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Section Six - General Education

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Framework of the General Education Curriculum

The General Education program sequentially introduces students to the mastery of academic skills along with a pattern of course work that will provide graduates with an understanding of 1) self, 2) the physical world, 3) the development and function of human society and its cultural and artistic endeavors, 4)  methodologies and value systems, and 5)  processes employed in human inquiries.

The General Education curriculum is organized into three (3) sequential phases:  Foundation, Explorations, and Capstone.  Students who begin their college careers at CSULB will complete all three stages, while community college transfer students who enter the university with a fully certified lower division General Education transfer program will be expected to complete the Capstone stage only, which may include Global and/or Human Diversity.

Foundation:  Foundation courses are designed to provide development and improvement of fundamental academic skills that are critical to student success in college.  Skills most central to academic success include 1) Written Communication, 2) Oral Communication, 3) Mathematical Concepts/Quantitative Reasoning, 4) Analytical and Critical Thinking, 5) Reading for Information, 6) Information Retrieval Literacy, and 7) Basic Technology Literacy.
 
Explorations: Exploration courses are intended to provide an opportunity to explore the various ways of acquiring and examining knowledge while continuing to develop the fundamental academic skills.  Additional skills and attributes include 1) ethical reasoning, 2) analytical reading, 3) creativity, 4) respect for difference, 5) awareness of other cultures, 6) questioning of stereotypes, 7) values of citizenship, 8) negotiating skills, and (9) other attributes of use in a diverse society. 

Capstone:  Capstone courses are designed to bring the strands of General Education into focus and reinforce knowledge and skills acquired from many areas and to incorporate depth in the form of more sophisticated tools and analysis.  These upper division courses develop advanced college skills, including 1) writing, 2) synthesis, 3) analysis, 4) critique, and 5) research and 6) application of knowledge.  Capstone courses are intended to help students bring interconnectivity to the essential general education skills, disciplinary knowledge, the university experience, work, and life.

Other Components Found Within the General Education Curriculum

  • Global Issues:  All students must take one 3-unit course that focuses on Global Issues or world societies and cultures.  Global Issues courses may be found in the Explorations and the Capstone stages.
  • Human Diversity in the U.S.:  All students must take one 3-unit course that focuses on instructive examples of Human Diversity in the U.S.  Human Diversity courses may be found in the Explorations and Capstone stages.
  • U.S. History:  At CSULB, the GE curriculum integrates one 3-unit course in U.S. History.  The U.S. History course is mandated by Section 40404 of Title 5 as part of the Social Sciences and Citizenship requirements.
  • U.S. Constitution and American Ideals:  At CSULB, the GE curriculum integrates one 3-unit course in U.S. Constitution and American Ideals.  The U.S. Constitution and American Ideals course is mandated by Section 40404 of Title 5 as part of the Social Sciences and Citizenship requirements.

Subject Area Distribution

Each baccalaureate graduate shall complete a minimum of forty-eight (48) semester units of GE courses in the subject area distributions as described in the general education governing documents:  California Code of Regulations, Title 5; CSU Executive Order; and campus Policy Statement.   

CSULB General Education Framework (Effective Fall 2012)

  • English Language Communication and Critical Thinking (Category A, 9 units)
  • Science, Technology, and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (Category B, 9 units)
  • The Arts and Humanities (Category C, 9 units)
  • Social Sciences and Citizenship (Category D, 9 units)
  • Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (Category E, 3 units)
  • Capstone (Category F, 9 units)

 

Section 6: General Education
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