Lower Division General Education

For an overview of the SF State General Education program, visit our Introduction to General Education.

Please note that although General Education courses are available to students in any major, registration in some sections of specific courses may be restricted to students in the Metro Academies.

Some students come to SF State with high enough AP, CLEP and IB scores to receive college credit. Go to the following link to see what GE requirements are satisfied by these scores. Consult with your major department to see whether any of the credit can count toward your major.

AP – IB – CLEP Test Credit

Students Entering SF State Prior to Fall 2014

Continuing students who were enrolled at SF State prior to Fall 2014 follow the General Education program that was in effect when they came to SF State, with a few modifications. Please visit the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning for more information about your General Education requirements and approved courses. 

Freshman Students

Students who begin at SF State as first-time college students in Fall 2014 or later, must complete General Education as outlined below. 

Transfer Students

Transfer students who begin at SF State in Fall 2014 or later may complete the 39 units of lower division General Education (GE) requirements (Area A–E), as well as lower division requirements in a major, minor, or certificate program at another campus if those units have been approved through an articulation agreement or an approved evaluation process. Regardless of the number of units a student took to fulfill General Education requirements at other schools, to graduate they must complete a total of 39 units of lower division General Education plus nine units of upper division GE coursework. Any lower division GE coursework not taken in transfer must be taken at SF State from the list of courses below.

  • Transfer students who have not completed the equivalent of Written English Communication II will have to do so at SF State. It is a prerequisite to the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) requirement. 
  • Transfer students who have completed Area D but who have not completed the US History and Government requirements must do so at SF State (Refer to US History and Government Requirement).
  • Transfer students who complete the US History and Government requirements without completing nine units in Area D must take additional Area D courses to total nine units.
  • Transfer students must complete nine units of lower division Area C coursework with at least one Area C1 and one Area C2 course, but are not required to take an Area C3 course.
  • Transfer students must complete SF State Studies requirements. Most, if not all, of these requirements will be completed while satisfying the Upper Division GE requirements. Students transferring with a verified ADT (AA-T or AS-T degree) who are pursuing a “similar” major do not have to complete the SF State Studies requirements. Click here for more information about procedures and guidelines regarding the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT).

Area A: English Language Communication and Critical Thinking — 12 units

Students taking courses in fulfillment of Areas A1, A2, and A4 will develop knowledge and understanding of the form, content, context, and effectiveness of communication. Students will develop proficiency in oral and written communication in English, examining communication from the rhetorical perspective and practicing reasoning and advocacy, organization, and accuracy. Students will practice the discovery, critical evaluation, and reporting of information, as well as reading, writing, and listening effectively.

In critical thinking (Area A3) courses, students will understand logic and its relation to language; elementary inductive and deductive processes, including an understanding of the formal and informal fallacies of language and thought; and the ability to distinguish matters of fact from issues of judgment or opinion. In Area A3 courses, students will develop the abilities to analyze, criticize, and advocate ideas; to reason inductively and deductively; and to reach well-supported factual or judgmental conclusions.

Requirements: Students must complete a minimum of twelve units in Area A, including a minimum of three units in each of the following four areas: Oral Communication, Written English Communication I, Critical Thinking, and Written English Communication II. Specific test and course prerequisites are printed in the Undergraduate Graduation Requirements section of the Bulletin. Beginning in Fall 2014, all Area A courses must be completed with a grade of CR or C– or better to fulfill the General Education requirement.

Note: Students transferring from a California community college often satisfy Written English Communication II while satisfying CSU GE Area A3 at their previous campus.  If so, no additional units in Area A are required. However, students still are required to have 39 units total of lower division GE. If units are still lacking, these units may be taken in Areas B, C, D, or E.

