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GE Course Development and Approval

Step 1:  Determine the GE Category (Foundation, Explorations, Capstone) for which you would like to develop your course.

Step 2:  Next, identify the GE Essentials Skills associated with your course. Each course should have between two to three GE Essential Skills identified as competencies emphasized in the course. In some cases your GE category may be predetermined for you. Please see the GE Essential Skills GRID for which skills are associated with the course GE categories. You may also need to choose some of the GE Essential Skills that best match your course objectives (if they are not determined for you). See the list of GE Essential Skills and Outcomes for a description of each skill and the associated Student Learning Outcome. Sample rubrics are also hyperlinked to the skills to help clarify the meaning of each. These rubrics serve as samples, but may be used if they suit your needs.

Please note: The student learning outcomes identified in your Standard Course Outline (SCO) should reflect the GE Essential Skills identified for your class.

Step 3:  Complete the GE Action Request (GEAR) Form pdf symbol

Step 4:  Finish your SCO and any additional materials

  • For sample exemplars of approved courses, faculty should refer to the following:

    • CWL 213: approved for Explorations and Global Issues
    • ENGL 387: approved for Writing Intensive Capstone
    • UNIV 300: approved for Writing Intensive Capstone
    • THEA 427: approved for Writing Intensive Capstone
    • CRJU 304 : approved for Writing Intensive Capstone and Integrative Learning Capstone
    • GEOL 420: approved for Writing Intensive Capstone and Integrative Learning Capstone
    • HIST 499: approved for Writing Intensive Capstone and Integrative Learning Capstone
  • For Writing Intensive (WI) course proposals faculty should use the following guidelines:
  • For Writing Intensive (WI) frequently asked questions please review the following document:

Step 5
:  Submit your completed materials following the University Course Approval Process for General Education.


The GEGC will evaluate courses for inclusion into the GE program.

If you need assistance completing these forms, please contact your GEGC representatives or the appropriate associate dean of your college. You may also contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies and Academic Advising at (562) 985-7538.

If you need assistance developing or implementing a GE course please contact your interim GE Coordinator, Dr. Mary McPherson at

If you need assistance developing or implementing a Writing Intensive course please contact Dr. John Scenters-Zapico at or Dr. Linda Sarbo at


GE Course Submission Periods

  Submitted 10/1-2/15 Submitted 2/16-9/30
Courses New to the University Following Fall
Existing Courses New to General Education or Adding a GE Category Following Fall Spring Semester
Existing General Education Courses Asking to Remove General Education Category Following Fall Following Spring


GE Course Decertification

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