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Career Ideas


  • General studies alumni have succeeded in a variety of health professions, teaching, law, social work, art, architectural design, mass media, authoring and editing for publication, politics and government, international services, sports management, church positions, and many other careers.
  • Because of the breadth of their studies, general studies students are better prepared to change careers or to advance in a field when advancement requires combining skills.
  • Advising in general studies allows students with multiple interests to assemble them into degrees. Also, students still seeking a focus may try several areas before deciding on the multi-area approach or shifting into a major or combination of majors and minors.
  • Students who desire to pursue graduate work should consider inclusion of a senior project involving research and writing. Students wishing to move directly into the workforce upon graduation should consider inclusion of an internship and/or service learning component in their degrees.


Fun fact:

Beginning in 1910, WSU sought to provide a balance of degree programs, some featuring specialization, others breadth of understanding. The general studies tradition has produced outstanding alumni, including a recent president of WSU’s Board of Regents. Over 1,100 students major in general studies every year.