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Requesting a General Studies Designation

Procedure for ASU courses

The previous General Studies request packets and Word/PDF documents have been replaced by a single online form. 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 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 GSCĀ meeting dates and agendas.

Submission deadlines may be found on the Curricular Deadlines document.

Proposal Requirements and Submission

In order for a course to be considered by the GSC, the General Studies Request Form must be submitted to university-review level at least two weeks prior to a scheduled GSC meeting in order to be considered for review at that meeting.

The form requires that the syllabus be attached. 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 this list which was created by the members of the General Studies Council.

If there are any questions or issues with completing the form, please contact CurriculumQuestions@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 may be submitted.

Please review the University General Studies Requirements 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 carry a 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 and Submission

In order for a course to be considered by the GSC, the General Studies Request Form must be submitted to the Provost's Office at least two weeks prior to a scheduled GSC meeting in order to be reviewed at that meeting.

The form requires that the syllabus be attached. 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 this list which was created by the members of the General Studies Council.

If there are any questions or issues with completing the form, please contact CurriculumQuestions@asu.edu.