Wilkes University

The Curriculum

The Institutional Student Learning Outcomes are addressed and assessed in the academic courses of study by way of a University curriculum approved by the faculty and comprising three components: the General Education Curriculum; the Major area of study; and the Elective area or areas of study. These curricular components are interconnected and interdependent and provide meaningful opportunities for each student to meet the requirements of the Institutional Student Learning Outcomes and develop the knowledge, skills, sensibilities, and qualities that, in the words of Dr. Eugene S. Farley, founding President of Wilkes University, distinguish an educated person.

General Education Curriculum

The General Education Curriculum is the central component of all degree programs at Wilkes University. It lies at the heart of every Wilkes baccalaureate degree and defines for all students, regardless of major, a common liberal education experience in the arts and sciences. The General Education Curriculum serves as the foundation for specialized study in a specific academic area or professional field.

Major Degree

The Major Degree area requires in-depth and extended course work and learning experiences in a specialized field of study. Major degree programs prepare students to pursue a chosen career, or meet the entrance requirements for graduate and professional schools, or both. Requirements for each major area of study offered at Wilkes are listed in the appropriate departmental descriptions in this bulletin.


The Elective area of study enables each student to pursue topics of personal interest, explore new areas of learning, or complete a minor degree, special concentration, or second major degree.

It is the responsibility of each student to ensure that all degree requirements, including the General Education requirements, are satisfied.