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SJSU Studies


Formerly Advanced GE
Students must complete 12 units of SJSU Studies courses.

  • All SJSU Studies courses must be completed at SJSU, unless a complete 48 unit GE Certification from another CSU is submitted, showing lower and upper division completed.
  • Complete one SJSU Studies course in each category.
  • Prior to enrollment, all courses require completion of Core GE, satisfaction of the Writing Skills Test, and upper division standing. (For students who begin continuous enrollment Fall 2005 or later, 100W is prerequisite or co-requisite to enrollment in all other SJSU Studies courses).
  • Students who fail the WST must consult their major advisor for appropriate preparation for SJSU Studies courses.
  • Effective Fall 2013: Students can satisfy Areas R, S, & V by taking COMM/ENVS/GEOL/HUM/METR 168A/168B: Global Climate Change. This is a year-long course: students enroll in 6 units in the Fall and 3 units in the Spring. By successfully completing this course, students will fulfill all 9 required units of SJSU Studies: Areas R, S, & V.
  • Effective Fall 2011: Second baccalaureate students who earned their first bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. are not required to take SJSU Studies unless specific courses are required by the major.
  • All first baccalaureate students are required to have a a minimum aggregate GPA of 2.0 in their SJSU Studies courses (Areas R, S, & V). If more than one course is taken in any of the individual R, S, or V areas, then the highest grade in that individual area will be used to calculate the aggregate SJSU Studies GPA. This policy is effective Fall 2011 for all SJSU students who do not have catalog rights prior to Fall 2011.

Areas R, S, and V.

9 units
Complete one 3-unit course from each category.

Earth & Environment (R)
Courses in Earth and Environment will cultivate a student's knowledge of the scientific study of the physical universe and its life forms. Students will understand and appreciate the interrelationship of science and human beings to each other.
ANTH 160Reconstructing Lost Civilizations
ASTR 101Modern Astronomy
BIOL 101Origins of Life
BIOL 110Biodiversity & Biopolitics
COMM/ENVS/GEOL/HUM/METR 168A/168B**Global Climate Change
ENGR 100W*Engineering Reports
*For approved majors only
ENGR 108Green Electronics
ENVS 119Energy and the Environment
ENVS 152Environmental Issues & Global Distribution of Goods
GEOL 103Earth Systems & the Environment
GEOL 105General Oceanography
GEOL 107Prehistoric Life
GEOL/ENVS 111Geology & the Environment
GEOL 112Hazards, Risks of Earthquakes & Volcanoes
GEOL 171The End of the World (as you knew it)
HS 172Contemporary Environmental Health Issues
LING 123Sound & Communication
METR 112Global Climate Changes
METR/ENVS 113Atmospheric Pollution
NUFS 115Issues in Food Toxicology
NUFS 139Hunger & Environmental Nutrition
NUFS/KIN 163Physical Fitness & Nutrition
PHIL 160Philosophy of Science
PHYS/ANI 123Physics of Animation
PHYS/MUSC 166Physics of Music
UNVS 109Climate Solutions Initiative
Self, Society & Equality in the U.S. (S)
In these courses, students will study the interrelationships of individuals, racial groups, and cultural groups to understand and appreciate issues of diversity, equality, and structured inequality in the U.S., its institutions, and its cultures.
AAS 175Asian American Communities
AAS 185Multicultural Perspectives within American Society
AMS/HUM 169The American Dream
ANTH/BIOL/HS 140Human Sexuality
CA/ENGL/MUSC/TA 172The Arts in US Society
CHAD 102Development of Self in a Culturally Diverse Society
COMM/ENVS/GEOL/HUM/METR 168A/168B**Global Climate Change
COMM 174Intercultural Comm & Struct Inequality
EDUC/APSC/COMM/ENGR/HA/SCI 157Community Action/Community Service
ENGL 117AAmerican Literature, Film, & Culture
ENGL 169Ethnicity in American Literature
GEOG/SOCS/ANTH/HIST 138United States in Historical & Social Science Perspectives
GERO/HS/SCWK/SOCI 107Aging & Society
HIST 170STopics Am History: Am Identities (F1)
HIST 188History of Women in the United States
HPRF/HS/NUFS/NURS/OCTH 135Health Issues in a Multicultural Society
JS 132Race, Gender, Inequality & the Law
JS 136Family & Community Violence
KIN 101Sport in America
KIN/HS 169Diversity, Stress & Health
LING 129Culture, Language and Ethnicity in the U.S.
MAS 130Chicanas & Chicanos in American Society
MAS 160Gender and Sexuality in the Chicana/o Community
MUSC 120Worlds of Jazz
PHIL/BUS3 186Professional & Business Ethics
POLS 120Law & Society
PSYC 191The Psych of Prejudice
RECL 111Leisure, Culture, & Identity
RELS 162Religion & Political Controversy in the US
RELS/HUM 191Religion in America
RTVF 110Electronic Media & Culture
SOCI 162Race & Ethnic Relations
URBP 101The City
WOMS 101The Study of Women
Culture, Civilization & Global Understanding (V)
In these courses, students should receive an appreciation for human expression in cultures outside the U.S. and an understanding of how that expression has developed over time. Additionally, students should understand how traditions of cultures outside the U.S. have influenced American culture and society.
AMS/ENVS/HUM 159Nature & World Cultures
ANTH/ASIA 115The Emerging Global Culture
ANTH 146Culture & Conflict
ARTH 193AWorlds of Art & Culture
ARTH/ASIA 193BEast Meets West in Art
CA/ENGL/MUSC/TA 173Thinking About Contemporary World Arts
CHAD 106Concepts of Childhood
CHIN/ASIA 140Chinese Culture & Politics Through Literature
COMM/ENVS/GEOL/HUM/METR 168A/168B**Global Climate Change
COMM 179Media & Resistance
DANC 102Dance in World Cultures
ENGL 117BGlobal Film, Literature & Cultures
ENGL 123ALiterature for Global Understanding-The Americas
ENGL 123BLiterature for Global Understanding-Africa
ENGL 123CLiterature for Global Understanding-Oceania
ENGL 123DLiterature for Global Understanding-Asia
ENGL/JWSS/HUM/FORL 126Holocaust Literature
FREN 102BFrancophone Cultures: Through Literature & Cinema
GEOG 112Nations, Cultures & Territorial Disputes
GEOG/SOCS/ANTH/HIST 139The World in Historical & Social Science Perspectives
GLST 188Special Topics-International Experiences
HIST 153History of Women in Europe
HIST 15520th Century World
HUM/ANTH/ASIA/RELS 114Legacy of Asia
HUM 128Perspectives on the Twentieth Century: The West in a Global Context
JS 171Human Rights & Justice
LING/ASIA 122English as a World Language
MUSC 117Music & Culture in Latin America
NUFS 144Food Culture: Consuming Passions
PHIL/ASIA/RELS 104Asian Philosophy
PHIL 110Science, Technology & Human Values
PHIL 133Ethics in Science
PHIL 134Computers, Ethics, & Society
POLS 150War & Peace
POLS 170VAm Politics-Global Perspective (F2/F3)
RELS/ANTH 122Magic, Science & Religion
RELS/ANTH/MDES 145Middle Eastern Traditions
RTVF 111Alternative Cinema
SPAN 102BHispanic American Culture
TA/ENGL 127Contemporary Theatre
TECH/CMPE/ENGR/AE/ME 198Technology & Civilization
UNVS 109Climate Solutions Initiative
WOMS 102The Global Study of Women

