The Summit Program

Students have the option of joining the Summit Program as an exciting alternative way to fulfill 6 of their 9 units of Upper-Division General Education requirements (Area F General Education requirements). Students select a cluster of 2 courses in one of the following combinations:

  1. One Math/Science course (F1) and one Humanities course (F2); or
  2. One Math/Science course (F1) and one Social Science course (F3); or
  3. One Humanities course (F2) and one Social Science course (F3)

Some clusters also fulfill the multicultural requirement (Area G General Education requirements).

For the curricular area not covered by the 2-course cluster, students will select an Upper-Division General Education course from the traditional menu (area F1, F2, or F3).

Features of the Summit Program

  • Each cluster includes 2 courses that have been linked to an engaging topic. Faculty members will integrate the courses so that what students learn in one course will become the foundation for learning in the next course.
  • Students will take the courses in the cluster with the same classmates, enabling them to get to know each other and interact in class discussions and group projects.
  • The faculty members in the cluster may be interacting with students during both cluster courses, enabling students to develop a personal relationship with their instructors.
  • During the first class meeting of the cluster, students will complete a learning contract that summarizes information about the program.
  • Enrolling in the Summit Program can begin in the term in which a student attains upper-division status (completion of 60 semester units).
  • Any student may enroll in any cluster, regardless of his/her major, and have the cluster fulfill the Upper-Division General Education requirement in the areas indicated.
  • Summit courses used to meet the Upper-Division General Education requirement cannot be electives for a major or concentration; they may, however, be used as electives in a minor.

Enrollment and Credit towards the General Education Requirement

  • Each semester students enroll via web registration for the appropriate cluster course.
  • Students must successfully complete all courses in the cluster to have these courses fulfill 6 of the 9 units of the Upper-Division General Education requirements.

2014-2015 Summit Clusters

Cluster 1: War & Peace (fulfills Areas F1, F2, and G)

These classes will examine issues of global conflict in the post-WWII era, focusing on the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War through film, literature, and technology.

Fall 2014: ENGL 3550 Years of War, Days of Peace: Post-1945 Literature and Film, 3 units*
Spring 2015: PHYS 3550 Physics of War, Physics for Peace, 3 units

Cluster 2: The Real World: A Theatrical Work in Progress (fulfills Areas F2 and F3)

Due to budget constraints, this cluster will be offered at a later date, undetermined at this time.

Cluster 3: Humans in the Information Age (fulfills Areas F2, F3, and G)

Due to budget constraints, this cluster will be offered at a later date, undetermined at this time.

Cluster 4: Origins of Latin American Identities (fulfills Areas F2, F3, and G)

Due to budget constraints, this cluster will be offered at a later date, undetermined at this time.

*Courses designated with an asterisk fulfill the General Education Multicultural Requirement, Area G.

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