Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree

General Education Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree

The General Education requirements encompass a broad program of study in Liberal Arts, Humanities, Math, English, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences designed to provide every Wilmington University student with the essential foundation needed for success both in a chosen career field as well as in life.  This core of study offers students grounding in cultural and aesthetic appreciation, development of effective communication skills, and training in critical thinking and scientific analysis with the aim of becoming ethically and socially responsible world citizens. The General Education core is designed to equip students with the intellectual and practical tools needed for living successfully in a rapidly changing and diverse society.

General Education courses have been selected to complement each program of study and the number of credits may vary by degree program. The following is a list of the requirements for the baccalaureate degree:

Citizenship (See program requirement) 3 credits
Computer Operations (See program requirement) 3 credits
Critical Thinking 3 credits
Economics (See program requirement) 3 credits
English 12 credits
Humanities 6 credits
Mathematics (See program requirement) 3 credits
Natural Science (See program requirement) 3 or 4 credits
Social Science 3 credits
Total credits 39 - 40 credits

Students must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for graduation with a baccalaureate degree:

    1. Complete course requirements in the major field of study, including the General Education Requirements.
    2. Complete 30 credit hours of residency at Wilmington University. Residency credit may include 15 credit hours of challenge by exam and/or prior learning assessment.
    3. Achieve an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
    4. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in the major field of study.
    5. Complete at least 30 credit hours of upper division (300-400 level) course work.
    6. Demonstrate competence in verbal and written communications and computational skills.
    7. Complete a minimum of 120 total credit hours required for degree completion.

      The First Year Experience Course (FYE 101) is required of all new freshmen with 0-15 transferred credits. Generally this course will be used in place of a Free Elective. Eligible students are required to complete the course during their first semester.

Second Bachelor's Degree

A minimum of 30 additional upper level credit hours above the total credit hour requirement for the first bachelor’s degree must be completed in order to earn a second bachelor’s degree, and all course requirements of the second degree must be met. The 30 additional credit hours required to earn the second degree must be earned at Wilmington University. Completion of the two degrees does not have to occur simultaneously. As long as a student earns the minimum additional credits and the specific program requirements are met, the second degree may be completed at a later time.