Bachelor’s degree programs at Walden University combine academic study with real-world applications to prepare students for today’s competitive economy and society in business, technology, education, social, behavioral, and health sciences. General education courses blend with degree program courses to provide the breadth and depth of knowledge needed by the 21st-century citizen.
Walden’s general education outcomes focus on discovery, evaluation, expression, perspective, and change. Students explore these ways of thinking and working in courses in communication, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences. Undergraduates learn critical and creative thinking, written and verbal communication skills, problem-solving, and group skills. These competencies prepare students for diverse public and professional lives where they will help shape a changing global community.
The Walden University General Education learning outcomes are as follows:
Discovery: Students will locate and identify appropriate sources of information using multiple sources and methods, including bibliographic, textual, experiential, and experimental research.
Evaluation: Students will critically assess texts and arguments in multiple forms and contexts using quantitative and qualitative logic, the scientific method, ethics, and pragmatics.
Expression: Students will effectively and ethically communicate information and opinions verbally and nonverbally using written, oral, behavioral, and visual methods adapted for diverse audiences and purposes.
Perspective: Students will be able to articulate the consistency and flexibility of knowledge as it is experienced across time, space, and culture.
Change: Students will articulate how their ability to discover, evaluate, and express ideas from different perspectives is instrumental in their progress toward achieving personal goals and effecting social change.
General Education Areas and Requirements
(Minimum of 46 cr. total)
Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 0r 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.
Written and Oral Communications
(Minimum of two courses; ENGL 1010 OR ENGL 1010E is required)
(Minimum of two courses; HMNT 1001 is required)
(Minimum of two courses)
(Minimum of two courses; SOCI 4080 or SOCI 4080E required)
Many university students find they need to refresh their skills in mathematics before taking college-level courses. The College of Undergraduate Studies offers a foundational course in mathematics to prepare students for success in their degree programs. This preparatory course has a much lower tuition rate than college-level courses. The course does not apply to graduation and is not transferable to other institutions of higher education.
Elective Math Courses
The following courses are designed to prepare students for their required mathematics general education requirements. Course credit applies toward degree completion as elective credit, but will not fulfill general education requirements.
Courses That Must Be Taken at Walden
Programs Requiring Specific General Education Courses
The following general education courses are required for Bachelor of Science programs. HMNT 1001 and SOCI 4080 must be taken at Walden University. The other courses in this table are eligible for transfer credit. Also see the Transfer Maximum by Program table in the Walden University Student Handbook.
*Students have the option of taking this course in an 11-week or 12-week format.