UW General Studies


General Studies courses support the undergraduate academic experience by offering students a holistic education beyond a particular discipline.

Housed and administered within Undergraduate Academic Affairs, General Studies courses serve as a place for curricular innovation, intellectual curiosity and experimentation. Courses are created and sustained by innovative educators and programs across campus.

General Studies courses facilitate formative and transformative learning experiences and promote critical reflection. These include facilitating positive academic transitions, developing learning communities, providing academic support, offering experiential learning opportunities, and propelling students’ leadership development.


What used to be a small, relatively steady and predictable set of General Studies courses aimed primarily at students working toward a General Studies degree (now defunct) has grown into a much larger constellation of courses that morphs in innovative ways through multiple UAA programs and partner offices.

The General Studies committee works to solidify policies and procedures for GEN ST courses. We work closely with partners around  course topics and goals, keeping both consistency and innovation in mind. New courses fitting into existing curriculum structures will be reviewed by the General Studies Committee and any proposed curricular changes in course numbers, descriptions, or purpose will be accomplished through the Arts and Science Curriculum Committee.

MEMBERS 2017-18:

  • Michaelann Jundt, UAA (Lead)
  • Ryan Burt, Academic Support Programs
  • Curtis Hisayasu, Robinson Center
  • Fran Lo, Husky Leadership Initiative
  • Jim Scott, UAA Advising
  • LeAnne Jones Wiles, First Year Programs
  • Hailey Zurcher, UAA Advising