General Education

The General Education Program at Stanislaus State is comprised of the traditional General Education Program, the First-Year Experience Program, and the Summit Program. The traditional program has been offered in its current overall design since the early 1970's, although the number of units and specific courses has changed over the decades. Currently, the General Education Program requires students to complete 51 semester unitsincluding nine upper-division unitsof selected courses within seven broad categories.

The First Year Experience (FYE) Program is funded by the Title V Grant, which was awarded to Stanislaus State in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education. Working in combination with the Program for Academic and Career Excellence (PACE), the FYE program seeks to provide students with an opportunity to develop and practice the skills necessary for success at the university, with a strong focus on academic writing. Sections of English 1000 and 1001 are also linked to the FYE program forming a strong learning community in which students can solidify and enhance their academic abilities.

The Summit Program was approved in May 2004, after three years of pilot. The Summit Program provides an alternative upper division general education built around a cluster model.

Stanislaus State's General Education 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.

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

Upper Division general education 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.

Check out the Academic Catalog page for information on General Education Requirements