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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.

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.