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GE Categories and Essential GE Skills

Courses are approved to fulfill particular GE categories based on CSU breadth requirements, but the development of Essential GE skills in these courses is most important. Departments are responsible for assessing the extent to which students are mastering these skills in their GE courses. The table below provides guidelines for departments as they propose, and assess their GE courses. The guidelines identify required Essential GE Skills for each of the GE Categories. Departments must teach and assess a minimum of two (2) Essential GE Skills in each class (and no more than three (3)). Learning outcomes are associated with each Essential Skill. Please see the Essential Skills list for associated learning outcomes.

GE Categories Essential GE Skills
Written Communication (A1)

Written Communication

One to two additional skills

Oral Communication (A2)

Oral Communication

One to two additional skills

Critical Thinking (A3)

Critical Thinking

One to two additional skills

Life Sciences (B1a)

Inquiry and Analysis

One to two additional skills

Physical Sciences (B1b)

Inquiry and Analysis

One to two additional skills

Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B2)

Quantitative Reasoning

One to two additional skills

The Arts (C1)

Creativity and Discovery

One to two additional skills

Humanities (C2)

Any two to three GE skills

Social Sciences & Citizenship (D)

Any two to three GE Skills

Lifelong Learning and Self Development (E)

Foundation and Skills for Lifelong Learning

One to two additional skills

Interdisciplinary Capstone

Interdisciplinary Learning

Written Communication

May add one additional skill

Advanced Skills Capstone

Written Communication

One to two additional skills

Service Learning Capstone

Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement

Written Communication

May add one additional skill

Integrative Learning Capstone

Written Communication

Critical Thinking

Must choose one additional skill

Writing Intensive Capstone

Written Communication

(Must meet Writing Intensive guidelines)

One to two additional skills

Human Diversity

Intercultural Knowledge

One to two additional skills

Global Issues

Any two to three GE Skills

Most Global Issues courses will likely choose Intercultural Knowledge as one of their skills

Essential GE Skills:

Written Communication; Oral Communication; Critical Thinking; Quantitative Reasoning; Information Literacy; Teamwork; Inquiry and Analysis; Intercultural Knowledge; Ethical Reasoning; Creativity and Discovery; Foundation & Skills for Lifelong Learning; Interdisciplinary Learning; Social Responsibility and Civic Engagement; and Problem Solving

 

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