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General University Requirements

The General University Requirements (GUR) embody Western's belief that liberal education - education in breadth - is as important for informed and effective participation in contemporary life as specialized education. Accordingly, Western graduates devote a significant part of their study to courses in communication and critical analysis, humanities, social science, natural science, mathematics, and comparative, gender and multicultural studies in addition to completing a formal major in an academic or professional field.

Students transferring from a Washington state community college with a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree have typically fulfilled Western's GUR. To be accepted in lieu of Western's GUR, the DTA associate degree must meet Washington state Intercollege Relations Commission (ICRC) guidelines and include 90 credits, 75 of which must be fully transferable to Western.

All students who transfer to Western without a DTA associate degree must fulfill the University's GUR. This includes those students who transfer with an Associate of Science - Transfer (AS-T) degree. To evaluate whether or not you have satisfied Western's GUR, you may compare the courses on your transcript(s) with the GUR worksheet. If you have questions about a specific course, compare its description with the course description in Western's Course Catalog or consult the transferable course lists on our website.

New students will receive a Transfer/GUR credit evaluation prior to registering for their first quarter's classes, provided all final transcripts have been received by the Office of Admissions.

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