Wayne Experience

The Wayne Experience (WE), a one credit course required of all first year students, will play an instrumental role in socializing students into the university community by providing activities that will increase their connections with fellow students, academic advising staff, and their instructors. The essential goals for this requirement are to enhance student engagement, success, and retention by implementing high-impact practices (HIPS) within a student’s first year in college. Wayne Experience will also help students build key skills and habits that will allow them to successfully navigate the university and manage their busy lives. These would range from time management, studying, and test taking skills to engaging in community activities both on and off campus. Student motivation, engagement, learning, achievement, persistence and degree attainment all can be fostered by these transformative educational experiences.

Transfer students: Wayne Experience (WE) will be automatically waived if a student transfers a minimum of 24 credits to WSU. Advanced Placement (AP) tests, International Baccalaureate (IB) tests, CLEP exams, and High School Dual Enrollment do not count towards waiving WE.


  1. Belonging: will foster a sense of belonging and connection; cultivate the development and expanding of relationships; meet students where they are; and promote their sense of personal purpose at Wayne State University.

  2. Acculturation to academic community: will promote an understanding of what it means to be a Wayne State Student, including grasping the value of a liberal education and general education along with linking theory to practice by participating as a member of a diverse and inclusive academic community.

  3. WSU in Detroit: will cultivate an understanding of WSU's role in local cultures and history as well as develop an appreciation of how public service can transform individuals and diverse communities.

  4. Academic Support and Study Skills: will promote the understanding of and use of the full spectrum of academic support services to collectively empower students to transform themselves into self-directed learners and powerful problem-solving.

Learning Outcomes

In this broad category, specific learning outcomes may vary from offering to offering but draw from the LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes, as adapted through our general education reform process.

After successful completion of this requirement:

  • Describe meaningful connections with Wayne State peers, faculty, staff, and resources.
  • Describe the purpose of a liberal education.
  • Describe the relationship between theory, research, and practice within the context of a diverse, inclusive academic community.
  • Describe Wayne State’s role in public service.
  • Describe the university’s effect on Detroit’s culture and history.
  • Map strategies for personal and academic success that incorporate student support services.


Courses currently approved for Wayne Experience include: 

BA 1100Warrior Success1
BE 1060Building a Foundation for College Success1
FPC 1020Wayne Experience: Building a Foundation for College Success1
FYS 1010Learning with the Brain in Mind1
HON 1110Passport to Detroit1
KHS 1010Wellness at Wayne1
RSE 1010Building a Foundation for College Success1