General Education Program


News / Updates

New Course Proposal Guides are on the way!

Based on our first round of course proposals, we have refined the General Education course proposal process and built a series of course proposal resources to help build successful proposals for courses that will be well-prepared to take part in General Education assessment. Look for updates later this month. In the meantime, use the Faculty Resources menu to find current information about General Education course criteria. 

Advising for General Education

Want a little help to get prepared to advise incoming freshmen in the new General Education program? Have questions about what it might look like for a current student changing their catalog year to take advantage of the new program? Curious about how the new Oregon Transfer Compass will transfer in to fulfill the General Education requirements? We're ready to help. Come join General Education Director Erin Baumgartner and Student Success and Advising Director Niki Weight for a session on Advising for General Education: 

All sessions held in ITC 205
April 18 - 3:30pm - 4:30 pm 
April 19 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

You can also link to our resources for advisors

Explore the full List of approved General Education Courses

General Education Courses

Learn more about General Education structure and process:

Timeline for New Framework
General Education Framework

Become a part of the General Education Program:

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.


General Education


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