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General Education Overview

The General Education program of study, together with our rich co-curricular experiences and major field of study, supports the larger philosophical commitment of Weimar Institute. Herein we encourage students to develop in all respects through our Core Values (Truth, Character, and Service) and Core Competencies. In so doing, our graduates are prepared to HEAL a Hurting World. The relationship between the three areas is depicted below.

The General Education (GE) program ensures that students gain practice and receive professor feedback in the foundational skill areas necessary for advanced study in their discipline, including the following core areas: 

  • Critical thinking
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication
  • Information literacy 
  • Quantitative reasoning

These foundational areas are included within the General Education Student Learning Outcomes (GE SLOs).

Required Courses

General Education


›   Life and Teachings of Jesus3

›   Daniel3

Choice of either:

›   Revelation3

›   SDA Church History3


›   English Composition I3

›   English Composition II3

›   Speech and Rhetoric*3


›   Biblical Preaching and Homiletics*3

*Speech required for Nursing majors, Homiletics required for Religion/Theology Majors

Fine Arts & Humanities

›   Survey of World History3

Take 3 credits from the following (min. of 1 Cr. from Music)

›   Art Elective3

›   Music Elective3

Life/Physical Sciences

›   Optimize Your Brain1

›   Principles of Health3

›   Science Elective*3

*Natural Science majors do not need to take science elective


Choice of either:

›   Survey of Applied Mathematics3

›   Precalculus I*3

*Required for Natural Science majors

Social Sciences

›   Philosophy of Christian Education3

›   General Psychology3

›   Christian Marriage & Family3

›   Leadership Elective (LEAD 101 or above)1

Practical/Applied Arts

›   Character Development and Agriculture1

›   Vocational Training1

Upper Division Electives

Choice of either:

›   Issues in Origins3

›   Abnormal Psychology3

*Natural Science majors do not need to take science electiveTotal Credits 46-49*

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • GE SLO #1
  • GE SLO #2
  • GE SLO #3
  • GE SLO #4
  • GE SLO #5
  • GE SLO #6

Health Evangelists

Students practice and promote physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual healing by leading in collaborative, community-based programming among diverse people groups domestically or internationally.


Critical Thinkers

Students investigate a controversy, problem, or question related to their major field and draw an informed conclusion.


Integrative Learners

Students develop a Biblical worldview perspective as they effectively identify and integrate one or more of the key examples, facts, theories, or concepts of their major field as they relate to Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy.


Effective Communicators

Students communicate the key (threshold) concepts of their field in both written and oral forms.


Ethical Users of Information

Students assemble and analyze information that considers diverse perspectives, the influence of context, possible sources of bias, and a priori assumptions.


Quantitative Reasoners

Students solve quantitative problems and clearly communicate their findings by interpreting and representing quantitative information in two or more forms (e.g., symbolical, graphical, numerical, etc.).

General Education Requirements

The general education requirements are the minimum required courses to receive a baccalaureate degree. Because departments have additional requirements, please see the department for more information. The minimum, general standards are listed below.

Credit Requirement

A minimum of 120 semester credits must be earned and applied toward the degree.

Course Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees. Students must complete required courses including the following: General Education requirements plus the requirements for a major, a minor (if required), and specified cognates (or related courses).
  • All baccalaureate degrees. Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester credits from courses numbered 300 or above. 

Residence Requirements

A minimum of 30 of the last 36 semester credits applied to a baccalaureate degree must be earned through Weimar Institute. 

Grade Requirements

  • Overall GPA: A GPA of at least 2.00 (C) is required in all credits.
  • Major GPA: A GPA of at least 2.25 is required in all credits.
  • Minor GPA: A GPA of at least 2.00 is required in all credits
  • No course with a grade below C- may count toward a major or minor.

Required Competencies & Experiences

The general requirements are the minimum required to receive a baccalaureate degree. Because Weimar Institute desires that all of its students obtain a well-rounded education prior to graduating, the general requirements include the following competencies and experiences:

Required Competencies
  • Office Applications
  • Information Literacy
Required Experiences
  • Baccalaureate Reading List
  • Total Community Involvement
  • Church Involvement
  • Colloquia Attendance
  • Work Education

For more information, see the following resources.




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Weimar Institute exists to help our students gain one thing. That one thing is the foundation of all true education and of all true service. It is the only real safeguard against temptation. It is the only thing that can make us like God in character. It is A Knowledge of God (Ministry of Healing page 409).

Weimar Institute was founded to impart a knowledge of God to its students. In order to do this, we embrace the principle that God offers the best, most effective methods of education, and that only by following these methods can we be sure of imparting true education to our students.

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