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The D'Youville Essential Skills curriculum emphasizes the practical, intellectual, personal, and social proficiency employers desire and culminates in an integrative capstone experience.

At D’Youville, we encourage you to learn not only about what you want to do, but what you’re passionate about. Our essential skills curriculum allows you to create a path of exploration with unique classes and learning experiences. You'll work with your academic advisor to discover the courses that most interest and challenge you as you learn, explore, and meet your personal and professional goals.


A New Vision For General Education

The Essential Skills experience at D'Youville is a unique learning experience that focuses on learning skills students need for success, while also allowing for exploration, experimentation, and learning beyond the classroom. The skills are aligned around three principles: practical skills, intellectual skills, and personal and social responsibility.


Practical Skills

  • Written and oral communication
  • Information literacy
  • Teamwork and problem-solving
  • Technological competence


Intellectual Skills

  • Critical analysis
  • Creative thinking
  • Scientific reasoning
  • Quantitative reasoning


Personal & Social Responsibility

  • Global awareness and cultural competence
  • Civic knowledge and engagement
  • Ethical reasoning and action

A Flexible Transfer Policy

The Essential Skills curriculum is designed to allow transfer students credit for their previous coursework while ensuring they also benefit from the expansive educational experience offered to all students at D'Youville.

Liberal Arts and Science Credits Amassed by Transfer General Education Credits Required
0-12 credits 30 credits
13-24 credits 24 credits
25-36 credits 15 credits
37-48 credits 12 credits
48+ credits 0 credits