General Education

General Education at WWU: The General Undergraduate Requirements (GURs)

At WWU, our general education program for undergraduate students is organized into General University Requirements, or GURs.

Purpose of the GURs

The GURs, the core of a liberal arts and sciences education, provide students with foundational knowledge and opportunities to develop, integrate, and extend their core capacities in a range of literacies. These literacies are grouped into the following six clusters (three core areas of knowledge and three core practices:

  • Core areas of knowledge
    • Social, cultural and historical
    • Civic, ethical and environmental
    • Quantitative, scientific and technological
  • Core practices
    • Communicative and Iinterpretive
    • Creative and problem solving
    • Critical and reflective

Students take a range of GUR courses that deepen their competence in these literacies. These are organized into the following categories of subject matter:

  • Communication
  • Quantitative and symbolic reasoning
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanitites
  • Social sciences
  • Comparative, gender and multicultural studies
  • Descriptions of each of the GUR categories above, along with the requirements for undergraduate students and the mapping of specific courses into those categories are maintained by the WWU Registrar’s Office: Registrar's Office GURs..

    Faculty and staff seeking more detailed information about the requirements for GUR courses and the process for proposing them can find that here. For more information on the Committee on Undergraduate Education and its ongoing review and oversight of the GURs, visit: Committe on Undergraduate Education.

    You can read the report written by CUE members that led to the adoption of the revised literacies clusters in 2019-2020 here:CUE_Report