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Classes beginning at 4pm today on the WKU Bowling Green campus are canceled. ALL Thursday and Friday classes on all campuses are also canceled. Online classes will proceed as scheduled. WKU offices will be closed on Thursday, with essential personnel reporting.

WKU Owensboro closed at noon today (Wed., 3/4).

WKU Glasgow evening classes that begin at 5 pm today will be canceled and the WKU Glasgow campus will close at 7 pm.

WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox campus will close today at 3 pm and will remain closed Thurs., Fri, and Sat., March 5-7.

Should inclement weather make travel hazardous, residence halls will remain open until Saturday. Follow WKU Housing & Residence Life for updates.

The high school regional basketball tournament games scheduled for tonight have been canceled. Games will be rescheduled for Friday/Saturday. Follow WKU News for the latest updates. #WKUAlert

Goals and Objectives

A student completing the general education program at Western Kentucky University will have:


1. The capacity for critical and logical thinking;

  • uses investigative, analytical, and critical thinking skills to acquire information, evaluate alternatives, and make decisions
  • evaluates the accuracy, authority, bias, and relevance of information sources

 2. Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking;

  • derives meaning from various texts, evaluates arguments, recognizes explicit statements and inferences, reaches conclusions, and makes generalizations
  • uses oral and written language to create a text with a clear and significant thesis, adequate and relevant supporting evidence, appropriate documentation, and clear and valid assumptions and conclusions
  • demonstrates mastery of such essential practices as planning, invention, arrangement, revision, and editing
  • develops clear and effective prose through attention to style and grammar
  • uses rhetorical strategies appropriate to purpose, audience, and content

3. Competence in a language other than the native language;

  • demonstrates basic facility of the vocabulary and grammar of a second language
  • demonstrates basic communication skills in a second language
  • comprehends the various forms of communication in a second language

4. The ability to understand and apply mathematical skills and concepts;

  • uses the fundamental principles of reasoning that are involved in mathematics
  • uses graphical, symbolic, and numeric methods to solve practical problems
  • interprets data presented in tables and graphical displays


5. An informed acquaintance with major achievements in the arts and the humanities;

  • uses appropriate vocabulary and concepts for the description and critical analysis of literary and artistic works
  • identifies important ideas and achievements in philosophy, literature, and the arts
  • identifies various forms of literature and artistic expression
  • identifies and analyzes similarities, differences, and interrelationships among the arts
  • evaluates the contributions of philosophical, ethical, or religious systems to human life
  • attends cultural events and visits sites of historical significance

6. A historical perspective and an understanding of connections between past and present;

  • analyzes historical patterns and their contemporary significance
  • identifies interrelationships between historical events and artistic, literary, philosophical, religious and scientific works and movements
  • identifies historical developments and cultural traditions in western civilization
  • demonstrates a critical perspective on one's own culture by studying other historical periods and other cultural traditions

7. An appreciation of the complexity and variety in the world's cultures;

  • recognizes the contributions of the various world cultures to humanity and identifies the ways in which these cultures are interrelated and interdependent
  • identifies differences and similarities among the world's cultural traditions and social organizations

8. An understanding of the scientific method and a knowledge of natural science and its relevance in our lives;

  • explains how scientific knowledge is created, developed, and changed through experimentation and reasoning
  • demonstrates knowledge in one or more of the sciences, including theories, concepts, and principles that explain observations and make predictions
  • locates and evaluates reliable resources to acquire information about scientific developments
  • outlines the reciprocal relationship between humans and the rest of the ecosystem

9. An understanding of society and human behavior;

  • describes methods of inquiry appropriate to the scientific study of societal institutions and human behavior
  • identifies social processes and structures from local to global levels
  • explains how cultural, political, and economic forces affect society and individuals
  • describes basic social problems and issues, potential solutions, and their impact on people and institutions
  • identifies and evaluates the behaviors that contribute to effective political participation in the United States
  • recognizes the contributions of the diverse cultures in the United States and identifies how these cultures are interdependent
  • examines patterns of interaction pertaining to race, gender, ethnic identity, class, community, and other forms of social grouping
  • evaluates the impact of heredity and environment on human development and individual behavior

10. An understanding of factors that enhance health, well-being, and quality of life.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14