As an important part of your undergraduate education, you will
spend approximately one-third of your college years studying in
the General Education (GE) program. The GE requirement is the "breadth" requirement
of your education at SDSU. It is designed to give you a broad base
of knowledge about the world in which you live, how you impact
that world, and how it impacts you. General Education is a place
where you are free to take a broad range of classes, explore new
areas of interest, and begin to formulate ideas about what you
might like to choose as a major.
The GE program has four major objectives: (1) to develop your
intellectual capabilities necessary to the enterprise of learning;
(2) to introduce you to modes of thought characteristics of diverse
academic disciplines; (3) to help you understand the conditions
and forces that shape you as a human being and influence your life;
and (4) to help you apply critical and informed judgments to the
achievements of your own and other cultures.
SDSU's General Education requirements consist of 49 semester
units divided into four sections.
- Communications and Critical Thinking (9 units)
- Foundations (28 units)
- Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning
- Social and Behavioral Sciences
- American Institutions (3 units)
- Explorations (9 units)
Each section of the GE program has specific educational objectives
and courses designed to meet these objectives.
- Courses in Section I, Communication and Critical Thinking,
are designed to develop your skills in the areas of written and
oral communication, and in reasoning.
- Courses in Section II, Foundations, use the skills developed
in Section I, and provide an introduction to various areas of
study. The knowledge you gain in Foundations will help prepare
you to live in our multicultural society.
- Section III, American Institutions courses provide you with
knowledge of American democracy and enable you to contribute
as a responsible and constructive citizen.
- Section IV, Explorations, courses are upper division and cannot
be used to fulfill this requirement if taken before you reach
junior standing (passing 60 units). Explorations courses build
on the knowledge you gained in the first three sections, and
provide more specialized or thematic study in the disciplines
included in Foundations.
To learn more about these GE requirements, review the materials
you received at New Student Orientation, your online
degree evaluation, General
Catalog, and the Major
Academic Plan (MAP) for
your major. The Academic Advising Center is also available to answer