General Education/ Graduation Program Requirements
Changes to GE/GR
The following changes to GE/GR policy requirements have been approved by the Faculty Senate and the President.
NEW for FALL 2013
1) Overlap Policy:
There is no University restriction on the overlap between GE and coursework approved for GE from your major department.
2) Foreign Language Graduation Requirements:
Some Bachelor of Science degree programs have received exemptions from this requirement; see catalog copy for your major to see if your program has such an exemption. Furthermore, please note that many of the 1B language courses that satisfy the requirement have also been approved for area C4.
NEW for FALL 2014
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.).
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.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies
Assistant to the Associate Dean
6000 J Street
Sacramento Hall 234
Sacramento, CA 95819-6016
(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.
Sacramento Poet Laureate 2009-2012
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