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Owens Community College Transfer Guide

General Education at Cleveland State University

Cleveland State University's General Education (GenEd08) curriculum consists of knowledge and skill components considered to be critical for all University graduates to master in the subject matter areas listed below. As a student at Owens State Community College (OCC), you may choose to take these GenEd08 courses at OCC or at CSU. Please contact a OCC advisor for guidance on courses required to receive your associate's degree.

General Education Course Equivalencies

The courses listed below can be used to fulfill General Education requirements at CSU.

CSU Gen Ed 08 Category OCC Equivalents
Writing/Composition
2 courses / 6 credits

ENG 111, 112 (C or better in each course)

Mathematics/QL
2 courses / 6 credits

MTH 110, 125, 126, 130, 131, 213, 215, 232

Arts & Humanities
2 courses / 6 credits
(from 2 different departments)

One introductory Arts & Humanities course plus one course focused on a society other than the U.S.

NOTE: 1 non-US Social Science or Arts and Humanities course must be focused on Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East. These courses are in bold italics

Introductory courses: 
ART 105
ENG 200, 201, 210, 220, 225, 251, 252, 266, 267, 280
HIS 201, 202
HUM 100
MUS 101, 102, 103
PHL 101, 221
THE 261

Non-US Courses:
ENG 264, 265, 270, 271
HIS 101, 102, 151, 152
HUM 105, 275
MUS 105, 202, 203
PHL 102

Social Science
2 courses / 6 credits
(from 2 different departments)

One introductory Social Science course plus one course focused on a society other than the U.S.

NOTE: 1 non-US Social Science or Arts and Humanities course must be focused on Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East. These courses are in bold italics

Introductory courses:
ECO 111, 201, 202
GOV 111, 207
GPH 106, 108
PSY 101, 111
SOC 101, 201, 240, 250, 280

Non-US Courses:
No courses available

Natural Science
2 courses / 7 credits (must include at least 1 lab credit)

Courses with lab credit are starred(*)
AST 101
BIO 201*, 202*, 203, 205*, 211*, 212*, 239
CHM 115*, 121*, 122*
PHY 201*, 202*, 221*, 222*
Social Diversity
2 courses / 6 credits

Must be comprised of:
  • 1 African-American course
  • 1 US Diversity course
Students transferring in more than 60 hours are only required to take 1 course

African-American Experience:
AAS 101, 120
ENG 260
SOC 220

US Diversity:
ENG 215
HIS 270

Writing Across the Curriculum/
Speaking Across the Curriculum

Minimum of 3 courses

Students transferring 60-89 hours: one course waived
Students transferring 90 + hours: two courses waived.
One WAC/SPAC course must be in the student's major.

No transfer courses count toward this requirement - all WAC/SPAC courses must be completed at CSU.

Foreign Language
  1. Students who graduated from high school in 1987 or later are required to complete one of the following:
    • Two years of a single foreign language in high school
    • An introductory level sequence of a single foreign language (generally, two semesters of 100-level study)
    • Two American Sign Language courses and one approved foreign culture course
  2. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) must complete the following in addition to the requirements detailed in 1) above:
    • An additional one year of a single foreign language in high school (i.e. 3 years total)
    • Two semesters of 100-level study in a language different than that completed in high school
    • Two semesters of 200-level intermediate study of language completed in high school
    • Two approved foreign culture courses (BMus students only)
  3. CLASS students who graduated from high school before 1987 are required to complete one of the following:
    • An introductory level sequence of a single foreign language (generally, two semesters of 100-level study)
    • Two approved foreign culture courses
    All students (especially those in CLASS) are strongly encouraged to discuss this requirement with an academic advisor.

This information is provided solely for the convenience of the reader, and the University expressly disclaims any liability which may otherwise be incurred. This publication is neither a contract nor an offer to make a contract. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, the University reserves the right to make changes at any time with respect to course offerings, degree requirements, services provided, or any other subject addressed herein.

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