General Education Requirements

Summary Table

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

Introduction 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. Courses used to fulfill this requirement must be passed with C grades or better.

Mathematics/Quantitative Literacy

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 may 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 (must be passed with C grades or better)

At least 1 credit for each course

Three courses are required. One course must be in the major program. A student may substitute one approved SPAC course for one of the WAC courses.

Individual courses cannot be used to earn both WAC and SPAC credit.

A student must earn a C grade or better in a WAC or SPAC course to earn WAC or SPAC credit.

WAC and SPAC courses must be completed at CSU. A student cannot receive WAC or SPAC credit for a transfer course.

Transfer students:

  • A student transferring in 90+ credit hours must take one WAC course in his or her major. A SPAC course may not be substituted.
  • A student transferring in 60-89 credit hours must take either two WAC courses, or one WAC course and one SPAC course. Of these, one course must be in the student's major.

Pre-requisite for all WAC courses: Completion of the general education Writing/Composition requirement.

Capstone Experience

1 course or equivalent

1

The Capstone course must be completed at CSU.

A student cannot receive Capstone credit for a transfer course.