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  • General Education

    The Shaw University Core Curriculum represents the University's general education requirements. Based on the University’s Mission Statement and Expanded Statement of Purpose, the General Education requirements provides the foundation for students to "value life-long learning, leadership and service," be "broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences," as well as the ability to function in an ever-changing global environment. Students who complete the General Education courses should also be proficient in the areas of critical thinking, oral and written communication, quantitative reasoning, technological and information literacy, and ethical reasoning.

    Mission Statement  

    The aim of the General Education curriculum is to provide the educational foundation for students to succeed in their degree program, develop transferable and marketable skills, and the ability to apply those skills in real world settings. The program is designed to not only build competencies that studies have shown employers want, but which are also critical in an ever-changing and expanding global and technological environment.  The curriculum also aspires to cultivate knowledge essential to functioning as a responsible citizen, and to stimulate values that are vital for a fulfilled life.

    The General Education Program was revised during the 2014-2015 academic year, and the changes were implemented for the 2015-2016 academic year. All new incoming students will be required to follow the new guidelines to graduate. Students who were in attendance prior to the 2015-2016 academic year can still adhere to the previous requirements, although they will now have some more choices to fulfill certain requirements. 

    If a student withdraws from the University and remains inactive from enrollment for one year the student automatically is held responsible for the curriculum existing at the time of readmission. An exception will be made for those students who have previously earned sixty (60) credits or more, or who have completed seventy-five percent (75%) or more of the General Education requirements in place at the time of their previous enrollment at the university. Such students will have the option to either (1) complete their original General Education requirements in full, or (2) to complete the current General Education requirements in full. Those students must indicate their chosen course of action at the time of their re-admittance to the university and will not be allowed to change that selection once their course of study has re-commenced.

    Program Goals 


    For a complete overview of the program and requirements for the current year, please view online catalog.