College-Wide Degree Requirements

College-Wide Degree Requirements

Wesleyan Studies

Wesleyan Studies is the general education curriculum that replaced Shared Experience beginning Fall 2011. The College’s tradition of civic engagement and service-learning continues through Wesleyan Studies’ theme of stewardship, or the responsible management of natural, economic, and human capital within local and global communities. Wesleyan Studies encourages exploration of the liberal arts and sciences and their practical application. This education will enhance students’ abilities to achieve their potential and foster students’ capability to respond to the transitions most will encounter after graduation due to changes in careers, the re-shaping of daily life by new technologies, and in response to the call made to be responsible local and global citizens. The requirements and courses that comprise Wesleyan Studies are:

RHETORICAL FOUNDATIONS
13 credit hours

WES 100 Wesleyan Seminar (required - 3 hrs.)

Grade of C or higher required in both

ENG 105 College Composition & Research (required - 4 hrs.)
AND
ENG 201 Writing & Research about Literature (required - 3 hrs.)

3 credit hours selected from
COMM 140 Human Communication (3 hrs.)
COMM 147 Introduction to Public Speaking (3 hrs.)
COMM 255 Business & Professional Speaking (3 hrs.)

QUANTITATIVE AND SCIENTIFIC REASONING
4 credit hours from the Math pool AND 4 credit hours from the Science pool

MATH pool
MATH 162 College Algebra & Trigonometry (4 hrs.)
MATH 171 Elementary Statistics (4 hrs.)
MATH 231 Calculus I (4 hrs.) (Fall)

SCIENCE pool
BIO 201 General Botany (4 hrs.) (Fall)
BIO 211 General Zoology (4 hrs.) (Fall)
BIO 241 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (4 hrs.) (Fall)
BIO 260 Ecology & Conservation (4 hrs.)
CHEM 175 Principles of Chemistry I (4 hrs.) (Fall)
PHYS 210 General Physics I (4 hrs.) (Fall)

CREATIVITY
3 credit hours from the Theory pool AND 3 credit hours from the Performance pool

Theory pool
ART 203 Art Appreciation (3 hrs.)
ART 381 History of Art I (3 hrs.)
ART 382 History of Art II (3 hrs.)
ART 383 History of Art III (3 hrs.)
MUS 225 Survey of Music Literature (3 hrs.)

Performance pool
ART 109 Survey Visual Communication (3 hrs.)
ART 215 Painting I (3 hrs.)
ART 216 Ceramics I (3 hrs.)
ART 219 Drawing I (3 hrs.)
ENG 247 Imaginative Writing (3 hrs)
PE 107 Dance & Movement (3 hrs.)
PE 108 Dance & Movement for Music Majors (2 hrs.)
MUS 101/2 *Ensembles (1 hr.)
MUS 103/4 Concert Choir (1 hr.)
MUS 105/6 * SE IA Community Band (1 hr.)
MUS 107/8 Jazz Big Band (1 hr.)
MUS 109/110 * SE Iowa Symphony (1 hr.)
MUS 120 Guitar (1 hr.)
MUS 131/2 Beginning Piano (1 hr.)
MUS 121/2 Private Instruction (1 hr.)
MUS 221/2 Private Instruction (1 hr.)
*=audition required

UNDERSTANDING SELF AND SOCIETY
15 hours required
6 credit hours, with no 2 courses from same group (each is 3 hrs.)

  • a. REL 101 Biblical Literature
        REL 150 World Religions
        REL 265 War and Peace
        REL 300 Religion in West Civilization
  • b. PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy
        PHIL 210 Human Condition
        PHIL 215 Ethics:Life & Career
        PHIL 230 Critical Thinking
  • c. HIST 125 U.S. History Survey, 1607-1877
        HIST 126 U.S. History Survey, 1877-present
        HIST 173 Western Civilization to 1350
        HIST 174 Western Civilization since 1350

6 credit hours, with no 2 courses from same group (each is 3 hrs)

  • a. SOC 243 Social Problems
        SOC 305 Demography
        SOC 310 Race and Ethnicity
  • b. PSYC 205 The Family
        PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
        EDUC 296 Educational Psychology
        EDUC 301 Education of Exceptional Persons
  • c. COMM 333 Intercultural Communication
        ENG 341 Masters of World Literature

Required:
GL 300 Global Issues (3 hrs.)

The Center for Service-Learning & Civic Engagement: Academic-Service Learning Graduation Requirement

Traditional Day students will complete academic service-learning courses as part of their graduation requirements. The number of SL courses students must complete varies, based on each student’s entrance to IWC as a degree seeking candidate.

  1. Students who start as freshmen will complete 4 academic service-learning courses.
  2. Students who start as sophomores will complete 3 academic service-learning courses.
  3. Students who start as juniors will complete 2 academic service-learning courses.
  4. Students who start as seniors will complete 1 academic service-learning course.

Extended Learning students will complete SL320, Leadership and Service. This service-learning course is EXL students’ only mandatory service requirement for degree.

SL310 Through the course students will be paired with a non-profit organization in their local, regional, or global community to examine leadership issues within the organization and offer their assistance as a model of servant-leadership. Purposeful reflection exercises will explore connections between leadership theories and their experiential service activities. Students completing this course will understand leadership theory, identify the impact of service upon diverse stakeholders, and analyze the connection between service and leadership. [Offered to traditional students. Taught online.]

SL320 Through the course students will be paired with a non-profit organization in their local, regional, or global community to examine leadership issues within the organization and offer their assistance as a model of servant-leadership. Purposeful reflection exercises will explore connections between leadership theories and their experiential service activities. Students completing this course will understand leadership theory, identify the impact of service upon diverse stakeholders, and analyze the connection between service and leadership. [Extended Learning students only. Taught online.]

Field Experience: 6-14 hrs.

This requirement is met through the major. See major requirements in this catalog.

Safety/Survival

Requirement is to be fulfilled by one of the following:

  • CPR basic life support certification
  • Red Cross first aid certification
  • College first aid course

Graduation Requirements Compilation

Completion of Wesleyan Studies (general education) requirements: refer to the appropriate section of the catalog above.

At least 124 semester credit hours earned

At least 33 credit hours earned at Iowa Wesleyan College numbered 300 or above

Last 30 credit hours of degree must be taken at Iowa Wesleyan College

At least 52 credit hours must be earned in courses outside the division of the first major. Exceptions:

Grade point average of 2.00 or above in the major and final cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above. Certain majors have specific grade requirements: refer to the appropriate section for each major.

Completion of major requirements: refer to the appropriate section for each major.

  • Behavioral Science majors must earn at least 52 credit hours outside the Behavioral Science program;
  • Natural Science majors must earn at least 52 credit hours outside the Natural Science program.

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