** Successful completion of this year-long course satisfies Areas R,S,& V.

Written Communication II

3 units
All students must satisfy Area Z by

  • earning a "C" or better in English 1B (or equivalent), which is prerequisite to registering for the WST and for 100W courses. A "C-" is not acceptable.
  • taking one of the courses listed below that is approved by their major; or
  • completing the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) during enrollment at another CSU or equivalent course work at another university prior to SJSU enrollment; or
  • Obtaining a waiver score on the WST. If you waive 100W, you only need to complete 9 units of SJSU Studies in Earth & Environment; Self, Society & Equality in the U.S.; and Culture, Civilization & Global Understanding.
  • Effective Fall 2011: Second baccalaureate students who earned their first bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. are not required to take this course unless required by their major department.

In written communication II courses, students will develop advanced proficiency in college-level writing and appropriate contemporary research strategies and methodologies to communicate effectively to both specialized and general audiences.

Written Communication II (Z)
AFAM 100W
ANTH 100W
ART 100W
ARTH 100W
BIOL 100W
CA 100W
CHAD 100W
CHEM 100W
COMM 100W
CS 100W
DSGN 100W
ECON 100W
ENGL 100W
ENGL 100WB
ENGR 100W
ENVS 100W
FORL 100W
GEOG 100W
GEOL 100W
HIST 100W
HUM/AMS/RELS 100W
HPRF/HS/NURS/NUFS/OCTH 100W
HSPM 100W
JS 100W
KIN 100W
LLD 100W
LLD 100WB
MATH 100W
MCOM 100W
METR 100W
MUSC 100W
POLS 100W
PSYC 100W
RECL 100W
SCWK 100W
SOCI 100W
SOCS 100W
TA 100W
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