Level 1: Foundations

At Western Michigan University, the general education content of essential studies launches your journey through college as you develop your goals. In Level 1: Foundations, you will select one (1) course from each of the following four categories:

  • Writing
  • Oral and Digital Communication
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Critical Thinking in the Arts and Humanities

Important Note: The courses and descriptions listed below are Fall Semester 2020. For a complete list of WMU Essential Studies courses, access the PDF. Enrolled students can also access descriptions by logging into GoWMU and accessing Degree Works.