All students are required to complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in each of the three areas of humanities, social science, and science/mathematics. A Semester hour consists of one hour per week in a classroom per semester or two to three hours in laboratory or fieldwork per semester. This requirement is based on the conviction that a baccalaureate degree represents more than expertise in a specific field. Students broaden themselves by taking courses in academic areas that have traditionally been at the heart of an undergraduate education. Students should work closely with advisors in selecting courses appropriate to their interests and academic needs.
Courses taken on pass/no pass basis may not be used to satisfy the university distribution requirement. Both semester-long and certain module courses may be used to satisfy distribution requirements.
The Following Subject Areas Satisfy Distribution Requirements:
English (excluding ENGL 100 , ENGL 101 , ENGL 111 )
Science and Mathematics
computer science (excluding CSCI 101 –124)
earth and space science
mathematics (excluding MATH 101 –110)
science (excluding SCI 100 )
economics (EC 201, EC 202 only)
communication studies (COMS 130 , COMS 180 , COMS 275 , COMS 290 , COMS 390 )
psychology (excluding PSY 381, 382, 383, 384, PSY 385 , PSY 395 , PSY 409 , PSY 410 , 419, PSY 423 )
social science (excluding SSCI 409, 410)
Depending on the major, specific courses may be required within each of the three areas.
Requirements for students majoring in allied health, legal studies, and professional and applied studies—Any courses may be selected from among the three areas of humanities, science and mathematics, and social science, resulting in the completion of 12 semester hours in each area. One humanities course must be 300 level or higher. One social science course must be 200 level or higher. Students must complete a 3- or 4-credit mathematics course, MATH 111 or higher. Students who intend to go on to graduate studies in business should take EC 201 and EC 202 as one of the social science and one of the free electives. Allied health and professional studies majors are also required to complete ASC 401 . Professional studies majors must take one social science or humanities course with a global focus.
General Education Goals
By completing these requirements, students at Widener fulfill the university’s general education goals, which state:
- Students communicate effectively.
- Students use quantitative methods effectively.
- Students understand the world from multiple perspectives.
- Students cultivate an awareness of themselves and their role within the human community.
- Students cultivate an awareness of their relationship to the natural world.
- Students understand ethical theories and how to apply them personally and professionally.
- Students understand and apply methods of inquiry and interpretation.
- Students think critically.
Moreover, graduates become liberally educated, possessing knowledge beyond the boundaries of a chosen field or discipline.