College of Arts and Sciences

General Studies and Advising Center

Invent Your Future

The three General Studies degrees available on the Pullman campus can help you customize your education by incorporating a variety of academic interests.

Humanities are fields primarily about culture. You have studied some of these—things like literature, the arts, languages, and philosophy.

Social sciences deal with particular aspects of human society involving interactions of individuals as members of society—fields such as history, psychology, political science, and sociology.

Sciences (physical, life, and natural) describe the world around us and explain how things work. Disciplines include chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics.

Degree Components

Each of the degrees offered in general studies requires:

  • 120 total semester credits with 40 at the upper division (300/400).
  • A 2.00 cumulative grade point average at certification of major and graduation.
  • Completion of the General Education Requirements and the additional requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences (including foreign language).
  • Selection of two or three areas or fields of concentration—either closely related or seemingly unrelated but of interest to you within your academic, professional, and personal goals.
  • A significant portion of your area/concentration courses at the upper division.

General Studies degrees provide flexibility. It is easy to plan for inclusion of a variety of fields; it is also easy to revise your options as your interests change. Work with your advisor to examine and identify fields of study that most closely match your interests.

Transfer Students

Because the general studies degrees offer maximum flexibility, transfer students often find that degrees can be quickly completed in our program.

The advising staff is experienced in working with transfer students, both those who have completed "transferable" associate's degrees and those who bring a record of previous course work.


CAS General Studies & Advising Center, Daggy Hall 201, PO Box 642421, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-2421
509-335-8731 • Contact Us • Last updated January 15, 2015.