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The general education curriculum at Winston-Salem State University is designed to help students develop critical skills such as thinking, writing, and speaking while offering the opportunity to explore the many fields that make up the curriculum. Students are free to choose courses in the general curriculum with no single path towards fulfilling the general education requirements. Academic advising is designed to assist students in the decision making process as a pathway is chosen.

For much of the first two years students will be in the general education curriculum and will be advised by a general faculty advisor. This advisor works with no more than 10 freshmen ensuring that students get individual attention. The faculty advisors know the general education curriculum and the pre-requisite requirements for the academic majors. Most importantly, they get to know individual students - their goals, their previous experiences, and their academic strengths.

Students and faculty advisors are supported by a group of academic success counselors (ASCs) who focus on helping students navigate academic and student support services and university business processes. A group of ASCs also work with students who are in specific programs such as Honors or Athletics or who are interested in specific disciplines such as nursing and education. ASCs are available to assist all students in times when faculty advisors may be unavailable.

New freshmen and transfer students are assigned both a faculty advisor and an ASC who they will meet during orientation before the semester begins. These advisors and counselors work with students to understand the curriculum and the registration process and then walk students through their first registration.

Many students come to campus with pre-determined ideas about a major and maybe even a career. Advisors help students explore the whole curriculum while being mindful of pre-requisite courses and skills needed for particular majors. Students should be mindful that choices in the first set of courses do not lock them into or out of a major; that the choice of a major does not determine a career; and that there are many more choices of careers other than doctor, nurse, lawyer, teacher, business professional – many of which have yet to be created.

The links on this page direct students, faculty advisors, and professional advisors to information and resources to assist in the advising process and students’ pathways through the curriculum.