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WSU TRANSFER GUIDES

General Education Requirement Options

Transfer students who have completed 24 or more hours of approved college curricula at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution since their high school graduation date, before starting classes at WSU as a degree-bound student, will have the option of following either:

A. The WSU General Education Program Requirements

OR

B. The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) Transfer and Articulation General Education Policy

A. WSU General Education Program requirements

  • The WSU General Education Program requires 42 credit hours:
    • 12 hours of Foundation courses, including:
      • 6 hours of English Composition
      • 3 hours of Public Speaking 
      • 3 hours of college level Mathematics (Algebra)
    • One Fine Arts Introductory course (not performance courses)
    • Humanities: two Introductory courses in two different disciplines       
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences: two Introductory courses in two different disciplines
    • Mathematics & Natural Sciences: two Introductory courses in two different disciplines – one must be from Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics (some majors require a lab)
    • A total of three advanced study courses are required. Two Further Study courses and one Issues and Pespectives (I&P) course. Or, two I&P and one further study. If a student takes two advanced further study courses and one advanced I&P course, the two advanced further study courses must be distributed over two divsions. If two advanced I&P courses are taken out of three, a divisional distribution is not required, but at least two subject areas are required.

WSU General Education Requirement Details

  1. A student transferring to WSU having earned an AA or AS degree from a Kansas public Community College will be considered to have satisfied WSU's general education curriculum provided that he or she successfully completes at WSU (with a grade of C- or better) two Tier 3 general education courses numbered 300 or above (Tier 3 courses are those designated as Advanced Further Studies or Issues & Perspectives). If a student takes two advanced further study courses and one advanced I&P course, the two advanced further study courses must be distributed over two divisions. If two advanced I&P courses are taken out of three, a divisional distribution is not required, but at least two subject areas are required. Students must also complete the Foundation Skills courses of English 101 and 102, Communication 111 (public speaking) and Math 111 or equivalent (college algebra).
  2. General Education courses are WSU courses that are on the approved list (see the WSU Catalog) and those transfer courses identified in WSU’s database as meeting WSU General Education guidelines. Gen Ed transfer courses by Kansas institution can be accessed using the General Education Transfer Courses app.
  3. No course in the student’s primary major department may be used to satisfy a General Education requirement.
  4. How a course transfers -- the WSU equivalency -- determines its division (Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, etc.), not the subject area or division at the sending institution.
  5. Completion of the University General Education requirements does not mean that specific college course requirements have been met, even though those courses at WSU might also be Gen Ed courses.

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B. Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) Transfer and Articulation Policy (2007)

The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) Transfer and Articulation Policy (2007) indicates that to satisfy “the general education requirements for the bachelor degree of all Kansas public universities, a minimum of 45 credit hours of general education with distribution in the following fields will be required.” These courses must be approved for general education.

  • 12 hours of Foundation courses, including:
    • 6 hours of English Composition
    • 3 hours of Public Speaking or Speech Communication
    • 3 hours of college level Mathematics (Algebra)
  • 12 hours of Humanities courses from at least 3 of the following disciplines:
    • Art History   
    • Music (not performance courses)
    • Communication
    • Dance, Theatre (not performance courses)
    • History
    • English or Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Modern Languages (3rd semester or above)
    • Women’s Studies
    • Religion
  • 12 hours of Social and Behavioral Science courses from at least 3 of the following disciplines:
    • Anthropology
    • Ethnic Studies
    • Psychology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Geography
    • Sociology
    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Social Work
  • 9 hours of Mathematics, Natural/Physical Science courses from at least two disciplines:
    • Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Mathematics (one science course must include a lab)

RN-to-BSN and Dental Hygiene Degree Completion Students*

A student enrolled in WSU's RN-to-BSN degree completion program having earned an associate degree in nursing will be considered to have satisfied WSU's General Education curriculum provided that he or she successfully completes (with a grade of C- or better) two Issues & Perspectives courses.

A student enrolled in WSU's Dental Hygiene degree completion program having earned an associate degree in dental hygiene will be considered to have satisfied WSU's General Education curriculum provided that he or she successfully completes (with a grade of C- or better) two Issues & Perspectives courses.

*These policies are effective for any student graduation from WSU Fall 2014 or beyond.