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General Studies Customize Your Education

The Choice is Yours

Imagine earning a degree where you can combine painting and philosophy, criminal justice and Chinese, or music and mathematics.

With three primary degree options, the WSU General Studies program offers the perfect opportunity to customize your education. You can pick two or three fields of study and we’ll help you create an academic plan that prepares you for a strong future in our ever-changing global society.


Humanities includes fields primarily about culture and the arts. There are eleven CAS disciplines to choose from: American studies, anthropology, Asian studies, comparative ethnic studies, English, fine arts, foreign languages and cultures, history, music, philosophy, and women’s studies.

In addition, students may also select apparel and interior design, communication, architecture, or landscape architecture as an area of concentration.

Social Sciences

Social sciences deal with particular aspects of human society involving interactions of individuals as members of society. Options within the college include American studies, anthropology, Asian studies, comparative ethnic studies, criminal justice, economics, history, human development, political science, psychology, sociology, speech and hearing sciences, women’s studies, and administrative studies.


Encompassing physical, life, and natural science fields,  science describes the world around us and explains how things work. Disciplines include chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics as well as areas from applied technology studies.

The basic medical sciences option focuses on coursework in biological sciences and chemistry required by many post-graduate health professions programs, including medicine, dentistry, ophthalmology, physical therapy, and nursing schools.


General Studies at WSU

The General Studies Program is part of the College of Arts and Sciences and offers flexible curricula leading to degrees in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Additional options available to all WSU students includes minors and/or certificates offered in American Indian studies, global studies, international area studies, linguistics, and religious studies.