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.

Your general education requirements are determined by your catalog year. New freshmen enrolling for the first time in fall 2022 or spring 2023, your catalog year is 2022-23.

General Education Planning Sheet 2022-23

In fall 2021, the Stanislaus State General Education (GE) program underwent 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 2022 will follow the 2020-21 GE Program, if there is continuous enrollment per the catalog rights policy. Major requirements will follow the 2022-23 catalog.

General Education Planning Sheet 2020-21

To view 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”.

Transfer Catalog

Image key:

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

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.

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.

Updated: November 18, 2022