General Education (GE)

General Education (GE) - Program Objectives

A university brings together many separate areas of learning, yet it is more than just a collection of specialized disciplines. The SJSU General Education Program incorporates the development of skills, the acquisition of knowledge, and the integration of knowledge through the study of facts, issues, and ideas. Regardless of major, all who earn undergraduate degrees should share common educational experiences, as they become university scholars. In combination with major, minor, and elective courses, the General Education curriculum should help students attain those attributes found in an educated person.

Students who complete the General Education curriculum should be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

(focused by engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring through study in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts)

  • Intellectual and Practical Skills

(practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance)

  • Personal and Social Responsibility

(anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges)

  • Integrative Learning

(demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems)

The advancement of academic discourse requires civility and a respectful attitude toward all in the expression and consideration of a variety of viewpoints. All courses shall reinforce the ethical responsibility of students and instructors to acknowledge respectfully the learning styles and forms of expression of individuals and members of all groups.

General Education (GE) - Policies
General Education (GE) - Previous Requirements
General Education (GE) - Academic Advisement
General Education (GE) - Requirements Overview
General Education (GE) - CORE (Basic Skills and Basic Knowledge of an Educated Person)
American Institutions Courses
SJSU Studies
Major Exceptions and Modifications for GE and SJSU Studies