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Core Curriculum


The Core Curriculum is Wingate University’s General Education program for all undergraduate students, regardless of major. It provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge and essential skills, such as communication, problem solving, intercultural understanding, ethical deliberation, and wellness, which are transferable to a wide range of careers and life pathways. The Core Curriculum reflects the mission and vision of Wingate University by helping students to develop the knowledge and faith perspectives they need to make valuable contributions in service to local, national, and global communities and employers.
Similar to most American universities, Wingate’s Core Curriculum includes courses in science, social sciences, math, English, literature, fine arts, second languages, and health and wellness, but it also has some unique features to help students to understand their lives in a global context, to succeed in college, and to experience learning around a great variety of topics of personal interest. 

Global Perspectives
The Global Perspectives (GPS) courses are designed to prepare our undergraduates to thrive in the 21st century world. Through these six innovative courses, students deepen their understanding of people from diverse cultures with whom they will work, whether they live in Union county, Charlotte, another state, or another country. Global Perspectives courses help students to understand the wider picture of how global economic, political, cultural, and social forces shape their own lives and future careers. These courses are taken in sequence so that students can work with students from all majors as they build upon their knowledge and skills over the course of three years. GPS 110 is a religion course that focuses on diverse perspectives on the Judeo-Christian scriptures. GPS 120 is a world history course that explores the origins of global cultural diversity. GPS 210 is a world literature and English writing class and GPS 220 is a world politics and economics class taught by political science professors. GPS 310 explores diverse perspectives on medical, economic, and environmental ethics. GPS 320 focuses on world history since 1750, emphasizing the origins of modern institutions and issues. For more information about the GPS courses or the overall Core Curriculum, please contact the Dean of General Education, Dr. Hoefferle,

Gateway 101
Gateway 101 is a one-credit course required for first time college students in their first semester. It helps them to navigate college life and academics, develop their time-management and study skills, develop personal and professional integrity and relationship skills, and explore career pathways.  Contact the Director of Gateway, Dr. Nink, for more information.

Lyceum Program
The Lyceum Program provides students with hundreds of events, workshops, and other experiences to experience learning and personal growth outside the classroom. Students attend a minimum of 24 events in the broad categories of faith, academic lecture, fine arts, and personal and professional growth. Contact the Director of Lyceums and Multicultural Programming, Dr. Jefferson, for more information.

My experience

Ethan Call

“Coming into Wingate I wasn’t the biggest fan of the GPS classes. Who wants to take classes not in their major? But now I use them as opportunities for personal development, helping me figure out things in the world. They’ve made me a better person. Some issues I thought irrationally on, I think more rationally now than when I came in. I think I am more sensitive to others than I used to be.”

Ethan Call, Chemistry, Class of 2021