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 districution 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 criminal justice, liberal studies, organizational development and leadership, and psychology—ENGL 101 is required to ensure writing skill. Students must complete a 3- to 4-credit mathematics course. Majors may have a computer course requirement.
Humanities (12 Credits)
At least one course in humanities must be at an advanced level (300 level), except for students taking two semesters of modern language.
- Any history course (3 credits)
- Any one course from any of these four areas: English literature (130 level or above), art history, music, or philosophy (3 credits)
- Two additional courses in humanities (6 credits)
Science/Mathematics (12 Credits)
One semester of a science course with an associated laboratory, one semester of mathematics (MATH 111 or above), plus additional courses in science or mathematics (MATH 111 or above).
Social Science (12 Credits)
- Two introductory social science courses in different fields, which will give a societal/cultural perspective (6 credits)
- Two additional courses in social science, one of which must be at an advanced level (200 level and above) (6 credits)
Students are encouraged to take further courses in social science or humanities about other cultures and societies.
An upper-level interdisciplinary course that involves a discussion of values as affecting individual and societal decision making. Students must have completed a minimum of 90 credits, with six semester hours in each of the following: science and mathematics, humanities, and social science.
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.