General Education Program

General Education Requirements

Study Time

The 42 hour General Education Program at WSU consists of three tiers containing four kinds of courses:




Tier 1. Foundation Courses: Four courses To be completed in the first 48 hours of enrollment with a grade of C- or better1

The Foundation Courses are intended to ensure that you have a fundamental skill in the mode of organizing, analyzing and presenting information that will be required in the rest of their collegiate studies. Thus, these courses should be taken at the very beginning of your studies. The other general education courses have components in them that address these skills to ensure that you will continue to build on what you have learned in the foundation courses.2

  • English 100 or English 101; Eng 102
  • Math 111, 112 or 1313
  • Comm 111

Tier 2. Introductory Courses in the Disciplines: complete Seven courses4, 5

Promoting its mission of providing a well-rounded education encompassing the arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences, the general education program requires you to successfully complete introductory course work in each of those areas. The introductory courses introduce you to the breadth of human knowledge and inquiry. These courses also provide opportunities to practice skills learned in the Tier 1 Courses. Specific requirements are as follows.

  • Fine Arts                                     one course
  • Humanities                                  two courses, one in each of two subject areas
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences           two courses, one in each of two subject areas
  • Natural Sciences/Mathematics      two courses, one in each of two subject areas

Tier 3. Advanced Issues and Perspectives courses and  Further Study in the Disciplines: Complete three courses6

Issues and Perspectives courses address broad issues and often use a multidisciplinary of interdisciplinary approach. Further Study courses are more focused studies in the various disciplines outside students' majors that allow them to follow up on interests developed in the introductory courses.

1Placement into Math and English basic skills courses is determined by ACT or SAT scores, high school background, or departmental placement exam. High scores on the English and Math sections of the ACT or SAT will earn credit in English and Math Basic Skill courses. Please see Counseling and Testing Center for more information.

2All foundation course requirements of the general education program must be met by undergraduates enrolled in a Wichita State University bachelor's degree program within the first 48 hours of enrollment toward the degree, not including guest student credit and AP credit. Students who do not meet this requirement will be allowed to complete the foundation course requirement in the first semester on enrollment subsequent to their having reached the 48-credit plateau. Students who transfer to the university with at least 48 credit hours earned from an accredited institution but who have not completed Wichita State University's foundation course requirements shall have two semesters to complete the foundation course requirement with the required C- or better grade. Students who fail to pass foundation courses in a timely fashion as defined above shall not be permitted further enrollment at the university except for enrollment in the foundation courses.

3MATH 111 or any math course that requires MATH 111 or 112 as a prerequisite. MATH 131 does not fulfill the prerequisite for any further math course. MATH 131 does not meet degree requirements in all colleges.

4Courses within a student's major department shall not count toward fulfilling general education requirements (this restriction applies only to one major. For students with a double major, courses in the second major could count toward fulfilling their requirements.

5An approved advanced course can be used as an introductory course.

6If a student takes two Further Study courses and one I&P course, the two Further Study courses must be distributed over two divisions. If two I&P courses are taken out of the three, a divisional distribution is not required, but at least two subject areas are required.