General University Requirements

The General University Requirements (GUR) embody Western's conviction that the breadth provided by our liberal arts and sciences curriculum is important for informed and effective participation in contemporary life. As such, Western students devote a significant portion 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. In addition, English Composition must be completed with a grade of C- or better, or by earning an Advanced Placement (AP) score of 4 or higher on either the English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition exam.

All students who transfer to Western without a DTA associate degree must fulfill the University's GUR. This includes 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 our GUR worksheet [pdf]. If you have questions about a specific course, consult the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide or compare its description with the course descriptions in Western’s Catalog.

Prior to registering for their first quarter's classes, new students will receive a transfer credit evaluation provided all final transcripts have been received by the Office of Admissions. The transfer credit evaluation will include information about how previous coursework applies towards GUR.