General Studies - Specific Required Courses
The range of hours for each area below indicates the minimum number of hours that must be chosen from that area and the maximum number of hours from that area that may count toward the total requirement. Some areas are subdivided, with ranges from each subdivision indicating the minimum that must be taken from that subdivision and the maximum that may count toward that area requirement. Credits earned beyond the listed maximum may be counted as general electives.
Engineering majors should consult the engineering section for general studies requirements.
Environmental Studies (2-8)
Environmental studies courses will introduce the student to environmental principles and help the student understand different responses to environmental problems and different forms of stewardship.
Students need to complete at least one of the following environmental studies courses to fulfill the general studies requirements. Courses should be selected in consultation with advisers since some courses may meet other general studies requirements.
Select one of the following:
NRSG 441: Credits do not apply towards total general studies hours.
Health and Physical Education (2-6)
Courses should introduce the student to health principles and, by stressing both theory and activity, emphasize the pursuit of healthful living. (No more than 4 quarter hours from any one area will count toward the requirement.)
Activity Courses: 2-4
Theory Courses in Health: 0-4
History and Social Science (12-20)
Courses in history and social science should help the student understand the forces that have shaped the individual in his culture and society.
History courses should interpret the sweep of cultures, instilling an appreciation for the development of civilization and an awareness of the unique place of the Christian church in time.
Social science courses should contribute to the student's understanding of the ideas, logic, and methods of the scientific study of human relations.
Social Science: 4-12
* If more than one course is selected from list, courses chosen must be from two or more subject areas.
(Must include at least one of the following: ANTH 225, PSYC 130, PSYC 344, or SOCI 204)
ENVI 385: Only two hours will apply toward the social science requirement; the other two hours will apply to natural science.
Courses in the fine arts, literature, and philosophy should introduce the student to human aesthetic and intellectual aspirations and achievements. Fine arts and literature courses should concentrate upon ideas and styles in their cultural context rather than upon the development of skills. Philosophy courses should in their manner and subject matter clearly make for an understanding of and appreciation for philosophy as a distinct mode of inquiry.
Fine Arts: 0-8
Language Arts (13-21)
Courses should introduce the student to the concepts and skills of the language arts by emphasizing the practice of effective written and oral communication. Courses in foreign language should emphasize the acquisition of such communicative skills as speaking, reading, and writing a foreign language while introducing students to a foreign culture and its thought.
College Writing: 9
Speech and Writing: 0-12
The first course in the speech and writing area must be selected from speech courses.
Foreign Language: 0-12
12 credits of elementary (1 quarter of introduction and 2 quarters of elementary) or 8 credits of intermediate (2 quarters each).
All B.A. students are required to complete a foreign language sequence of:
Mathematics and Natural Science (12-16)
Courses in mathematics should emphasize mathematical thought and practice and the relationship of mathematics to other disciplines. Courses in science should emphasize methods of measurement and discovery and should help the student to understand through theory and practice how hypotheses are developed, tested, and applied. (A minimum of 8 quarter hours must be taken from one course sequence in a laboratory science area.)
All students are required to complete a two-course sequence of a laboratory science except transfer students from accredited institutions who have completed:
- Two different laboratory sciences before entering WWU.
- One laboratory science that is not offered at WWU. In this case, the completion of any additional laboratory science will fulfill the requirement.
Natural Science: 8-12
Eight hours must be taken from one course sequence
ENVI 385: Only two hours will apply toward the natural science requirement; the other two hours will apply to social science.
Religion and Theology (16-20)
Courses in religion and theology should emphasize the understanding and application of Biblical knowledge, foster continued spiritual growth, and help the student develop a personal religious philosophy and prepare for active witnessing.
A minimum of one lower-division course (courses numbered from 100 to 299) must be completed before registering for any upper-division courses (courses numbered 300 and above).
A minimum of six credits must be upper-division.
A minimum of six credits must be from biblical studies (courses with the RELB prefix).
Students, except for engineering and nursing majors, who are seeking a baccalaureate degree must complete one of the following courses:
Requirements for students transferring credit from non-Seventh-day Adventist, regionally accredited institutions:
Students transferring 45-89 credits from non-Seventh-day Adventist, regionally accredited colleges/universities must complete 12 credits of religion/theology at a regionally accredited SDA college/university. A minimum of 3 credits must be in biblical studies (RELB), a minimum of 3 credits must be upper-division, and one of the following courses must be completed: RELT 110, RELT 202, RELT 417, or RELH 457.
Students transferring 90-135 credits from non-Seventh-day Adventist, regionally accredited colleges/universities must complete 10 credits of religion/theology at a regionally accredited SDA college/university. A minimum of 3 credits must be from biblical studies (RELB), a minimum of 3 credits must be upper-division, and one of the following courses must be completed: RELT 110, RELT 202, RELT 417, or RELH 457.
Students transferring more than 135 credits from non-Seventh-day Adventist, regionally accredited colleges/universities must complete 8 credits of religion/theology at a regionally accredited SDA college/university. A minimum of 3 credits must be from biblical studies (RELB), a minimum of 3 credits must be upper-division, and one of the following courses must be completed: RELT 110, RELT 202, RELT 417, or RELH 457.
Biblical Studies: 6-20
Religion or Theology: 0-14
General Studies Requirements for Students Who Have Earned a Previous Baccalaureate Degree at an Accredited College or University:
If the student has a degree from WWU:
The student must meet all general studies bulletin requirements for a second degree.
The student must complete an additional 45 credits to reach a minimum total of 237 credits (245 credits if one of the degrees is engineering).
A minor is not required.
If the student has a degree from an accredited institution other than WWU, the student must meet the general studies requirements as listed below.
One physical education activity course (1 credit minimum).
One general studies history course (4 credits minimum).
One of the required general studies social science courses (4 credits minimum).
Two general studies humanities courses (8 credits minimum).
Students from a university/college with non-English instruction must successfully complete an English competency exam administered by the English department or have taken courses equivalent to the College Writing sequence, regardless of the courses on their transcript.
One general studies mathematics course (4 credits minimum).
Two general studies lab science courses (8 credits minimum).
Bulletin requirements for general studies religion credits for transfer students.