General Education Curriculum

The General Education Program reflects the commitment of the university and the faculty to a set of learning objectives and experiences that serve as a foundation for academic achievement and prepare students to participate effectively in a competitive global economy and to contribute as citizens in a diverse and engaged democracy. General Education presents a unique and powerful opportunity to develop the competencies necessary for long-term academic success.

Wayne State's General Education curriculum includes a minimum of 35 credits of courses, spread across three categories:

  • Competency Requirements
    • Written Communication
      • Basic Composition (BC) – 3 cr
      • Intermediate Composition (IC) – 3cr
    • Oral Communication (OC) – 3 cr
    • Quantitative Experience (QE) – 3 cr
  • Group Requirements (Inquiry Courses)
    • Social Inquiry (SI) – 3 cr
    • Cultural Inquiry (CI) – 3 cr
    • Natural Scientific Inquiry (NSI) – 7 cr
    • Global Learning (GL) – 3 cr
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) – 3 cr
    • Civic Literacy (CIV) – 3cr
  • Wayne Experience Requirement (WE) – 1 cr

General Education requirements are guided by learning outcomes, which provide frameworks for student learning and assessment.  You can find updated learning outcomes and other details related to the General Education Program in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Instructors who wish to have their course included in the General Education Program should submit a General Education Course Proposal.

General Education Reform

Our current General Education Program is the outcome of several years of consultation and reform.  In 2015, the General Education Reform Committee was charged with reviewing the current program.  They proposed a revised curriculum in 2017, guided by a set of core principles.  The proposal was discussed and revised through various university committees, and the final version was approved by the Board of Governors in 2017. You can learn more about the reform process at wayne.edu/engaging-gened.