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.

Area C Learning Outcomes

C1 Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater

The learning objectives associated with C1 should focus on artistic processes and how works of art reflect the cultural contexts in which they were produced. Specifically, students completing the C1 requirements should be able to:

  1. Think conceptually and critically about medium, performance or presentation, and production for at least one art form.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of artistic production, aesthetic properties, and the way creative work is shaped by artistic and cultural forces.
  3. Have an acquaintance with a broad understanding of artistic forms, genres, and cultural sources.
  4. Be able to develop and defend informed judgments about creative work.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the conventions of at least one of the disciplines in the arts.

C2 Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages Other than English

The learning objectives associated with C2 should focus on the human condition. Specifically, students completing C2 requirements should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the conventions and methods of the study of the humanities.
  2. Investigate, describe, and analyze the roles and effects of human culture and understanding in the development of human societies.
  3. Compare and analyze various conceptions of humankind.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical development of cultures and civilizations, including their animating ideas and values.

The Office of Undergraduate Studies 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 Office of Undergraduate Studies is a resource for information about General Education. New and innovative General Education programs are explored and evaluated by this office. The office is also responsible for implementing the CSUS WPJ policy and the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement.

The Office of Undergraduate Studies 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 Meyer

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

Janett Torset
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