Archway Curriculum Features
Like other schools, we want our students to have basic, foundational skills in mathematics, modern languages, writing and literacy. We then go beyond the introductory courses to give you an education that’s both broad and deep.
Building a great life takes great tools. Your Nebraska Wesleyan experience comes equipped with everything you need to succeed.
Curriculum requirements for traditional undergraduates and transfer students differ somewhat.
Traditional undergraduates and transfer students can learn more about curriculum requirements here.
The Archway Seminar
The first class you take here will build your foundation for academic excellence at NWU. Archway Seminars cover different topics—everything from bioethics to global conflict. But every Archway Seminar covers the same skills in researching, writing, presenting and collaborating.
Most colleges have you take “Freshman Comp” and then figure their work is done. But employers say most college grads lack the writing skills their industries demand. At NWU, you’ll take multiple writing-instructive courses beyond your first-year writing requirement, including an upper-level course in your major. So you know you’ll graduate prepared for professional communication in your discipline.
It also takes more than a semester to master public speaking. Speaking (and listening) well requires coaching, experience and practice. That’s why you’ll take multiple speaking- and discourse-instructive courses at NWU, including an upper-level course in your discipline.
Diversity-Instructive courses invite students to expand their understanding of majority/minority relations in U.S. society and to develop greater appreciation of our global society. In an increasingly diverse world where global migration is increasing at a rapid pace, where inequality based on heritage is built into social systems, and where societal problems facing all humanity will require the minds, voices, and actions of individuals from every background, students must have a deeper understanding of the diverse nature of their world. This deeper understanding will allow for movement toward social justice.
We believe in learning by doing. That’s why we built experiential learning into the Archway Curriculum. Do an internship. Collaborate on research. Serve your community. All of our students have at least two of these positive experiences—giving you opportunity both to explore a new area and to delve more deeply into your chosen field. These life-changing experiences will deepen your learning and help you stand out both academically and professionally.
The Integrative core
A Nebraska Wesleyan education is all about seeing connections. The Archway Curriculum has you choose one or two “threads”—series of interconnected courses weaving through different academic disciplines. By exploring an issue from multiple perspectives, you’ll see the overlaps that others miss. Choose from threads like “Science and Religion” and “Power.” Make bold connections and learn to see the world in a whole new way.
Many integrative core courses are also writing-, speaking-, discourse- or diversity-instructive. Some may overlap with your major or minor as well. Single courses can meet multiple graduation requirements, helping you stay on track to graduate on time. The integrative core joins different areas of your individualized curriculum to make you a stronger critical thinker.
Senior capstones and culminating experiences
So you’ve taken all the courses. You’ve followed your threads. You’ve even had several amazing beyond-the-classroom experiences. But what does it all amount to?
Most schools hand you a diploma and leave you to connect the dots. But at NWU, every student has the opportunity to do a capstone project. That might include a professional practicum or internship, a fine arts performance or exhibition, or a major research project that demonstrates to you, your professors and future employers exactly what your Nebraska Wesleyan experience means for your life.