Purpose of General Education
Instead of focusing on one area of study, students have the opportunity to understand a breadth of subjects through general education courses.
WVU’s General Education Foundation
WVU’s General Education Foundation (GEF) ensures that our students gain critical skills through active learning, information literacy and civic engagement. These skills are important for students who are entering a complex and evolving world.
As well, the GEF involves innovating teaching and engages students in a challenging academic environment. Our GEFs incorporate the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ approach to a 21st Century liberal education. Through the Liberal Education and America’s Promise initiative, a robust set of learning outcomes were developed, which helped to guide the creation of the GEF learning goals.
Eight Foundation Areas
F1 - Composition and Rhetoric
F2 - Science and Technology
F3 - Mathematics and Quantitative Skills
F4 - Society and Connections
F5 - Human Inquiry and the Past
F6 - The Arts and Creativity
F7 - Global Studies and Diversity
F8 - Focus coursework
Credits Needed for Completion
Depending on the student’s choice of major, minor or dual major, he or she will complete between 31-37 credits in the GEF.