Area A1: Oral Communication (3 units required)

COMM 150Fundamentals of Oral Communication (A1)3
ENG 210Oral Communication - Multilingual (A1)3

Area A2: Written English Communication I (3 units minimum required)

ENG 104
ENG 105
First Year Composition Stretch I
and First Year Composition Stretch II (A2)
6
ENG 114First Year Composition (A2)3
ENG 209First Year Composition--Multilingual (A2)3

Area A3: Critical Thinking (3 units required)

AA S 110Critical Thinking and the Asian American Experience (A3, AERM)3
COUN 110Critically Thinking about Career Choice: Self, Community, Society, and World (A3, LLD)3
ETHS/RRS 110Critical Thinking and the Ethnic Studies Experience (A3, AERM)3
HIST 101Critical Thinking in History (A3, SJ)3
HSS 110Critical Thinking/Student Success in Health & Social Sciences Fields (A3)3
LTNS 110Critical Thinking in Latina/o Studies (A3, AERM, SJ)3
PHIL 110Introduction to Critical Thinking I (A3)3
PSY 111The Logic and Psychology of Critical Thinking (A3)3
RPT 110Critical Thinking and the Leisure Experience (A3, LLD)3
SCI 101First Year Experience in Science and Engineering (A3, LLD, ES)3

Area A4: Written English Communication II (3 units required)

AA S 214Second Year Written Composition: Asian American Studies (A4, AERM, SJ)3
AFRS 214Second Year Written Composition: Africana Studies (A4, AERM, SJ)3
CWL 214Second Year Written Composition: Comparative and World Literature (A4)3
ENG 214Second Year Written Composition: English (A4)3
ENG 215Second Year Composition: Multilingual (A4)3

Abbreviations

AERM: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities
ES: Environmental Sustainability
GP: Global Perspectives
LLD: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (Area E)
SJ: Social Justice

Area B: Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning — 9 units

In Areas B1–B3, students develop knowledge of scientific theories, concepts, and data about both living and non-living systems. Students will achieve an understanding and appreciation of scientific principles and the scientific method, as well as the potential limits of scientific endeavors and the value systems and ethics associated with human inquiry.

In Area B4 courses, students shall develop skills and understanding beyond the level of intermediate algebra. Students will not just practice computational skills, but will be able to explain and apply basic mathematical concepts and will be able to solve problems through quantitative reasoning.

Requirements: All students must complete a minimum of nine units in Area B including a minimum of three units in each of the following three areas: Physical Science, Life Science, and Quantitative reasoning. Additionally, a course that satisfies the Laboratory Science requirement must also be taken.

Specific test and course prerequisites are printed in the Undergraduate Graduation Requirements section of the Bulletin.

Note: Some majors require advanced coursework in Areas B1, B2, and/or B3. For students pursuing these majors, some Area B requirements will be met in major or pre-major coursework. For more information, students should refer to the Bulletin description for their major.

Area B1: Physical Science (3 units minimum required)

ADM 260Textiles (B1)3
ASTR 115Introduction to Astronomy (B1)3
CHEM 101Survey of Chemistry (B1)3
CHEM 180Chemistry for the Energy and the Environment (B1, B3, ES)3
ERTH 110Our Dynamic Earth (B1, ES)3
ERTH 112Our Dynamic Earth Lecture and Lab (B1, B3, ES)4
ERTH 160Our Dynamic Weather (B1, GP)3
ERTH 162Our Dynamic Weather Lecture and Lab (B1, B3)3
ERTH 170Our Dynamic Ocean (B1, ES)3
ERTH 172Our Dynamic Ocean Lecture and Lab (B1, B3, ES)4
ERTH 210Physical Geology (B1, B3, ES)4
ERTH 230Environmental Geology (B1, B3, ES)3
ERTH 260Physical Processes in the Atmosphere (B1, B3, ES, GP)4
GEOG 101Our Physical Environment (B1, ES)3
PHYS 101Conceptual Physics (B1)3
PHYS 111General Physics I (B1)3
PHYS 220General Physics with Calculus I (B1)3

Area B2: Life Science (3 units required)

ANTH 100Introduction to Biological Anthropology (B2)3
BIOL 100Human Biology (B2, LLD, SJ)3
BIOL 150The World of Plants (B2, B3, ES)3
BIOL 160Marine Biology (B2, ES)3
BIOL 170Animal Diversity (B2, ES)3
BIOL 176Science and Politics of Stem Cell Biology (B2, AERM, SJ)3
ERTH 115History of Life (B2, ES)3
GEOG 160Introduction to Environmental Science (B2, B3, ES, GP)4
RRS 276Race, Activism and Climate Justice (B2, AERM, ES, GP, SJ)3

