Placement in ENG099 or ENG101 is based on ACT/ SAT scores and high school GPA's. A writing sample will confirm placement the first week of classes. Students must earn a passing grade of "C-" or better in ENG101to complete this component of the writing competence requirement. Students who do not earn acceptable grades, "P" in ENG099 and "C-" or better in ENG101, are automatically registered to repeat the course the following semester. Students who do not earn "C-" or better in ENG101 after two attempts will be placed on academic probation. ENG099 does not count toward the 124 hours required for graduation, but it does count for the purpose of determining academic standing and student classification. Students with demonstrated competence in writing may request a waiver of ENG101 (see the area coordinator for more information).

QUANTITATIVE COMPETENCE

MTH120 (or MTH112 and MTH113) or a higher numbered mathematics course. Students are strongly encouraged to begin the math requirement during the freshman year. Placement in MTH099, MTH100, MTH120, (or MTH112 and MTH113), MTH150, or MTH171 is based on ACT/SAT scores and high school GPA's and tests will confirm placement the first week of class. MTH099 does not count toward the 124 hours required for graduation, but it does count for the purpose of determining academic standing and student classification. Students who fail MTH099 are automatically registered to retake that course the following semester.

ORAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

IDS106 Effective Speaking Strategies Workshop (1). Students must complete IDS106 by the end of the sophomore year. Those who transfer a Public Speaking course from another college will receive an automatic waiver of IDS106.

INTERNATIONAL KNOWLEDGE

(6 hours required from a, and 6 hours from b, or c, or d)
All students are required to take IDS125 and IDS425. International students who graduated from high school in a country other than the United States are eligible to choose approved courses that focus on the United States to fulfill six hours of their international requirements. Students interested in pursuing this alternative should contact the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs/Registrar to apply and to receive a list of approved alternative courses.
a. IDS125 Seminar in Global Issues and Awareness
IDS425 Seminar in Global Cultures and Issues
b. 6 hours of courses with an “I” designation.
c. SPN111-SPN112, or a two-course (6 credit hour) sequence in one language at a more advanced level, for example, SPN112-SPN211 or SPN211-SPN212. A student may not satisfy the requirement by passing a CLEP, AP, or proficiency examination in the language.
d. Approved semester of study abroad experiences.

BASIC AREAS OF THOUGHT AND EXPRESSION

(a and b and c and d)
a. Nine (9) hours in the humanities, with at least two areas represented (observe prerequisites).
ENG 201, 230, 231, 307, 308, 320, 330, 331, 342, 409, and 417
HIS 100, 110, 111, 150, 151, 309, 317, 320, 340, 341, 360, 374, and 375
R&P any course in Religion & Philosophy
SPN any course with SPN prefix
THR 360, 361(count as ENG)
b. Nine (9) hours in the social sciences, with at least two areas represented (observe
prerequisites).
ECO 101, 102, 310, 311, and 312
GHY 310 and 311
POL 100, 203, 205, 309, 330, and 335
PSY 100, 150, 210, 211, 306, 323, 325, 327, 329, 350, 403, and 423
SOC 100, 112, 200, 201, 204, 212, 221, 328, and 329
SPS 312
c. Eight (8) hours in science (observe prerequisites).
AGR 115
BIO any 100- or 200-level course and BIO306
CHM any 100- or 200-level course
ENV 133
GEO 111
PHY any 100- or 200-level course
d. Six (6) hours in fine arts (observe prerequisites).
ART any course in Art
COM 305
MUS any course in Music, except 330 and 461
THR any course in Theatre, except 400

PERSONAL FITNESS

The personal fitness requirement may be fulfilled by a or b or c.
a. Two (2) hours from EQS101, HPE100, HPE101, HPE102, HPE103, HPE105, HPE106, HPE108, HPE109, HPE113, HPE116, HPE117, and HPE120.
b. Two (2) courses from EQS101, EQS111, EQS211, EQS311, EQS411, HPE100, HPE101, HPE102, HPE103, HPE105, HPE106, HPE108, HPE109, HPE113, HPE116, HPE117, and HPE120.
c. One(1) course from EQS101, EQS111, EQS211, EQS311, EQS411, HPE100, PE101, HPE102, HPE103, HPE105, HPE106, HPE108, HPE109, HPE113, HPE116, PE117, and HPE120 AND completion of one (1) season of intercollegiate athletic or cheerleading participation. The participation waiver does not include any credits for the waived course; it only addresses the requirement.
Students with special needs will be accommodated with adapted HPE activity courses.