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Competency Areas

The Project 168 program features 10 competency areas with core and elective activities. 

When completed, your understanding of yourself and your community will be greatly enhanced. And you will make a lasting impact, everywhere you go. 

Service, Civic Engagement and Activism

As an active member of your community, learn how you connect with and impact your local, state, national and global communities.

Service, Civic Engagement and Activism Core and Elective Activities

Leadership Development

Enhance your recognition as a leader among your peers with your demonstrated inter/intra/extrapersonal leadership skills. 

Leadership Development Core and Elective Activities

Career and Professional Development

Feel an enhanced sense of preparedness as an aspiring professional entering the workforce after graduation because of the equal value you place on inside- and outside-classroom experiences.

Career and Personal DevelopmentCore and Elective Activities

Cross-Cultural Competency

The diverse thoughts, identities and value systems you will engage in outside the classroom will provide a greater understanding of your community and prepare you for global citizenship. 

Cross-Cultural CompetencyCore and Elective Activities

Appreciation of the Arts

Gain a greater appreciation for liberal and creative arts and a better understanding of their importance to the culture of a larger society. Explore your personal preference either as an active participant or observer of the arts.

Appreciation of the ArtsCore and Elective Activities


A holistic and positive approach to self-care with attention to mental health and emotional and physical well-being is a hallmark of the Wellness competency. You will demonstrate a commitment to a healthy, balanced and productive lifestyle. 

Core and Elective Activities

Community Standards and Student Responsibility

Consider community/neighborly values and expectations as they relate to developing interpersonal relationships. Learn to understand community expectations through institutional and neighborhood lenses. 

Core and Elective Activities

Sense of Self

Reflect on personal values and expectations as you develop your self-concept, and have a more developed and positive sense of self.

Core and Elective Activities

Alma Mater

Feel proud to be a member of the Mountaineer community and develop a collegiate career that prepares you for success across all your identities (professional, community member, friend, family member, etc.).

Core and Elective Activities

Reflection Project

Explore and actively engage in the societal priorities impacting the state of West Virginia as a member of the West Virginia University community. WVU has a significant impact as a land-grant institution serving the 1.8 million residents of the state. 

Core and Elective Activities

How the Competency Areas support WVU's Values


As WVU Mountaineers, we seek opportunities to serve others and are committed to providing the highest quality of service.

  • Service, Civic Engagement and Activism


We ask questions, seek new opportunities and change through innovation.

  • Leadership Development
  • Professional and Career Development


We are respectful, transparent and inclusive with each other.

  • Cross-Cultural Competency
  • Appreciate of the Arts


We perform at our very best every day to create a University that is responsive, efficient and effective.

  • Alma Mater
  • Sense of Self


We support and value each other’s contributions as we build a community that is One WVU.

  • Wellness
  • Community Standards and Student Responsibility
  • Capstone Reflection Project
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