General Education Course Proposals

2021 GE Guidelines Revisions

Draft 2021 GE Guidelines [pdf] and Draft Mapping of GE PLOs to GELOs [pdf] for Public Comment. Accepting feedback until February 19, 2021.

Proposing a GE Course

To certify a new or existing course as a General Education (GE) course, submit a proposal for a New Course or to Modify an Existing Course in Curriculog (instructions linked). 

In the appropriate Curriculog proposal, you must do the following: 

  1. Complete the section on the appropriate Curriculog form titled "General Education Certification" where you will identify the GE area the course will fulfill, how the course will be taught, and an assessment schedule. Refer to pages 17-44 of the General Education Guidelines (2014) [pdf] for specific information for each GE Area, American Institutions, or the Undergraduate GWAR / Writing requirements. 
    1. Instruction. Describe how the course will be taught (included on Curriculog form):
      1. Methods of instruction (e.g., lectures, discussions, small groups, simulation), pointing out opportunities for active student learning; explicitly address the ways in which online and hybrid delivery of content will be used if the course will not be taught exclusively in person.
      2. General qualifications of all those who might teach the course, with areas of expertise, experience, and training.
      3. Description of how the course will be coordinated to ensure consistent implementation and assessment across all sections of the course.

    2. Assessment Schedule. Include an Assessment Schedule for the remainder of the departmental Program Planning cycle. For an Assessment Schedule sample, refer to page 14 of the General Education Guidelines (2014) [pdf]

      Area F: Ethnic Studies. Learning outcomes, processes for certifying courses and other requirements for Area F have not yet been developed. This will be the task of the Ethnic Studies General Education Review Panel that is being formed by the Academic Senate at this time.

  2. Course Syllabus. The Center for Faculty Development (CFD) maintains a Syllabus template (per University Policy S16-9). The syllabus must demonstrate how the course addresses GE Area goals directly and substantively by:
    1. Providing excellent examples of course activities/experiences/assignments that are clearly linked to each of the student learning outcomes and providing ample opportunity for meaningful assessment.
    2. Illustrating how the course meets the content requirements of the GE Area(s) across a significant portion of the course; the description must be applicable to all sections of the course, regardless of instructor or department for cross-listed courses.
    3. Explicit connections or linkages between the Student Learning Outcomes for the General Education Area and the course activities/experiences/assignments that are designed to meet these outcomes.
    4. Topics or subjects covered in the course should be included, generally in the form of a week by week course schedule.
    5. Include specifics relating to how assignments meet writing requirements.
    6. Prerequisite Requirement:
      1. For Basic Skills courses (A1, A2, A3, B4), the course syllabi must state, “This course must be passed with a C- or better as a CSU graduation requirement.”
      2. For SJSU Studies (R, S, V) course syllabi must state, “Students are strongly encouraged to satisfy GE Areas R, S, and V with courses from departments other than the major department. Completion of, or co-registration in, a 100W course is strongly recommended. A minimum aggregate GPA of 2.0 in GE Areas R, S, & V shall be required of all students.”
      3. For 100W courses (Z), the course syllabi must state, “This course must be passed with a C or better as a CSU graduation requirement.”

Approval Process and Timeline

Department submits a New Course or Modify an Existing Course in Curriculog (instructions linked).

  1. Department Chair reviews requests.
  2. College Curriculum Committee reviews requests.
  3. College Associate Dean reviews requests no later than October 1 (for the following fall) or March 15 (for the following spring). This ensures there is enough time for the academic catalog, tentatively published by mid-April annually.
  4. The General Education Advisory Committee (GEAC), formerly Board of General Studies (BOGS) per University Policy F15-13 [pdf], reviews and acts on all new GE courses submissions.
    1. Departmental representatives (normally the faculty who developed/teach the course and chairs/directors) shall be invited in a timely manner by the GEAC to attend meetings at which their course(s) will be discussed.
    2. If the GEAC plans to reject a proposal, it shall provide the department chair with written feedback, explaining the reasons for a recommendation to reject the proposal and an opportunity for department representatives to meet with the GEAC to discuss the recommendation and provide additional documentation as needed. The GEAC may not raise, in subsequent proceedings on the same course, additional objections, except those that apply to new materials submitted.
    3. At the committee’s discretion, discipline-specific faculty will be invited to participate in discussions concerning new curricular proposals when the GEAC determines additional expertise is needed.
    4. All final recommendations from the GEAC pertaining to new curricular proposals shall be forwarded to the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education to receive recommendations regarding new GE curricular proposals.

Records of all actions and certifications are posted in Curriculog (general instructions linked). Courses approved by GEAC no later than March 30 annually may be scheduled for the following Fall term.