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Below are a number of frequently asked questions that are intended to help you navigate your decisions regarding catalog rights.

Catalog Rights FAQs

General Education FAQs

  • What is changing in General Education at CSUSM (as of Fall 2018/Fall 2019)?

    • Area D is reduced by 3 units (it was 12 units, now it is 9 units).
    • Minimum C- grade for oral communication, written communication, critical thinking and mathematics/quantitative reasoning.
    • 9 semester units of upper division GE may be taken at any CSU (not only at CSUSM).
    • Double counting! Major courses and campus-wide required courses that are approved for GE credit shall also fulfill (double count for) the GE requirement. 
    • While upper-division GE courses continue to be generally restricted to students who have completed 60 semester units or more, at a minimum, students must satisfactorily complete A1, A2, A3, B4 (“golden four”) in order to use an upper division GE course for purposes of graduation.
    • CSUSM honors GE credit for courses completed at other CSU campuses.
      GE courses may be taught in all modalities (e.g., face-to-face, online, and hybrid).
      Intermediate Algebra is no longer a specific prerequisite for B4 courses; courses in this GE subarea shall include a prerequisite reflective only of skills and knowledge required in the course.
    • CSUSM will provide sufficient sections of A2 written communication and B4 mathematics/quantitative reasoning courses to support completion of these requirements within the first year of freshman enrollment.
    • Area C will include a 3-unit language requirement.

    You may also refer to the comparison chart of the old and new GE requirements.

  • When do these changes take effect?

    Most of the changes to GE requirements are effective for students admitted as of Fall 2018; however, one new requirement - the addition of a 3-unit language course to Area C - is effective Fall 2019  (see General Education page for information regarding the election of the new GE requirements).

  • Do these changes affect me?

    Students with catalog rights prior to Fall 2018 are not subject to the new GE requirements; however, students may elect the new requirements.

  • How is our campus reducing GE from 51 to 48 units?

    Area D is reduced from 12 to 9 units; Area D now includes:

    • D7: Interdisciplinary Social Science course
    • Dc/Dg: U.S Constitution/California Government
    • Dh: United Stated History
  • Is there a new GE language requirement?

    Yes. However, this new requirement in Area C is not effective Fall 2018 and is not associated with EO 1100. It will be effective Fall 2019.