What is General Education?
General Education is shared by all degree-seeking students. Gen Ed credits (~34-41) account for about 2/3 of the Associate's and 1/3 of the Bachelor's degrees. Through core and breadth courses, Gen Ed provides broad exposure to diverse disciplines and is the foundation for developing intellectual tools and responsibility to the self and others.
What is the Mission of General Education?
The purpose of the Weber State University General Education program is to provide students with foundational knowledge and intellectual tools that enhance and transcend their academic program of study. The big questions posed by General Education courses address significant issues about the world. General Education courses help students apply their learning and develop personal and social responsibility, which is demonstrated through signature assignments.
Why is General Education required?
Gen Ed is not a random series of courses to "get out of the way" - it is a program of courses to lead the way to students' future success in higher education, the workplace, and the community. Because Gen Ed courses are framed around a Big Question, which is tapped by a Signature Assignment, students repeatedly exercise Gen Ed Learning Outcomes (GELOs) and "cross-train" their mind. Gen Ed helps students acquire transferable skills, expand their perspective on the world, explore possibilities and opportunities, and discover the unexpected. Thus, the General Education program is designed to help students achieve both program-level (GELOs) and core and breadth area (ALOs) learning outcomes.
When asked to "describe the most significant learning experience you have had so far at this institution", two WSU freshman remarked:
"The Signature Assignments for each of my classes. They've really challenged me to think back on course information I've learned throughout the semester and how it can/does apply to my personal life."
"Although signature assignments aren't the easiest assignment to complete, I love seeing course material take shape in real life. It's so fulfilling to see things that I've learned help me in the real world."
Area Learning Outcomes (ALOs)
The table provides the mission statements and learning outcomes for the five CORE and 3 BREADTH areas of general education at Weber State University.
- American Institutions
- Quantitative Literacy
- Diversity (sunsets with 2022-23 catalog; replaced with EDI)
- Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) (effective 2023-24 catalog)
- Information Literacy