University Regulations

General Education Requirements

A comprehensive description of Cleveland State University's General Education Requirements (GenEd) for undergraduate students is available online at http://www.csuohio.edu/academic/gened/ (link opens outside catalog).

Students are responsible for ensuring the appropriate selection of courses to satisfy GenEd requirements and are encouraged to consult with their academic adviser regarding the applicability of selected courses.

Transfer Students: see Grace Period

Summary Table of New General Education Requirements
(as approved by Faculty Senate, April 2007; effective Fall 2008)

Area

Course/credit Requirement

Min Credits

Further Requirements

Basic Foundation

Intro to University Life

1 course

1

Must be completed in first year.

Writing/Composition

2 courses

6

Must be completed in the first year or prior to completion of the first 30 hours of coursework.

Mathematics/QL

2 courses

6

First course must be completed in the first year or prior to completion of the first 30 hours of coursework.

Breadth of Knowledge Requirements

Natural Sciences

2 courses plus 1 hour of lab

7

Each course must be a minimum of 3 hours.

Social Sciences

2 courses (from 2 different departments)

6

Each course must be a minimum of 3 hours.

  1. One introductory-level social science course.
  2. One introductory-level social science course focused on a society other than the US.
    (Note: At least one of these courses, or one of the introductory-level Arts and Humanities courses, must be focused on Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East.)

Arts and Humanities

2 courses (from 2 different departments)

6

Each course must be a minimum of 3 hours.

  1. One introductory-level course in the arts or humanities.
  2. One introductory-level arts or humanities course focused on a society other than the US.
    (Note: At least one of these courses, or one of the introductory-level Social Science courses, must be focused on Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East.)

Social Diversity

2 courses

6

Each course must be a minimum of 3 hours.

  1. One course must be African-American.
  2. One course must be U.S. diversity course.

Transfer students with 60+ credit hours only have to fulfill half of the Social Diversity requirement. They make take either an African American Experience or a U.S. Diversity course.

Additional Components

Writing Across the Curriculum (including Speaking Across the Curriculum)

3 courses

At least 1 credit for each course

One course must be in the major program. Students may substitute one approved "Speaking Across the Curriculum" (SPAC) course for one of the WAC courses. Individual courses cannot be used to earn BOTH WAC and SPAC credit. Transfer students must take at least one WAC course at CSU: juniors (60-89 credit hours) must complete two courses; seniors (at least 90 credit hours) must complete one course.

Capstone Experience

1 course or equivalent

1

Within major program.

 

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Grace Period for Transfer Students

  1. Students who started at another institution prior to Fall 2008 and have been continuously enrolled* at that institution and transfer into CSU will have the option of fulfilling our old Gen Ed requirements through summer 2010. If that student's enrollment is interrupted, and they return to the transfer institution anytime from fall 2008 forward, they will have to complete GenEd 08 requirements. Beginning in Fall 2010, all transfer students will be expected to follow GenEd 08.
  2. Students who begin at another institution from Fall 2008 forward will not have this option and will be expected to meet the requirements of GenEd 08 when they transfer to CSU.
*Continuous enrollment is defined in a manner consistent with catalog rights policy as applied to CSU native students. Students who interrupted their enrollment at the transfer institution for one full academic year or longer (i.e. consecutive semesters, including summer) are not considered to have been continuously enrolled.

 

  1. Students who started at another institution prior to Fall 2008 and have been continuously enrolled* at that institution and transfer into CSU will have the option of fulfilling our old Gen Ed requirements through summer 2010. If that student's enrollment is interrupted and they return to the transfer institution anytime from fall 2008 forward, they will have to complete GenEd 08 requirements. Beginning in Fall 2010, all transfer students will be expected to follow GenEd 08.
  2. Students who begin at another institution from Fall 2008 forward will not have this option and will be expected to meet the requirements of GenEd 08 when they transfer to CSU.

*Continuous enrollment is defined in a manner consistent with with catalog rights policy as applied to CSU native students. Students who interrupted their enrollment at the transfer institution for one full academic year or longer (i.e. 3 consecutive semesters, including summer) are not considered to have been continuously enrolled.

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