Area B3: Laboratory Science (0–1 units required)

ASTR 116Astronomy Laboratory (B3)1
BIOL 101Human Biology Laboratory (B3)1
BIOL 150The World of Plants (B2, B3, ES)3
CHEM 102Survey of Chemistry Laboratory (B3)1
CHEM 180Chemistry for the Energy and the Environment (B1, B3, ES)3
ERTH 111Our Dynamic Earth Lab (B3)1
ERTH 112Our Dynamic Earth Lecture and Lab (B1, B3, ES)4
ERTH 162Our Dynamic Weather Lecture and Lab (B1, B3)3
ERTH 171Our Dynamic Ocean Lab (B3)1
ERTH 172Our Dynamic Ocean Lecture and Lab (B1, B3, ES)4
ERTH 210Physical Geology (B1, B3, ES)4
ERTH 230Environmental Geology (B1, B3, ES)3
ERTH 260Physical Processes in the Atmosphere (B1, B3, ES, GP)4
GEOG 160Introduction to Environmental Science (B2, B3, ES, GP)4
PHYS 102Conceptual Physics Laboratory (B3)1
PHYS 112General Physics I Laboratory (B3)1
PHYS 222General Physics with Calculus I Laboratory (B3)1

Area B4: Quantitative Reasoning (3 units required)

Details on test and course prerequisites are listed in the Undergraduate Graduation Requirements section of the Bulletin.

Summary of Quantitative Reasoning Requirements

Students who register for a GE quantitative reasoning course at SF State must have:

  1. a score of 50 or higher on the ELM examination; or
  2. obtained an approved ELM exemption; or
  3. after taking the ELM examination, passed Entry Level Math II (ESM 70/MATH 70) at SF State or an equivalent course elsewhere with a grade of C or better. Beginning in Fall 2014, Area B4 courses must be completed with a grade of CR or C– or better to fulfill the General Education requirement.
DS 110Calculus with Business Applications (B4)3
GEOG 203Geographical Measurement (B4)3
ISED 160Data Analysis in Education (B4)3
MATH 110Business Calculus (B4)3
MATH 124Elementary Statistics (B4)3
MATH 199Pre-Calculus (B4)4
MATH 226Calculus I (B4)4
PSY 171Quantitative Reasoning in Psychology (B4)3

Abbreviations

AERM: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities
ES: Environmental Sustainability
GP: Global Perspectives
LLD: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (Area E)
SJ: Social Justice

Area C: Arts and Humanities — 9 units

In their Area C coursework, students will develop a better understanding of the interrelationship between the self and the creative arts and of the humanities in a variety of cultures. In Area C3, students will explore the humanities with a specific focus on literature.

Requirements: Students starting as freshmen at SF State must complete a minimum of nine units in Area C including a minimum of three units in the areas of Arts (C1) and Humanities: Literature (C3). They must select an additional three units in either Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2).

Students starting as transfers at SF State must complete a minimum of nine units in Area C including a minimum of three units in the areas of Arts (C1) and Humanities (C2). They must select an additional three units in Arts (C1), Humanities (C2), or Humanities: Literature (C3).

Area C1: Arts

AA S 212Asian Americans and Mass Media (C1, AERM)3
AFRS 204Black Creative Arts (C1, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AFRS 221African American Music: A 20th Century Survey (C1, AERM)3
AFRS 230African American Gospel Workshop (C1, AERM)3
AFRS 256Hip Hop Workshop (C1, LLD, AERM, ES, GP, SJ)3
AIS 235American Indians: Image and Issues in the Mass Media (C1, AERM, SJ)3
ART 201Western Art History I (C1)3
ART 202Western Art History II (C1)3
ART/HUM 205Asian Art History (C1, GP)3
ART 235Printmaking 1 (C1)3
ART 240Introduction to Contemporary Sculpture (C1)3
ART 245Ceramics 1 (C1)3
BECA 235Digital Media Basics (C1)3
C W 101Introduction to Creative Writing (C1, LLD)3
CINE 102Introduction to Contemporary Cinema (C1, GP)3
CLAR 250Archaeology of the Ancient World (C1, GP)3
DES 226Modern Letterpress Printing: Traditional and Digital Techniques (C1)3
DES 256Design and Society: Contemporary Design Issues and Applications (C1)3
H ED/HH 290Promoting Positive Health (C1, LLD, GP)3
ID 240Color and Design (C1)3
ID 245Contemporary Design in Housing and Interiors (C1)3
JOUR 235Photojournalism I (C1)3
M S 202Introduction to Museum Exhibits (C1)3
MUS 120Basic Music I (C1)3
PHIL 160Introduction to Philosophy of the Arts (C1)3
RPT 210Arts and Crafts for Leisure (C1, LLD)3
TH A 130Acting Workshop I (C1)3
TH A 200Introduction to the Theatre (C1)3

