A Wake Forest education is holistic, which is academic-speak for all-inclusive. Our commitment to educating the whole person starts with an all-you-can-experience buffet of opportunities designed specifically to provide a balanced, yet adventurous, educational diet.
Here, fundamentals walk hand-in-hand with fun. We believe innovation thrives in the presence of a well established academic core, and that knowing, understanding and transforming are forever connected to thinking, feeling and doing. Our curriculum was developed – and continually evolves – to ensure that you’ll enjoy all of the above during your time in the Forest.
In order to graduate, a Wake Forest student must finish three requirements for 120 hours of credit: a core set of classes; a course of study related to a major; and electives. The core set of classes includes basic requirements (a first-year seminar, a writing seminar, health and PE classes and foreign language literature) and divisional requirements (at least two classes in each of the humanities, social sciences and math/natural sciences and at least one in the fine arts and literatures).28
Wake Forest also offers an “Open Curriculum” option, in which a small number of students, approved by a committee, may design a course of study with an adviser that follows a liberal arts framework but does not necessarily fulfill all the core degree requirements.
- Typical hours per semester: 15
- Minimum hours required for full-time status: 12
- Minimum hours required for BS or BA degrees: 120
- The Basics
- First-Year Seminar (1)
- Writing Seminar (1)
- 200-Level Foreign Language (1)
- Health and Exercise Science (2)
- The Divisions
- Humanities (2)
- Literature (1)
- Fine Arts (1)
- Social Sciences (2)
- Math and Natural Sciences (2)
- The Elements
- Quantitative Reasoning (1)
- Cultural Diversity (1)