General Education Philosophy

The General Education program prepares you for success at CWU and as a citizen in our dynamic, diverse, and global society. The program fosters integrated learning, enhancing your ability to make connections across courses and disciplines and to apply a breadth of knowledge to real-world problems. It will help you develop skills in critical thinking, clear communication, creative leadership, ethical decision making, and complex problem solving. Combined with your major, the General Education program will cultivate curiosity, empower personal development, strengthen understanding of and respect for diverse perspectives, and build a foundation for lifelong learning.

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Program-level student learner outcomes are within program goals through a student's opportunity and ability to explore, engage, connect, create, and empathize in academic and/or real-world settings.

Program-Level Goals

You will explore a breadth of knowledge, methods of inquiry and reasoning, and fundamental questions.

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Component Areas

The main framework component areas have elements with the exception of the Culminating Experience.

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Planning Your General Education Experience

Planning Your Gen Ed Experience and Beyond: Academic Requirements (AR) Report and Advising

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Useful Resources for Your Success

The resources available to you that promote your academic success, health, and well-being.

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Directed Self-Placement Tool

CWU uses a Directed Self-Placement (DSP) tool to help students select and AWI course that best fits their needs.

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Assessing the General Education Program

Measuring the effectiveness of our General Education program.

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Your Questions, Our Answers

We understand that higher education can be intimidating, and we want to help you in any way that we can.

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