Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I apply for admission to SJSU?
- How do i find out if the courses I am taking at another institution or college is transferable to SJSU?
- How do I transfer credit from another institution or College?
- I completed all of my lower division GE and I have passed the WST. I currently have FEWER than 60 units completed and I would like to register for SJSU Studies? (Areas R, S, V, & Z) courses requiring upper division standing, but MySJSU says I do not meet the requirements. How do I register for these courses?
- If a course I have taken at another institution or college is not articulated, but i would like to petition to see if the course can be accepted for a particular GE area, what for will I use?
- How can I get a list of GE courses?
- Do I have to take the Writing Skills Test?
- What happens to me if I don't pass the WST?
- When should I take the WST?
- What are SJSU Studies courses?
- Do I have to reapply to SJSU after I have been disqualified?
- I walked does that mean I graduated? How will I be notified if I have officially graduated?
- How do I change/add my major/minor?
- What is a Special Major?
2. How do i find out if the courses I am taking at another institution or college is transferable to SJSU?
Students can visit the SJSU Articulation website for complete listings of articulations from a variety of local and statewide institutions or colleges. In addition students may also visit assist.org for articulation of classes from prior semesters taken at a California community college.
To transfer credit from another university or College, students should request official transcripts to be sent to the Admissions Office for processing. Transcripts may be mailed or submitted in-person at the Admissions Office, located in the first floor of the Student Services Center.
4. I completed all of my lower division GE and I have passed the WST. I currently have FEWER than 60 units completed and I would like to register for SJSU Studies? (Areas R, S, V, & Z) courses requiring upper division standing, but MySJSU says I do not meet the requirements. How do I register for these courses?
Students who have been matriculated at SJSU for at least one semester, who have fewer than 60 Units completed at the time of registration, and would like to register for SJSU Studies courses requiring upper division standing will need to file a petition. Students will need to obtain the Petition to Enroll in SJSU Studies with Fewer Than 60 Units, obtain major advisor or Department Chair's signature before submitting the petition t the Office of Undergraduate Studies. If approved, students are eligible to enroll in SJSU Studies no earlier than the first day of instruction. Enrollment is not guaranteed.
5. If a course I have taken at another institution or college is not articulated, but i would like to petition to see if the course can be accepted for a particular GE area, what for will I use?
Matriculated Undergraduate students who have taken or plan to take a course that satisfies requirements of a particular General Education or American Institutions but is not currently articulated will need to file a petition with Undergraduate Studies for review.
A list of required General Education courses can be found in the SJSU A-Z Policy.
All CSU students must meet the California Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement
(GWAR) as part of their degree requirements. At SJSU, for first baccalaureate students,
successful completion of the GWAR means: 1) passing the WST and then 2) passing 100W.
At SJSU, all first baccalaureate students must pass the WST as a pre-requisite for
100W and SJSU Studies (Advanced GE) courses (Areas R, S, V, and Z).
Starting in Spring 2010, SJSU will offer courses [LLD 100A and ENGL 100A (Formerly LLD 96S and ENGL 96S)] that satisfy the WST requirement.
You will not be able to take the SJSU Studies courses. If you fail the WST once, it is recommended to take LLD 100A or ENGL 100A. Failure to pass the WST will delay your graduation. Workshops on the WST can be found at the Peer Connections webpage. You can only take your required 100W course after you pass the WST. Many majors require the successful completion of 100W course before taking any upper division coursework in the major.
You should take the WST immediately after successfully completing GE Area A3 or second semester composition course.
10. What are SJSU Studies courses?
SJSU Studies courses (Area R,S,V, & Z) are Advanced GE courses taken after the Writing Skills Test (WST) is passed. Students must have at least sixty earned units in order to take Advanced GE courses. Please note that Area Z is for major courses and you should check with your major department.
11. Do I have to reapply to SJSU after I have been disqualified?
Yes, if you are planning to return to SJSU as an undergraduate student. Students will
need to submit an application for admission through CAL STATE APPLY after their disqualification has been cleared, by submitted a Petition for Reinstatement.
Returning students must also file a Re-Admission Petition as a Former Student Returning to SJSU (FSR). Note, this petition has specific due dates and requirements, please read instructions carefully.
12. I walked, does that mean I graduated?
How will I be notified if I have officially graduated?
Participating in a convocation DOES NOT equal to graduating from SJSU. Only when a degree is posted on a student's record
does a student official graduate from SJSU.
Students can see their current status by viewing their Unofficial Transcript. Official proof of graduation is the student's official transcript, which can be requested as soon as the degree appears on the unofficial transcript. For more information, students should contact the Registrar’s Office.
13. How do I change/add my major/minor?
Students will need to complete and file a request for a Change of Major or Minor from the Registrar’s Office. Students will need to obtain signatures from the desired
major or minor department before submitting the completed form to the Registrar’s
To drop a Minor, student needs only to write a statement wishing to drop minor. Statement needs to be signed by students and dropped off to the Registrar's Office.
The Special Major is an individually designed course of study leading to a BA or BS degree when academic professional aims are not adequately accommodated by existing university-level SJSU undergraduate degree majors. The purpose of the Special Major is to give a student with a definite educational objective the opportunity to accomplish that goal. The Special Major Guidelines provide specific information about how to apply for the program.