General Education

Welcome to General Education at UWF!

The General Education curriculum at UWF is designed to provide a coherent program of study that promotes the development of a broadly educated person with the basic knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their university studies and beyond.

Message from the Dean

Message from the Dean of General Studies, Dr. Tom Westcott


Photo of Dr. Thomas Westcott, Dean of General Studies at UWF.

Welcome to the University of West Florida and the General Studies program. You will be taking General Studies courses and your major prerequisites throughout your freshman and sophomore years. General Studies is designed to provide you with a high quality program of study that will help you become a broadly educated person and provide you with the knowledge and skill set you need to succeed in your major, professional and personal life. Specific skills woven into the curriculum fall into four broad areas: Critical Thinking, Communication, Values/Integrity and Project Management.

This website is designed to help you understand the meaning behind the General Studies curriculum and the academic requirements of the program. General Studies includes coursework in composition, mathematics, social sciences, humanities and natural sciences. The courses in the program cover a wide variety of disciplines. It is my hope, and that of the faculty, that you will use this time to explore new ideas and concepts, and broaden your horizons. I believe you will enjoy your academic journey through your first two years.

Dr. Tom Westcott, Dean
General Studies

Vision, Mission and Values


The General Edcuation program at the University of West Florida is here to provide a coherent program of study that promotes the development of a broadly educated person.


The University of West Florida General Education Program is exists to provide students with a cohesive and broad knowledge and appreciation of the arts and sciences, an understanding of the connections between knowledge of different kinds and how such knowledge is attained, and the basic knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their university studies.


Caring - A safe and dynamic learning environment that encourages the development of individual potential.

Integrity - Doing the right thing for the right reason.

Quality - Dedication to uncompromising excellence.

Innovation - Dedication to exploring and expanding the boundaries of knowledge.

Teamwork - Working together to achieve shared goals.

Stewardship - Managing and protecting our resources.

Courage - Different by design.

Global perspective - Viewing events and issues across diverse political, ethnic, and geographic points of view.

Inquiry - Seeking knowledge and understanding through an interdisciplinary perspective.


Multicultural Requirement

An important component of a liberal education is the study of cultures other than one's own. As such, multiculturalism encompasses the appreciation of the values, expressions, and modes of organization of diverse cultural communities. 

Learn more about the Multicultural Requirement.

Gordon Rule Writing and Math Requirements

To fulfill the writing and mathematics requirement for earning the first baccalaureate degree, students are required to satisfy the Gordon Rule for writing and math. Students must have a grade of "C-" or better in the courses to successfully complete this requirement. 

Learn more Gordon Rule Writing and Math Requirements.