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General Education Program

The General Education Program (GEP) at Winona State University is designed to provide students with a broad base of learning in ten goal areas, coordinated with the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC):

Goal 1: Communication (7 credits)
Goal 2: Critical Thinking (fulfilled when all other goal areas are completed)
Goal 3: Natural Sciences (7 credits; *requires one course with lab, encourages courses from at least two different subject areas)
Goal 4: Mathematics/Logical Reasoning (3-4 credits)
Goal 5: History & the Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 credits; *requires courses from at least two different subject areas)
Goal 6: The Humanities & Fine Arts (9 credits; *requires a minimum of 3 credits from Humanities and 3 credits from Fine Arts)
Goal 7: Human Diversity (3 credits)
Goal 8: Global Perspectives (3 credits)
Goal 9: Ethical & Civic Responsibility (3 credits)
Goal 10: People & the Environment (3 credits)

A minimum of 40 credits must be completed to fulfill the MnTC ten goal areas.  Courses must be completed with a ‘D’ or better (Letter Grade Option) or ‘P’ (Pass/No Credit Option) to count in a Goal Area. A cumulative MnTC GPA of 2.0 is required to complete the entire 40 credit package.

Important note: The WSU intensive course requirements and physical development/wellness requirements do NOT count towards the 40 credits required for graduation from the Minnesota transfer curriculum (MnTC).

Students graduating from WSU also complete additional general education requirements, including intensive courses* in writing (6 credits), oral communication (3 credits), and mathematics/statistics OR critical analysis (3 credits), as well as courses in physical development & wellness (2 credits).

*Often, but not always, writing, oral communication, and mathematics-statistics or critical analysis intensive courses are included in a student's major program of study.