What is General Education?
Liberal education is a philosophy of education that empowers individuals with core knowledge and transferable skills and cultivates social responsibility and a strong sense of ethics and values. . .It usually includes a general education curriculum that provides students broad exposure to multiple disciplines and ways of knowing, along with a more in-depth study in at least one field or area of concentration.
~Association of American College and Universities
The General Education Program at Roberts Wesleyan College refers to that part of a liberal arts education which is shared by all students. It includes required courses which provide students with a broad educational foundation through exposure to diverse disciplines, including the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and the arts; and the development of intellectual skills, such as critical thinking and communication skills. It also incorporates a variety of co-curricular experiences which enrich a student’s academic program. Together, the core curriculum and co-curricular experiences provide students with a broad knowledge of the world, an understanding of the Christian heritage and its relationship to other worldviews, and the opportunity to examine and strengthen their own spiritual commitments.
General education is the breadth component of the undergraduate curriculum. Building upon the broad base of the general education courses, students concentrate in fields known as majors. A student’s major is the depth component of a liberal arts education. The major requires students to specialize in at least one academic discipline in preparation for employment, advanced study and/or intellectual growth.
What is the purpose of General Education at Roberts Wesleyan College?
The purpose of the General Education Program at Roberts Wesleyan College is to provide students with learning experiences foundational to understanding and integrating a Christian worldview and a liberal arts education.
The General Education curriculum is designed so that all students will
- explore values, faith and worldviews,
- investigate connections and pursue integration among disparate learning experiences,
- develop intellectual abilities and academic skills,
- understand foundational disciplinary perspectives, and
- practice responsible living.
All faculty are committed to providing and supporting a broad and liberating education that integrates foundational knowledge, a Christian worldview, personal development and skills for lifelong learning