General Education Requirements

Each student must complete a minimum of 48 units of coursework from 5 different areas of study in order to satisfy the GE requirement for a Bachelor's degree. In order to register for and complete your GE requirements, please refere guidelines below or download a copy of the GE pattern. Additional GE patterns are listed on the Resources page of this site.

A. English Language, Communication & Critical Thinking

Minimum of 9 units with 3 units taken within each subarea

  • A1: Oral Communication
  • A2: Written Communication
  • A3: Critical Thinking

B. Scientific Inquiry & Quantitative Reasoning

Miniumum of 12 units with 3 units taken within each subarea

  • B1: Physical Science (3 units)
  • B2: Life Science (3 units)
    • B3: Laboratory Activity (associated with a Physical or Life Science. May be embedded in a lecture course or taught as a separate 1-unit course)
  • B4: Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (3 units)
  • Upper Division* Science and/or Mathematics (3 units)

C. Arts & Humanities

Miniumum of 12 units with 9 units in lower division and 3 units in upper division

  • C1: Arts (3 units)
  • C2: Humanities (3 units)
  • Upper Division* Arts or Humanities (3 units)

D. Social Sciences

Minimum of 12 units with 9 units in lower division from two different disciplines and 3 units in upper division. Note: To graduate from a California State University, students must complete courses covering U.S. History, U.S. Constitution, and California State & Local Government. See more information about this in the American Institutions section of this page.

E. Lifelong Learning & Self Development

Minimum of 3 units

*Upper-division GE is numbered 300 499 and must be taken in-residence within the CSU system.

The specific courses that meet each GE Subarea are listed in the class schedule in MYSSU and can be searched for using various filters. It should be noted that students are welcome to select courses worth more units than the required minimum in a GE Subarea. In these cases, three units will be applied towards the GE Subarea and any additional units will be applied as electives or towards other appropriate GE Subareas.

Seawolf Studies Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Sonoma State University, students must complete Seawolf Studies requirements in areas that reflect state- and campus-wide core values. There are currently 3 areas with requirements that students must meet.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) is required for all students at a California State University. This requirement may be met by:

  1. successful completion of an approved upper-division Writing Intensive Course (WIC) which may also fill GE area distribution or major requirements OR
  2. passing the Written English Proficency Exam (WEPT).

American Institutions

The California State University system requires students complete courses covering American Institutions (AI) with content concerning U.S. History, U.S. Constitution, and California State & Local Government. At Sonoma State, this requirement has historically been met through two lower division general education courses, one in American History and one in Political Science, however, students may recieve credit by exam, including approved Advanced Placement or CLEP exams.

Critical Race Studies

Critical Race Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that seeks to understand the ways society is culturally and institutionally constituted by race and racism inrelation to ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and nation. Sonoma State requires students complete 1 Critical Race Studies course to graduate.