Guidelines for General Education (GE), American Institutions (AI), and the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

These Guidelines serve as the resource document for development and assessment of General Education, American Institutions, and GWAR courses at SJSU. The Guidelines summarize the philosophy of the program and the overall GE Objectives, as well as learning outcomes for each of the GE areas. In addition, the Guidelines provide information on certification of new courses, continuing certification of existing courses, assessment, and oversight of the GE program.


These Guidelines were revised in Spring 2014, with an implementation date of Fall 2014 (per University Policy S14-5). The 2014 Guidelines supersede all earlier versions. All new and continuing courses should comply with the 2014 GE Guidelines. (The superseded versions of the Guidelines (1998, 2005, and 2009) are archived as Obsolete Policies on the Academic Senate website.)