Developed by both faculty and students, the university's General Education
Program is an introduction to the breadth and depth of the dynamics of human
experience. It provides students with a foundation in the liberal arts and
sciences and prepares them for specialized study in a particular discipline
The overall objective of General Education is to create a context wherein basic skills are developed and strengthened, scholarship and disciplined thinking emerge, awareness and reflection occur, and ultimately the integration of knowledge begins.
CORE, BREADTH, and CAPSTONE
The General Education Program is an integrated curriculum of courses
organized into three phases:
CORE, the basic foundation of one's university education, consists of courses in fundamental skills and knowledge.
BREADTH exposes students to a variety of disciplines within a structured framework that develops knowledge and skills representative of all areas of human endeavor.
CAPSTONE concludes the General Education Program by providing an interdisciplinary experience at the upper-division level in which the skills and knowledge developed in CORE and BREADTH are integrated, bringing their interrelationships into focus.
The General Education Program requires students to complete a minimum
of 51 semester units. This includes 18 units minimum in CORE, 27 units minimum
in BREADTH, and 9 upper-division units minimum, of which 6 units are in
CAPSTONE. The 9 upper-division units can be taken no sooner than the term
in which 60 units of coursework are completed. Also, 9 units must be taken
in residence at California State University, Fresno.
Because the goal of General Education is to provide a solid foundation with a broad scope and the goal of the major is to provide depth in a specific discipline or program, the following stipulations apply:
- A CORE course also may be applied to a student's major requirement unless the department specifically prohibits it.
- A maximum of two General Education courses from one department or program may be applied to satisfy BREADTH requirements. (However, a department or program may prohibit any General Education BREADTH course from simultaneously satisfy ing its own departmental or programmatic requirements.)
- Courses used to satisfy CAPSTONE may not be used to satisfy requirements for the major.
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