Academics

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Core Curriculum

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In addition to the liberal education requirements, WPU offers courses meant to prepare you to succeed in both your professional and personal lives. On average, more than 90 percent of our graduates begin careers or pursue higher education within a year of graduation.

Empirical Reasoning: Learn the methods for gathering, analyzing and interpreting data, with a special emphasis on validity and generalizability of findings through a required course in Statistics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. For quantitative reasoning, students will be able to interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs and tables and will have the ability to communicate mathematical information and apply mathematical and statistical techniques, as well as logical reasoning, to produce predictions and identify optima. 

Ethical Reasoning: Through the First-Year Experience and the Interdisciplinary Ethics Seminar courses, students will examine current and historical ethical topics while examining your own value systems as ethical criteria. Learn how to identify the values and priorities that underline specific ethical problems and apply ethical standards to contemporary debates.

Four Years of Writing: Written communications are an important skill for students during college and after graduation. During your time at WPU, you will take four courses with focused writing requirements taught by English faculty. You will learn and practice analyzing an argument's major assertions and assumptions; finding, evaluating, analyzing, and synthesizing appropriate sources, and as a process that involves composing, editing, and revising; how to evaluate supporting evidence; prepare arguments based on audience and occasion; and using appropriate syntax, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Public Speaking: No matter your career choice, the inevitable request to make a presentation will come from your manager. In this course, you will learn how to compose and deliver an effective speech. You will learn how to overcome the nervousness or "stage fright" that everyone experiences and practice verbal and non-verbal techniques that will help you deliver the message in any situation.

Personal Financial Management: Before you graduate and enter into the professional world, you'll learn a multitude of money management techniques. This course will focus on evaluating and establishing your financial values and goals, determining sources of income, managing income, how to prepare a budget, develop consumer buying ability, how to use credit, understanding savings and insurance, providing for adequate retirement and estate planning.

Media Literacy: Understanding online tools and communication is becoming more important for success in your academic and professional careers. This course teaches the basics of how to conduct research online, critically evaluate found resources and communication on a personal and professional level using social media and other tools. Lessons covering online privacy, copyright, and other legal and ethical issues related to the online world will be covered.

Professional Development Seminar: A series of three classes focusing on career and professional and an academic internship related to your major. Through the Professional Development Seminar, you will learn how to construct a résumé, build a portfolio, interview for a job or apply for graduate school. The series culminates with an internship requirement that will combine your education with job experience. 60% of graduates report that their internship experience resulted in a job offer. Check out what President Townsley thinks about professional development in a recent Huffington Post article!

Critical Thinking about Culture and Society: A required religion course in addition to a series of four courses designed to identify the ways in which human cultures produce values, customs and social identities through evaluating cultural expressions in regional, historical and global contexts.

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