Why revise GE at Sonoma State?

Two major developments –one highly time-sensitive –precipitated a revision to Sonoma's GE Program:

  • Revision of CSU Executive Order 1100 in Fall 2019.

  • Issuance of CSU Executive Orders 1100 and 1110 in August 2017

  • Recommendations from the GE Program Review, finalized in 2017-18.

Pathway towards revision

In March 2018, the Academic Senate Executive Committee created the GE Revision Subcommittee (GERS), under the Educational Policies Committee (EPC), to undertake the process of revising SSU's GE program. GERS members were appointed by the Academic Senate’s Structure & Functions Committee. All members were at-large, representing the entire campus community rather than their schools or departments.

In October 2018, GERS presented a proposal to revise GE to EPC. The proposal was informed by feedback provided from students and faculty, GE program review, campus listening tours, and best practices from across the nation. Members of EPC reviewed each item of the curriculum and discussed it individually, hearing opinions from committee members and visitors, thoughts and clarifications from members of GERS, and carefully examining written comments and concerns collected from constituents in our university community.

In April 2019, EPC finalized and submitted an amended proposal for GE revision to Academic Senate with an unanimous recommendation that Senate approve the new GE Program. At its meeting on May 16, Academic Senate amended and approved the new GE curriculum for SSU.

In Summer 2020, California passed AB 1460 requiring all CSU students to complete a 3 unit course in ethnic studies prior to graduation.  During academic year 2020-2021, we are working on implementation of this requirement. Learn more on the AB 1460 implementation page.

In Fall 2020, EO 1100 was revised in accordance with AB 1460. This resulted in addition of a 3-unit Ethnic Studies course in Area F and changing lower division Area D Social Science requirements to a total of 6-units. 

In Spring 2022, Sonoma State completed development of a course cross-listing process and content area criteria for ethnic studies classes to be included under Area F.