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GE Course Development and Approval

Step 1:  Determine the GE Category (Foundation, Explorations, Capstone) for which you would like to develop your course.

Step 2:  Next, identify the GE Essentials Skills associated with your course. Each course should have between two to three GE Essential Skills identified as competencies emphasized in the course. In some cases your GE category may be predetermined for you. Please see the GE Essential Skills GRID for which skills are associated with the course GE categories. You may also need to choose some of the GE Essential Skills that best match your course objectives (if they are not determined for you). See the list of GE Essential Skills and Outcomes for a description of each skill and the associated Student Learning Outcome. Sample rubrics are also hyperlinked to the skills to help clarify the meaning of each. These rubrics serve as samples, but may be used if they suit your needs.

Please note: The student learning outcomes identified in your Standard Course Outline (SCO) should reflect the GE Essential Skills identified for your class.

Step 3:  Complete the GE Action Request (GEAR) Form pdf symbol

Step 4:  Finish your SCO and any additional materials

Step 5:  Submit your completed materials following the University Course Approval Process for General Education.


Upon approval from the college level, please forward an electronic copy of your signed documents to Vanessa Red in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Once received, the GEGC will evaluate courses for inclusion into the GE program.

If you need assistance completing these forms, please contact your GEGC representatives or the appropriate associate dean of your college. You may also contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies and Academic Advising at (562) 985-7538.

If you need assistance developing or implementing a GE course please contact your interim GE Coordinator, Dr. Mary McPherson.

If you need assistance developing or implementing a Writing Intensive course please contact Dr. John Scenters-Zapico.


GE Course Submission Periods

  Submitted & Approved 10/1-2/15 Submitted & Approved 2/16-9/30
Courses New to the University Effective the next Fall
Existing Courses New to General Education or Adding a GE Category Effective the next Fall Effective the next Spring
Existing General Education Courses Asking to Remove General Education Category Effective the next Fall Effective the Next Spring


GE Course Decertification

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