Think of Wingate University’s six Global Perspective core courses as your very own GPS.

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The Global Perspectives core curriculum (GPS) is like the GPS in your smartphone: It lets you know what’s around you and helps guide you where you want to go.

The GPS curriculum is composed of six courses designed to give Wingate University students a global perspective. By taking these courses, you’ll learn to think critically, understand global cultures and communicate clearly. These skills benefit you in any major you choose.

Six Courses

The six GPS courses help guide you and offer a global perspective:

  • GPS 110: Scripture (taught by the Department of Religion & Philosophy)
    Stories of love, war, sex, and violence; the Bible may surprise you. How people from different times and places read it may surprise you. Reading Scripture together offers us a way to understand ourselves and one other.
  • GPS 120: World Cultures (taught by the Department of History & Political Science)
    Why is the world the way it is today? How can we change the world? How does the world change us? You can’t appreciate and critique your cultural traditions until you understand how they relate to other traditions.
  • GPS 210: Literature (taught by the Department of English & Modern Languages)
    Fiction helps us understand reality. Reading and discussing literature from the ancient world to the 21st century helps us navigate the truths and realities of today.
  • GPS 220: Economics / Political Science (taught by the Department of History & Political Science)
    Even if you’re not interested in politics and economics, political and economic agents are certainly interested in you. To thrive within our political and economic systems, you must first understand them.
  • GPS 310: Ethics (taught by the Department of Religion & Philosophy)
    Should we drive electric cars? Should we clone humans? Should we shop at Walmart? Answers to these questions require informed reflection on environmental, medical and business ethics from a variety of perspectives.
  • GPS 320: Global Histories (taught by the Department of History & Political Science)
    What does it mean when we can communicate instantaneously with others around the world? To thrive in an interconnected world, we must understand how it developed through the study of modern world history.

The Importance of GPS

The Global Perspectives core program is designed to ensure that our graduates are prepared to live, work and thrive in an internationalized world. We believe the GPS core curriculum provides comparative studies in areas that are critical to leadership roles in the 21st century. The six Global Perspectives courses are taken sequentially over a student’s first six semesters as an enrolled student.

Connect to Your Major

All GPS courses relate to every major, even if indirectly. These six courses teach students to:

  • Think critically
  • Understand global cultures
  • Write and speak clearly and substantively

No matter what your major is, you will benefit from possessing these skills.

Requirements

All students, unless they have credits accepted by the Registrar in place of a GPS course or courses, are required to take all six courses.

A Diverse Faculty

Faculty from six different disciplines teach these courses. As a result, students are taught by experts in economics, English, history, philosophy, political science and religion.

Sequences Matter

GPS courses must be taken in order based on their hundred-level numbers. That means GPS 220 can be taken before GPS 210 but not before GPS 320.