General Education

About General Education

Stanislaus State's General Education (GE) program is guided by the University's Mission, Vision, and Values Statement and is committed to developing in its students not only a broad understanding of many subjects, but also the ability to see the essential connections between them.

The GE Program requires students to complete 49 semester units, including nine upper-division units, of selected courses within six broad categories. The traditional program has been offered in its current overall design, with minor adjustments since the early 1970's and 2018. Enhancements to the traditional program – guided pathways, “meta-major” organizations, First Year/Transition Year organizing – help students get the most out of the GE experience and help faculty and staff support student aspirations.

Lower Division GE courses are foundational. Students learn fundamental principles, methodologies and perspectives of a discipline. They learn essential skills and gain breadth of knowledge.

Upper Division GE courses provide breadth and depth to understanding and stress the inter-relationship among disciplines. Students at the upper division level are expected to enhance their integrative learning skills.

Explore the site using the navigation bar to the left. Refer to the Academic Catalog page for further information on General Education requirements (select General Education Requirements in the left-hand navigation of the catalog).