General Studies

Welcome to General Studies at UWF!

Be sure to explore this site. It has information that will be helpful as you navigate through your first two years at UWF. Using the sidebar to the right will enable you to navigate through the website. If you are looking for a particular bit of information and cannot find it, feel free to contact us and we shall do our best to assist you.

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 Studies 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 Studies Program is here 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.


General Studies Curriculum

General Studies Course Selection [PDF]
General Studies Curriculum from the Academic Catalog

Gordon Rule and Multicultural Requirements

Two components of the baccalaureate degree that must be satisfied prior to graduation are Gordon Rule requirements that include separate requirements for English and math and the Multicultural requirement. Please review these requirements in the Academic Catalog to make sure you are in compliance.