General Education Program


Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Competency Requirements, General Education

Course Prefixes, General Education Program

Exemptions for Second Degree and Transfer Students (General Edu­cation Program)

General Education Courses

Group Requirements, General Education

MACRAO Agreement

Table of General Education Courses

Wayne State has had a University-wide Program in General Educa­tion since 1987 for all undergraduate students pursuing bachelor's degrees regardless of their academic specialties. These require­ments contribute to the goal of ensuring that all students have the basic skills fundamental to success in college while simultaneously achieving the intellectual breadth necessary to place specialized and professional curricula in proper perspective. By means of the Gen­eral Education Program, undergraduate students improve their skills and are introduced to methods of inquiry, modes of thought, bodies of knowledge, and representative ideas drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines.

MACRAO Agreement

Wayne State University has signed an agreement making it easier for Michigan community college students to transfer to our institution. By becoming a signatory institution to the MACRAO (Michigan Associa­tion of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) agreement, WSU formally acknowledges that community college transfers who have select associate's degrees or MACRAO-stamped transcripts from a community college will have met University General Educa­tion Requirements, thereby expediting these students' path to gradu­ation. This recognition will commence for students transferring to Wayne State beginning in Fall 2013. The conditions governing this agreement stipulate that Michigan community college students cov­ered by the MACRAO agreement will still need to satisfy mathemat­ics competency, the senior-level writing intensive requirement, and any requirements specific to a particular school/college or depart­ment within the student's major field of study. Information can be found online at: http://www.macrao.org/Publications/MACRAOAgree­ment.asp.

The General Education Requirements for students matriculating or graduating under the 2013-2015 University Bulletin are organized into the following categories:

Competency Requirements

Learning Objectives: Competency Requirements ensure that stu­dents develop and demonstrate early in their academic careers fun­damental skills in the following areas that underlie and make possible the acquisition of knowledge.


Critical/Analytic Thinking
Mathematics
Oral Communication
Written Communication

Group Requirements, General Education

Learning Objectives: Group Requirements have a two-fold purpose: 1) to enable students to acquire knowledge and demonstrate under­standing in a broad range of representative branches of knowledge; and 2) to enable students to develop and demonstrate the ability to apply methodological skills which encourage continued exploration on an independent level throughout their lives. Group Requirements are organized in the following categories:

HUMANITIES

Philosophy and Letters
Visual and Performing Arts

NATURAL SCIENCE

Life Sciences
Physical Sciences

SOCIETY AND INSTITUTIONS

American Society and Institutions
Foreign Culture
Historical Studies
Social Science

Exemptions for Second Degree and Transfer Students (General Education Program)

Students who hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and who seek a second bachelor's degree are exempt from the Uni­versity-wide General Education Requirements, but must satisfy all School/College, department and program requirements.

Equivalent courses taken at another institution may satisfy General Education Requirements. In cases where this would exceed the lim­itation of sixty-four credits from a community college accepted on a transfer basis, such courses shall satisfy the requirements, but the credits will not count towards the degree.

Course Prefixes, General Education Program

Parenthetical two-letter prefixes denote content areas of subjects and identify courses approved for satisfying Competency Require­ments and Group Requirements in the University’s General Educa­tion Program. The following prefixes, listed and defined in alphabetical order, precede course titles in the departmental Courses of Instruction sections of this bulletin, and in each semester’s Sched­ule of Classes.

(AI) — American Society and Institutions
(BC) — Basic Composition
(CT) — Critical and Analytic Thinking
(FC) — Foreign Culture
(HS) — Historical Studies
(IC) — Intermediate Composition
(LS) — Life Sciences
(MC) — Mathematics
(OC) — Oral Communication
(PL) — Philosophy and Letters
(PS) — Physical Sciences
(SS) — Social Sciences
(VP) — Visual and Performing Arts
(WI) — Writing Intensive