Requirements by college and school

Each UW school and college interprets the General Education requirements somewhat differently. If you have not yet decided on a major, we recommend working toward the requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences. If no foreign language is indicated, it means that no college coursework is required if the undergraduate admission requirement (two high school years or two college quarters of one foreign language) has been met.  

Students entering the University in Autumn of 2014 (or later) must also meet a Diversity requirement. These three credits will simultaneously satisfy other Area of Knowledge requirements and do not add to the total number of credits you need to graduate.

College of Arts and Sciences

areas of inquiry eng. comp. writing for. language rsn comments
Major – All majorsAreas of Inquiry – 20 VLPA, 20 I&S, 20 NW, 15 additionalEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 10 creditsForeign language – through third quarter of first-year sequence (min. 2.0 required)RSN – 4 or 5 credits from the RSN listComments –

College of Built Environments

areas of inquiry eng. comp. writing for. language rsn comments
Major – Architectural DesignAreas of Inquiry – 20 VLPA, 20 I&S, 20 NW, 5 additionalEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 7 creditsForeign language – noneRSN – MATH 112, 124, or Q SCI 291Comments – No ARCH except 150, 151, and 251 may count toward AoK; NW includes calculus
Major – ArchitectureAreas of Inquiry – 20 VLPA, 20 I&S, 20 NW, 5 additionalEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 10 creditsForeign language – noneRSN – MATH 112, 124, or Q SCI 291Comments – No ARCH except 150, 151, and 251 may count toward AoK; NW includes calculus
Major – Community, Environment & PlanningAreas of Inquiry – 20 VLPA, 20 I&S, 20 NWEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 10 creditsForeign language – noneRSN – 4 or 5 credits from the Q/SR list; MATH 112 or 124 recommendedComments – CEP 200 (I&S) recommended; Areas of Knowledge must include an approved Diversity course
Major – Construction ManagementAreas of Inquiry – 10 VLPA, 12-14 I&S, 24 NWEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 7 creditsForeign language – noneRSN – MATH 112, 124, or Q SCI 291Comments – VLPA includes COM 220; I&S recommended ECON 200 and CM 250. Cannot use CM 412 for Writing credit.
Major – Landscape ArchitectureAreas of Inquiry – 20 VLPA, 20 I&S, 20 NWEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 10 creditsForeign language – noneRSN – 4 or 5 credits from the Q/SR listComments – No L ARCH except 300 may count toward AoK; drawing class recommended
Major – Real EstateAreas of Inquiry – 20 VLPA, 20 I&S, 20 NWEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 10 creditsForeign language – noneRSN – 5 credits from the Q/SR list. MATH 112, MATH 124, QMETH 201 or Q SCI 291 recommended.Comments – Areas of Knowledge must include an approved Diversity course.

College of Education

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Major – Early Childhood and Family StudiesAreas of Inquiry – 15 VLPA, 15 I&S, 15 NW, 15 additionalEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 10 creditsForeign language – noneRSN – 5 credits from the Q/SR listComments – No more than 15 credits ECFS courses can count toward Areas of Knowledge
Major – Education, Communities and OrganizationsAreas of Inquiry – 15 VLPA, 15 I&S, 15 NW, 15 additionalEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 10 creditsForeign language – noneRSN – 4 or 5 credits from the Q/SR listComments – No more than 15 credits EDUC courses can count toward Areas of Knowledge
Major – Early Care and Education (Online Option)Areas of Inquiry – 10 VLPA, 30 I&S 10 NW, 10 additional VLPA or NWEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 10 creditsForeign language – noneRSN – 5 credits from the Q/SR listComments – No more than 15 credits ECFS-prefix courses can count toward Areas of Knowledge

College of Engineering

areas of inquiry eng. comp. writing for. language rsn comments
Major – All majorsAreas of Inquiry – 10 VLPA, 10 I&S, 4-10 additional VLPA or I&S, 40+ NWEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – ENGR 231 and 4 additional credits (for A A and BIO E, see department)Foreign language – noneRSN – MATH 124 +Comments – For HCDE major, see department

College of the Environment

areas of inquiry eng. comp. writing for. language rsn comments
Major – All majorsAreas of Inquiry – 10 VLPA, 20 I&S, 20 NW, 10 additionalEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 10 creditsForeign language – noneRSN – 10 creditsComments – 10 credits of I&S and 10 credits of NW must be outside the major (i.e., not a major prefix and no overlap with major)

Information School

areas of inquiry eng. comp. writing for. language rsn comments
Major – All majorsAreas of Inquiry – 20 VLPA, 20 I&S, 20 NWEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 10 creditsForeign language – noneRSN – STAT 311 or QMETH 201Comments – I&S includes INFO 200; no more than 15 credits of INFO courses can count toward Areas of Knowledge.

Michael G. Foster School of Business

areas of inquiry eng. comp. writing for. language rsn comments
Major – All majorsAreas of Inquiry – 20 VLPA, 20 I&S, 20 NWEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 2 courses (see dept)Foreign language – noneRSN – MATH 112, 124, or Q SCI 291Comments – I&S includes ECON; NW includes calculus and statistics

School of Medicine

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Major – Medical Laboratory ScienceAreas of Inquiry – 10 VLPA, 10 I&S, 40 + NWEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 7 creditsForeign language – noneRSN – 1 from a list of STAT classesComments –

School of Nursing

areas of inquiry eng. comp. writing for. language rsn comments
Major – All majorsAreas of Inquiry – 15 VLPA, 15 I&S, 26 + NWEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 5 credits + additional in the majorForeign language – noneRSN – STAT + 1 course from dept listComments – I&S includes NURS 201

School of Public Health

areas of inquiry eng. comp. writing for. language rsn comments
Major – All majorsAreas of Inquiry – 10 VLPA, 10 I&S, 20 NW, 25 additionalEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 10 creditsForeign language – noneRSN – 4 or 5 credits from the Q/SR listComments – SPH students are encouraged to use first-year language courses for the VLPA by completing the third quarter course.

School of Social Work

areas of inquiry eng. comp. writing for. language rsn comments
Major – All majorsAreas of Inquiry – 20 VLPA, 20 I&S, 20 NW, and 15 additionalEnglish Composition – 5 creditsWriting – 10 creditsForeign language – through third quarter of first-year sequence (min. 2.0 required)RSN – 4 or 5 credits from the Q/SR listComments –