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General Education Requirements & Electives

Some general education and elective requirements may be met by courses offered in your major, via transfer or portfolio credits, or through credits earned in college-level testing.  Please speak with an academic advisor to request a complimentary transcript evaluation.

For all majors, students are required to meet Whitworth University graduation requirements:

  • general-education requirements
  • 36 semester credits of upper-division (300-400) coursework
  • a 2.0 average in all Whitworth courses and in all courses in the declared major
  • a total of 126 semester credits. Please see the course catalog for more details.

Some programs may require prerequisites for particular courses; please check with the advisor.

General Education Requirements40 Credits
Biblical Literature 3 credits
Oral Communication 3 credits
Written Communication 3 credits 
Fine Arts 3 credits 
Social Sciences 3 credits
Humanities 3 credits
Worldview Studies 4 credits
Fitness & Wellness 3 credits
World Languages 3 credits
United States Diversity 3 credits
Global Perspectives 3 credits
Math or Statistics 3 credits
Natural Sciences 3 credits

*For evening-degree program students, the language requirement may be met in the following ways: a three-credit conversational-language course specifically designed for students in Whitworth's adult education programs, or a full year (eight semester credits or 15 quarter credits) of a modern language at Whitworth or another university.

Click here for a list of direct-transfer agreements between Whitworth University and other colleges and universities throughout the state of Washington.

Elective Requirements

Elective credits that are not included as part of your academic major or general education requirements are offered as an option to help you reach the 126 credits required to complete your bachelor's degree at Whitworth. With guidance and approval from an academic advisor, you will have the opportunity to choose elective courses that fit your professional and personal goals.