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Wesleyan Essentials

College is a time of both personal growth and career preparation. With a base in the liberal arts, Tennessee Wesleyan provides a well-rounded education, providing you with the knowledge you need to succeed in your chosen field, as well as skills, such as communication, writing and critical thinking, that will be beneficial in all aspects of life. The Wesleyan Essentials program allows you to design your core classes around your professional goals and personal interests.

The Wesleyan Essentials focus on Tennessee Wesleyan’s core values of inquiry, diversity, community and academic excellence. Through these courses with a focus on the liberal arts, you will develop foundational skills and abilities that are essential to success in college and beyond, as well as to a life lived in service to others. These foundational courses will enhance your skills in effective communication, information literacy, critical thinking and problem solving.

The Wesleyan Essentials program is required for all incoming freshmen and transfer students who have not completed an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from a regionally-accredited post-secondary institution. All students will also be required to take one religion course unless the requirement is met by an equivalent course taken at a regionally-accredited transfer institution.

Wesleyan Essentials course categories

Western Heritage: These courses are designed to help students develop an appreciation of the values, beliefs, institutional characteristics and historical experiences that have shaped the development of Western civilization, Judeo-Christian principles and the Liberal tradition in Europe and North America.

Cultural Diversity: Cultural Diversity courses are designed primarily to help students develop an appreciation of the values, belief systems, institutional characteristics and historical experiences that distinguish civilizations, religious principles, cultures and groups from the Western tradition.

Written Word: Courses in this category are designed to help students develop the ability to communicate effectively using various forms of expository writing.

Spoken Word: These courses are designed to help students develop an appreciation of language, including public speaking and specialized forms of professional communication.

Artist’s Expression: Artist’s Expression courses are designed to help students develop an appreciation of creativity as reflected in the visual and performing arts, literature, technology-enabled design and other media.

Scientific Perspectives: Courses in this category are designed to help students develop an appreciation of how quantitative reasoning and the scientific method can be utilized to represent, comprehend and investigate empirical phenomenon in the natural world.

Societal Perspectives: Courses that fit this requirement are designed to help students develop an appreciation of contemporary society through the application of the scientific method to the study of human behavior, social groups, as well as political and socio-economic institutions.