General Education Curriculum
Wheelock's General Education program serves as the foundation for a student's academic experience. It prepares you to be an engaged, life-long learner able to draw upon a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary ways of knowing. The skills and habits of mind gained in General Education courses will enable you to enrich your personal life, adapt to a variety of professional situations, advocate for children and families, and act responsibly in a diverse and changing world.
Wheelock teaches not the details of every science and discipline, but how to teach the courses that preschool and elementary students will want to learn more about.
This video view into a marine biology class taught at Wheelock is both a good example of using project-based learning to demonstrate good teaching technique and a lesson in how to ignite the desire to learn more about marine animals and issues.
General Education courses enable Wheelock students to:
- Use inquiry and critical thinking to recognize, investigate, analyze, and solve problems and to value the process of that discovery;
- Bring wide-ranging disciplinary knowledge to their lives and professions, and pursue a lifetime of intellectual growth;
- Communicate effectively using written, oral, and digital means and appreciate the creative and practical functions of language;
- Comprehend and employ scholarly and scientific problem-solving methods, including quantitative concepts, to gather, interpret and critically evaluate data, to investigate and answer questions, and to understand the value of such research;
- Engage intellectually and creatively with the fine and performing arts, and appreciate creative expression;
- Examine, develop, and defend moral and ethical judgments, and understand and value the judgments of others;
- Connect and synthesize disparate information and ideas, and adapt to personal, intellectual, and professional challenges;
- Understand human development in its multiple and varied contexts;
- Gain an informed understanding of race, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and disability, and use that understanding to live and act responsibly in a diverse world.
You'll develop these competencies in courses that provide "Foundations of Knowledge and Inquiry" and "Ways of Knowing." In addition, you'll deepen your understanding through cross-curricular courses that fulfill requirements in Perspectives on Diversity and Upper Level Writing, and make connections among ways of knowing in an interdisciplinary General Education capstone seminar. This General Education program creates a strong academic foundation upon which our rigorous arts & sciences majors and professional majors are built.