General Education

Bachelor’s degree programs at Walden combine academic study with real-world applications to prepare you for today’s competitive economy and society in business, technology, education, social, behavioral, and health sciences. Our diverse and comprehensive general education curriculum gives you the foundation to connect ideas and apply crucial concepts across disciplines that:

  • Enhance your creativity as you build real-world problem-solving skills.
  • Prepare you for 21st-century challenges and opportunities with courses that emphasize social responsibility.

Our general education outcomes focus on discovery, evaluation, expression, perspective, and change, allowing you to explore new ways of thinking as you work through courses in communication, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences. Gain critical- and creative-thinking, written and verbal communication, problem-solving, and group skills.

Learning Outcomes

  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

Undergraduate students must take a minimum of 45 general education credits (see individual program requirements) as follows:

  • 10 credits in Written and Oral Communications (must include ENGL 1010)
  • 11 credits in Arts/Humanities (may vary by program)
  • 10 credits in Mathematics/Natural Sciences
  • 10 credits in Social Science
  • 5 credits within any General Education category

If required by program, HMNT 1001 is a course that must be taken at Walden University in the first term.

Note: For your Bachelor of Science degree, 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 part of either general education or elective options. Students should consult their student success advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

See below for a detailed listing of General Education areas of focus.

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