|Definition:||A policy for the acceptance of courses taken at foreign universities under an approved study-abroad program for upper-division general-education (UDGE) credit at CSUSM.|
|Authority:||President of the University|
|Scope:||All undergraduate students of CSUSM.|
|Responsible Division:||Academic Affairs|
|Signature Page/PDF:||View Signatures for General Education Study Abroad Policy & Procedure Policy|
Executive Order 595 states that 9 upper-division semester units in General Education must be completed "at the CSU campus granting the baccalaureate degree." This might argue against counting study-abroad courses, except that courses taken in certain study-abroad programs are counted as credit taken in residence at the campus granting the degree. In these study-abroad programs, study abroad presents no barrier to fulfillment of in-residence credit requirements for the degree. It is the aim of this General Education policy that these study-abroad programs also will present no barrier to the fulfillment of GE requirements.
Because the principles of General Education include broadening the student's learning by the experience of other nations and cultures, the goals of General Education are well served by study-abroad programs. It is therefore important that the fulfillment of General Education requirements not become a disincentive for students to pursue study abroad.
Programs which automatically count as in-residence credit currently include:
Courses taken at foreign universities under an approved study-abroad program will be accepted for upper-division general-education (UDGE) credit provided that they meet all of the three following criteria:
The area to which credit is to be applied will be based upon the disciplinary assignments listed below. Because departments and disciplines often are variously named at different institutions of higher learning, the following list is meant as a guide, and not as an exhaustive list. If a course cannot be assigned according to the following list, but the student wishes to have the course counted towards fulfillment of the UDGE requirements, petition can be made to the GEC for approval.
Area B Area C Area D
Astronomy Art Anthropology
Biology Art History Economics
Botany Critical Theory Government
Chemistry Drama & Film International Relations
Computer Science History* Linguistics
Geology Literature Political Science
Mathematics Music & Music History Psychology
Physics Philosophy Public Policy
*Individual courses in History may be counted towards the Area D requirement upon petition to the General Education Committee.
Courses used to satisfy the University Foreign Language Requirement are not eligible for UDGE credit.
When students return from Study Abroad programs which automatically count as in-residence credit, course equivalencies are assigned either by the central CSUIP office or by local colleges and departments, and grades are sent to the Office of Registration and Records for entry into a student's record. Under this policy, if a student took a class in his or her Study Abroad program that qualifies for UDGE under the new policy, the graduation advisor in Registration and Records will record the appropriate UDGE requirement as fulfilled. If the graduation advisor does not recognize the disciplinary designation as matching the Area B, C, or D designations outlined above, the student may petition the GEC for UDGE credit.