Lingo and Acronyms Used at WWU
Below is a list of terms commonly used at Western Washington University by faculty, staff and students:
Faculty and staff who are available to answer academic questions and offer guidance about the academic programs at Western. Advisors are found in academic departments as well as in individual offices. Also, see Academic Support Coordinator
An academic interest is the specific subject that a student is interested in studying and possibly declaring a major in (see Major). Examples of academic interests include English, Chemistry, Psychology, Computer Science, etc. Academic interests give students access to opportunities and information specific to a major. Academic interests often change over time as a student completes courses and discovers new areas of interest. To update your academic interest, please visit the Academic Interest Update Form in Web4U.
Academic Support Coordinator
Academic Support Coordinators and academic advisors that are unique to Student Outreach Services and can help students with most, if not all, questions that students might have.
A four year undergraduate degree in a particular field (see Major). Also sometimes referred to as a Baccalaureate Degree.
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Education
Bachelor of Science
A online "book" released every year by Western that includes requirements for majors, minors, concentrations, academic policy and procedures, and a complete description of courses. Visit Western's catalog here: WWU Catalog
A special program of study within a major that provides expertise in a particular area.
Required courses within a major that are required for graduation in that specific major.
Course Reference Number. A number used to identify a specific course and section in the Course Schedule or Classfinder.
The basic unit used in measuring college courses at Western Washington University.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Required each for each year that a student requests financial assistance. Students must file a FAFSA form in order to receive aid.
General University Requirement. GUR's are courses required for graduation that spread across a broad array of subject areas and departments. GUR courses are used to help prepare students to become informed citizens in society.
Grade Point Average. For more information about grades and grade point averages, please see the Registrar's Office website for official policy information. For questions regarding grading policies with regards to COVID-19, please see the Classes and Academics webpage on the WWU COVID-19 website.
Holds are blocks that are placed on a student's ability to register. Holds indicate that there is an outstanding obligation such as unpaid tuition, library fines, etc., and they must be taken care of before students may register for classes.
An approved program of study leading to a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), B.Ed. (Bachelor of Education), or B.S. (Bachelor of Science) degree.
An approved program of study in a discipline other than the major. Minors are considered optional programs of study and are not required to graduate.
Pass/No Pass Grading
Depending on the class, a type of grading system that allows a student to earn a pass grade (or no-pass grade) that is not calculated into the grade point average (GPA). For more information about Pass/No Pass grading, please see the Registrar's Office website for official policy information. For questions regarding pass/no pass grading policies with regards to COVID-19, please see the Classes and Academics webpage on the WWU COVID-19 website.
A course required as a prior condition for taking another course and is usually meant to prepare students for courses that follow. Expl. Biology 101 is a prerequisite of Biology 102.
Resident Advisor. RA's are trained student advisors that live in the floors of university residences and they help to develop the floor community through residence hall activities and programming.
Writing Proficiency. WP courses are writing intensive courses that are required in each major and must be completed before one can graduate from Western.