General Education — Foundations
A student should achieve a level of competency in writing that provides the necessary foundation for subsequent college work and further learning and should also strengthen writing with continued practice.
Wittenberg faculty are dedicated to helping you improve your writing skills. We recognize that the ability to write well is fundamental to achieving success in a career and in civic life.
A student should be able to use the library to acquire information and to explore ideas and should understand the role of technology in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of information.
We live in the information age. Wittenberg faculty are actively involved in research and in teaching research techniques to students. Students learn research techniques that enable them to manage the vast wealth of information available today.
A student should achieve the degree of competence in a foreign language necessary to encounter another culture on its own terms and to enhance the understanding of the structure of language itself.
To understand today's world, its politics, and its economy, and to be competitive in a global marketplace, we need knowledge of the world's cultures. Wittenberg provides opportunities for students to acquire language and cross-cultural skills in the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Classical Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Many of our students build on this foundation by studying abroad for a semester or a year.
A student should be able to speak effectively within and before groups.
As citizens of a democracy, we need to be able to explain our views in the public forum. We also need to hone our speaking skills so that we can function effectively as representatives of the institutions in which we participate as part of our professional and civic life.
A student should achieve a level of competency in mathematics that provides the necessary foundation for subsequent college learning and should also strengthen problem-solving and reasoning skills through continued use.
Whether preparing for a career that requires knowledge of mathematics or preparing to make informed decisions about government and public policy based on scientific and numerical data, we must be prepared to sort through mathematical and statistical data and argumentation to function responsibly in today's society. At Wittenberg, we not only help provide you with a solid foundation in mathematical reasoning, we help you see how mathematical reasoning gives you a powerful tool for solving real-world problems.
A student should be able to use a computer to help perform a variety of learning activities and should understand the power and limits of computing.
We are committed to helping students master the technologies and sciences that help us to understand the world in which we live. Computing is integrated into classes and majors across the curriculum.