General Education Program


News & Updates

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Want to know more about some of the great options for General Education requirements or get ideas to help build your schedule? Visit Featured Courses to find out more about available class options! 

General Education COVID-19 update: 

The General Education office is operating at normal capacity, but we have shifted our operations to take place at a distance, in keeping with best practices recommended during the COVID-19 outbreak. What else would you expect from the program that brought you a Science, Technology and Society requirement? 

As always, petition requests are best arranged via the General Education requirement petition form ( If you are seeking help with a General Education question and would like to book a web-based appointment session please use the WCS link in your WOU portal or contact our office at

For additional updates and information on COVID-19 go to:

Your academic advisor is still your first stop for help with General Education requirements. We encourage you to make sure you check in with them before submitting a petition request. 

Military Veterans and Active Duty Personnel

Make sure you file your Joint Services Transcript with the registrar’s office. You may have filled some General Education requirements already.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Intellectual foundations and breadth of exposure: Put into practice different and varied forms of knowledge, inquiry, and expression that frame academic and applied learning.
  2. Critical thinking: Demonstrate the ability to evaluate information and develop well-reasoned and evidence-based conclusions.
  3. Citizenship: Articulate the challenges, responsibilities, and privileges of belonging in a complex, diverse, interconnected world.
  4. Multidisciplinary learning: Integrate knowledge, perspectives, and strategies across disciplines to answer questions and solve problems.


General Education is a crucial component of the learning experience at Western Oregon University, providing students with fundamental skills for lifelong learning. Students apply, communicate, and integrate ideas from a variety of disciplines. They gain abilities to think and act critically as citizens of a complex and ever-changing world. The curriculum empowers students to pursue diverse interests and perform varying roles in their personal, social, and professional lives.