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Requesting a General Studies Designation

Procedure for ASU courses

In order for an ASU course to receive a General Studies designation, a proposal must be submitted to the ASU General Studies Council (GSC).

Please review the University General Studies Requirements and the Criteria Checklists for General Studies Designations to help ensure that you are applying for the appropriate designation(s) based upon the content of your course.

GSC meetings are held once a month during the academic year. Please visit the following link for a list scheduled GSC meeting dates and agendas.

Submission deadlines dates are as follow:

  • For Fall 2019 Effective Date: October 5, 2018
  • For Spring 2020 Effective Date: March 8, 2019

Proposal Requirements

In order for a course to be considered by the GSC, appropriate materials should be submitted to the General Studies Office one month prior to a scheduled GSC meeting.

Information regarding deadlines for effective dates for General Studies designations can be found under task four on the Curriculum Workflow Sequence Calendar.

The following paperwork is required for each new proposal:

  1. Signed course proposal cover form

  2. Criteria checklist for General Studies designation(s) being requested

  3. Description of how the course meets the specific criteria in the area for which the course is being proposed (included as the chart on the final page of the criteria checklist or completed on a separate sheet)

  4. Course catalog description

  5. Sample syllabus for the course

  6. Copy of table of contents from the textbook(s) used and list of required readings/books

Please note that if a course is crosslisted and/or shared, a letter of support from the chair/director of each department that offers the course is required for each designation requested.

For helpful hints regarding proposal submission, please see the attached PDF which was created by the members of the General Studies Council.

It is respectfully requested that proposals are submitted electronically with all files compiled into one PDF.  If necessary, a hard copy of the proposal will also be accepted. 

Submitting Proposal

Submit the completed proposal to:

Arizona State University/General Studies
Phyllis Lucie

Office of the University Provost
Fulton Center Suite 420 (Map)
Mail Code: 7805
(480) 965-0739
Phyllis.Lucie@asu.edu

Procedure for Arizona Community Colleges courses

In order for community college courses to be considered for General Studies approval, the course must be eligible* and then it must be submitted.

Please review the University General Studies Requirements and the Criteria Checklists for General Studies Designations to help ensure that you are applying for the appropriate designation(s) based upon the content of your course.

*Eligibility

  • Courses that have a current direct (one-to-one) equivalency to an ASU course that carries general studies designation, automatically inherit the general studies designation(s) for the ASU course and require no further action.
  • Courses which have a current equivalency of "E" or "DEC" in the Course Equivalency Guide (CEG) may be considered for general studies evaluation.
  • Courses listed as (non-transferable) in the CEG are not eligible for consideration.

AGEC Courses

Community college courses taken as part of a completed AGEC satisfy lower division general studies requirements at ASU. ASU general studies designations are only relevant for students transferring course by course.

Deadlines

Community college courses approved by the GSC before the end of March will be effective with the Fall Course Equivalency Guide (CEG). Community college courses approved by the GSC before the end of October will be effective with the Spring Course Equivalency Guide (CEG).

Proposal Requirements

In order for a course to be considered by the GSC appropriate materials must be submitted to University College Curriculum Support Services one month prior to a scheduled GSC meeting. The following paperwork is required for each new proposal:

  1. Course Proposal Cover Form

  2. Criteria Checklist for General Studies area(s) being requested

  3. Description of how the course meets the specific criteria in the area for which the course is being proposed (included on the Criteria Checklist or completed on a separate sheet)

  4. Course catalog description

  5. Course syllabus

  6. Table of contents from the textbook used and list of required readings/books

Submitting Paperwork

Please email completed paperwork to:

Arizona State University/General Studies
Phyllis Lucie
Office of the University Provost
Fulton Center 4340CD (Map)
Mail Code: 7805

480-965-0739
Phyllis.Lucie@asu.edu