General Education Requirements

About General Education

General education is fundamental to a university education.  General education develops foundational communicative, quantitative, and critical thinking skills.  It promotes an understanding of history and culture, fosters appreciation for the arts and humanities, and encourages a broad knowledge of social issues and scientific inquiry.  Attaining a general education means that students understand that all learning is connected and enriches all aspects of life: personal, civic, and professional.

General Education Requirements | Freshman

Your general education requirements are determined by your catalog year. New freshmen enrolling for the first time in fall 2021, your catalog year is 2021-22.  

General Education Planning Sheet 2021-22

General Education Requirements | Transfers

The Stanislaus State General Education (GE) program is undergoing changes with the implementation of AB 1460 Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirement. In order to honor the transfer pathway of students who started prior to the new law, transfers enrolling at Stan State for the first time fall 2021 will follow the 2020-21 GE Program. Major requirements will follow the 2021-22 catalog.

General Education Planning Sheet 2020-21

To confirm your catalog year, log in to MyStanState Student Center and go to your STAN Degree Progress report. In the top portion of the report, your catalog term is listed under “Requirement (Catalog) Term”. 

Image key:

  • “Program” is GE Program.
  • “Plan” is major.
  • “Sub-Plan” is concentration.

What is STAN Degree Progress?

If you have questions about your catalog rights and the impact on your major, please consult with your major advisor. ASC advisors can help with understanding GE and Graduation requirements outside the major.

General Education Petitions

Students may petition for waiver or substitution of certain university-wide academic requirements. Also, students may request a review of decisions affecting their academic status, or petition university deadlines. A petition form and instructions are available online. The petition form, as well as any supporting documentation, is necessary in order for the advisor to properly assist the student. A $10 processing fee via CashNet, will be charged.

Petitions within the Major Department

A request for waiver or substitution concerning a departmental major, minor, or other requirements should be directed to the appropriate department. No processing fee is charged.

Other Resources for Students

2020-21 Catalog Year General Education Resources Class ScheduleMy Academic PathwayMajor Advising Resources