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CSU General Education Breadth

General Education (GE) in the CSU is governed by EO 1100 Revised (August 23, 2017) CSU General Education Breadth Requirements.

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CSU General Education is part of the CSU's ongoing efforts to improve student success. The recent revisions to EO 1100 focused on student-supportive changes including giving all CSU first time freshmen the opportunity to complete English and mathematics/quantitative reasoning requirements during their first year; improving transfer from the California Community Colleges to the CSU and among CSU campuses; ensuring equity and facilitating degree completion for all students.

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Purpose of CSU GE Breadth

CSU GE requirements have been designed to complement the major program and electives completed by each baccalaureate candidate, to assure that graduates have made noteworthy progress toward becoming truly educated persons.

These requirements are designed to provide the knowledge, skills, experiences, and perspectives that will enable CSU students to expand their capacities to take part in a wide range of human interests and activities; to confront personal, cultural, moral, and social problems that are an inevitable part of human life; and to cultivate both the requisite skills and enthusiasm for lifelong learning. Faculty are encouraged to assist students in making connections among disciplines to achieve coherence in the undergraduate educational experience.

Courses approved for CSU GE should be responsive to the need for students to have developed knowledge of, or skills related to, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, intellectual inquiry, global awareness and understanding, human diversity, civic engagement, communication competence, ethical decision-making, environmental systems, technology, lifelong learning and self-development, and physical and emotional health throughout a lifetime.

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CSU GE Breadth Subject Area Distribution

Area A English Language Communication and Critical Thinking

9 semester units (12 quarter units)
One course in each Subarea

A1 Oral Communication (3 semester units or 4 quarter units)
A2 Written Communication (3 semester units or 4 quarter units)
A3 Critical Thinking (3 semester units or 4 quarter units)

Area B Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning

12 semester units (18 quarter units), with 3 semester units (4 quarter units) taken at the upper-divisional level
One course each in Subareas B1, B2, and B4, plus laboratory activity (B3) related to one of the completed science courses, and 3 additional semester units (4 quarter units) at the upper-division in one of the following Subareas.

B1 Physical Science (3 semester units or 4 quarter units)
B2 Life Science (3 semester units or 4 quarter units)
B3 Laboratory Activity A laboratory course of not more than 1 semester (2 quarter) unit value, associated with B1 or B2, may be required.
B4 Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

Area C Arts and Humanities

12 semester units (18 quarter units), with 3 semester units (4 quarter units) taken at the upper-division level
At least one course completed in each of these 2 Subareas, and 3 additional semester units (4 quarter units) at the upper-division in one of the following Subareas.

C1 Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater
C2 Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages Other than English

Area D Social Sciences

12 semester units (18 quarter units), with 3 semester units taken at the upper-division
At least two courses completed in 2 different disciplines, and 3 additional semester units (4 quarter units) at the upper-division.


Area E Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

3 semester units (4 quarter units)

For more information about CSU General Education Breadth Requirements, contact:
Dr. Alison Wrynn, State University Associate Dean for Academic Programs
awrynn@calstate.edu (562) 951-4672


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