2020–2021 Walden University Catalog (September 2020) 
    Dec 08, 2022  
2020–2021 Walden University Catalog (September 2020) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Walden University General Education Curriculum

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.

Learning Outcomes

The Walden University General Education learning outcomes are as follows:

  1. Discovery: Students will locate and identify appropriate sources of information using multiple sources and methods, including bibliographic, textual, experiential, and experimental research.

  2. Evaluation: Students will critically assess texts and arguments in multiple forms and contexts using quantitative and qualitative logic, the scientific method, ethics, and pragmatics.

  3. 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.

  4. Perspective: Students will be able to articulate the consistency and flexibility of knowledge as it is experienced across time, space, and culture.

  5. 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 45 cr. total, see individual program requirements)

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 or 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their student success advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

Elective Math Course

The following course is 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.

Programs Requiring Specific General Education Courses

The following general education courses are required for Bachelor of Science programs. If required, HMNT 1001 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.

Program Required Communications Courses Required Math Courses Required Social Science Courses Required Humanities Courses
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)      AND
  AND two courses from the following:
other History/Government course
BS in Accounting            
BS in Business Administration          
BS in Business Communication           
BS in Child Development            
BS in Communication          
BS in Computer Information Systems          
BS in Criminal Justice           
BS in Forensic Psychology   
BS in Health Studies      OR
BS in Healthcare Management      OR
BS in Human Services            
BS in Information Technology          
BS in Interdisciplinary Studies           
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program      AND
BS in Political Science and Public Administration            
BS in Psychology         (Forensic Psychology concentration only)   
BS in Public Health      AND