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2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022) 
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (September 2022)

The Walden University General Education Curriculum

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Bachelor’s degree programs at Walden University combine academic study with real-world applications to prepare students for today’s competitive economy and society in business, technology, education, social, behavioral, and health sciences. General education courses blend with degree program courses to provide the breadth and depth of knowledge needed by the 21st-century citizen.

Walden’s general education outcomes focus on communication, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, integrative learning, global learning, and social change. Students apply their learning as they complete coursework in communication, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences. These competencies prepare students for diverse public and professional lives where they will help shape a changing global community.

Learning Outcomes

Through the general education program, the bachelor’s degree graduate of Walden University will

  1. Employ appropriate written and oral communication techniques in a variety of contexts. (Communication)
  2. Interpret information and diverse points of view to make informed decisions. (Critical Thinking)
  3. Apply ethical reasoning to practical situations. (Ethical Reasoning)
  4. Synthesize learning from at least two fields of study to address problems individually and in collaboration with others. (Integrative Learning)
  5. Explain a variety of different perspectives, such as diversity, equity, and inclusion interests, to present a position on a public issue. (Civic and Global Learning)
  6. Examine the influences of social structures on the self, society, and civic engagement. (Social Change)

General Education Areas and Requirements

(Minimum of 45 cr. total, see individual program requirements)

Note: A minimum of 55 quarter credits* must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level in order to meet program requirements. In some cases, this means that students will need to select 3000 or 4000 level courses as either general education or elective options. Students should consult their student success advisor if they have questions about individual program requirements.

* Some programs may require a more than 55 credits to be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level. Please consult the catalog page for your specific page.

Programs Requiring Specific General Education Courses

The following general education courses are required for Bachelor of Science programs. If required, HMNT 1001 must be taken at Walden University. The other courses in this table are eligible for transfer credit. Also see the Transfer Maximum by Program table in the Walden University Student Handbook.

Program Required Communications Courses Required Math Courses Required Social Science Courses Required Humanities Courses
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)   

MATH 1030  OR  higher 



  AND two courses from the following:
other History/Government course
BS in Accounting            
BS in Business Administration         HMNT 1001  
BS in Business Communication           
BS in Child Development            
BS in Communication           
BS in Computer Information Systems          
BS in Criminal Justice           
BS in Elementary Education ENGL 1010     MATH 1040  OR STAT 3001  

HIST 2050C  


 HIST 2005  OR HIST 2006  

HMNT 1001  
BS in Forensic Psychology   
BS in Health Studies      OR
Health Psychology & Behavior concentration only:
BS in Healthcare Management      OR
BS in Human Services            
BS in Information Technology          
BS in Interdisciplinary Studies           
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program      AND
BS in Political Science and Public Administration            
BS in Psychology         

Forensic Psychology concentration only:
BS in Public Health      AND
Health Psychology & Behavior concentration only: