General Education/ Graduation Program Requirements


Changes to GE/GR

The following changes to GE/GR policy have been approved by the Faculty Senate and the President.

NEW for FALL 2014

I.   General Education Assessment Policy 2014

II.  Requirements

1) Total Number of Units Required for GE has been reduced from 51 to 48.

2) Area C Sub-Areas changed from C1 (World Civilizations); C2 (Intro to the Arts); C3 (Intro to the Humanities); and C4 (Further Studies in the Arts and Humanities) to C1 (Arts) and C2 (Humanities).  Students must take at least three units in each of the two areas (total number of units in Area C is still 12).

3) Area D Total Number of Units is Reduced from 15 to 12.

4) Area D Sub-Areas (D1A; D1B; D2; and D3) are eliminated; students are required to take courses in Area D from a minimum of three different disdiplines (e.g. ANTH, HIST, ETHN, GOVT, etc.).

III. Area D Learning Outcomes

1. Describe and evaluate ethical and social values in their historical and cultural contexts.

2. Explain and apply the principles and methods of academic disciplines to the study of social and individual behavior.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of human diversity in human society, for example, race, ethnicity, class, age, ability/disability, sexual identity, gender and gender expression.

4. Explain and critically examine social dynamics and issues in their historical and cultural contexts.

The General Education Office is responsible for coordinating the University's General Education Program. The office monitors all General Education courses for availability and compliance with University policy.  The office administers GE policy and acts as a liaison from Academic Affairs to the Faculty Senate General Education and Graduation Requirements Policy Committee (GE/GRPC). The General Education Office is a resource for information about General Education. New and innovative General Education programs are explored and evaluated by this office. The General Education Office is responsible for implementing the CSUS WPJ policy and the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement.

The General Education Office acts as the "home department" for special majors and First Year Seminar courses. The University's Learning Community and First Year Experience Program, the General Education Honors Program, and the Writing Across the Curriculum Program are administered by this office.

Sheree L. Meyer, Ph.D.                                              
Dean for Undergraduate Studies    

Sheree Meyer

Jay Rutherdale
Assistant to the Dean

6000 J Street
Sacramento Hall 234 
Sacramento, CA 95819-6016
(916) 278-5344
(916) 278-7648 FAX

What does General Education Mean to Us?

The Secret Names
(written for the GEmmy Awards & GE Recognition Event, December 2, 2011)

To be a child again, knowing books could change the world. Running up the narrow stairs into soft, yellow light of the old Carnegie branch, and there they are, walls of them. Librarian smiles at Dad and me, kid exchanging finished stack for more.

Now I love to read the titles of courses I will never get to take: The Nature of Culture; Form, Space, Vision; Primate Behavior. If I took all three at once, could I tell new stories, speak new tongues,
or just appear an educated gibbon at an art opening in midtown?

Clicking through the college catalog I can see him - General Ed lurking deep inside, chanting the secret names of what we hope to come to understand: The Joy of Garbage, Urban Geography, Visualization, and he winks at us. What comes from all this work?

Community Engagement, Children and Television, The List Poem: No, not “knowing,” really, but still we climb towards that warm & yellow light.

Bob Stanley
Sacramento Poet Laureate 2009-2012
Recipient of the 2011-2012 GEmmy Award for GE Community Engagement