General Education

The University of Mary Washington has two different sets of general education requirements.

The general education requirements for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degrees apply to all students who are seeking to earn an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. diploma.

Students seeking a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree have a separate set of BLS general education requirements.

The general education course list, which indicates the courses that satisfy a particular general education requirement, applies to both general education programs.

It’s helpful for students to remember that they have four years to fulfill all graduation requirements, and they should not view the completion of general education requirements and the major as two separate activities. In fact, many of the courses that will satisfy general education requirements are upper-level courses that one might think about taking after selecting a major. In this way, the selected general education courses will connect well with the intended major course of study.

Two important restrictions apply to the courses that students take to satisfy general education requirements for a bachelor of arts or bachelors of science degree.

(1) No general education course work, except for the Experiential Learning Requirement, may be completed on a Pass/Fail basis.

(2) With the exception of courses marked as Writing Intensive or Speaking Intensive (WI or SI), one course taken fulfills only one general education requirement, even if the class is listed as an option in more than one category. A course that is listed as an option for both Global Inquiry and Human Experience and Society, for example, will be counted as satisfying only one of these categories. But a course that is an option in Global Inquiry and is also marked as Writing Intensive would be counted in both of those categories.