Area C2: Humanities

AA S 218Asian American Culture (C2, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
ANTH 110Introduction to Archaeology (C2, GP)3
AFRS 266Black On-line: Cyberspace, Culture, and Community (C2, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
ARAB 101First Semester Arabic (C2, AERM, GP)5
ARAB 102Second Semester Arabic (C2, GP)5
ARAB 103Third Semester Arabic (C2, GP)5
ARAB 104Fourth Semester Arabic (C2, GP)5
ARAB 206Intermediate Conversation (C2, GP)3
ARAB 260Arab Culture and Identity in English (C2, GP)3
BECA 201Life on TV: A Critical View (C2, AERM)3
CAD 120Child Development, Social Justice, and Academic Success (C2, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
CHIN 101First Semester Chinese (C2, GP, SJ)5
CHIN 102Second Semester Chinese (C2, GP, SJ)5
CHIN 103Third Semester Chinese (C2, GP, SJ)5
CHIN 111Accelerated Elementary Chinese I (C2, GP, SJ)5
CHIN 228Chinese Language and Society (C2, GP)3
CHIN/HUM 271The Classic Chinese Novel in Contemporary Pop Culture (C2, GP, SJ)3
CLAS 260Greek and Roman Mythology (C2, GP)3
CLAS/CINE 280The Ancient World in Film (C2)3
COMM 120Language, Culture, and Power (C2, LLD, AERM, SJ)3
COMM 250Introduction to Group Discussion and Teamwork (C2)3
FR 101First Semester French (C2, GP, SJ)4
FR 102Second Semester French (C2, GP, SJ)4
FR 215Intermediate French I (C2, GP, SJ)3
FR 216Intermediate French II (C2, GP, SJ)3
GER 101First Semester German (C2, GP)4
GER 206Intermediate German Conversation (C2, GP)3
GER 207Intermediate German (C2, GP)3
GRE 101Elementary Ancient Greek (C2)3
H ED 120Educational Justice, Health Equity, and Academic Success (C2, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
HEBR 101First Semester Modern Hebrew (C2, GP)3
HEBR 102Second Semester Modern Hebrew (C2, GP)3
HEBR 201Third Semester Modern Hebrew (C2, GP)3
HEBR 202Fourth Semester Modern Hebrew (C2, GP)3
HH 210The Dao of Well-Being in Chinese Tradition (C2, LLD, AERM)3
HIST 110History of Western Civilization I (C2, GP)3
HIST 111History of Western Civilization II (C2, GP)3
HUM 220Values and Culture (C2, GP)3
HUM 225Values in American Life (C2, AERM)3
ITAL 100First Semester Italian for Speakers of English and Spanish (C2, GP)4
ITAL 101First Semester Italian (C2, GP)4
ITAL 102Second Semester Italian (C2, GP)4
ITAL 103Third Semester Italian (C2, GP)3
ITAL 104Fourth Semester Italian (C2, GP)3
ITAL 206Italian Conversation (C2, GP, SJ)3
JAPN 101First Semester Japanese (C2, GP)4
JAPN 102Second Semester Japanese (C2, GP)4
JAPN 103Third Semester Japanese (C2, GP)4
JOUR 205Social Impact of Journalism (C2)3
JS 280Introduction to Jewish Studies (C2)3
LATN 101Elementary Latin (C2, GP)3
MEIS 260Turkish Cultures and Identities (C2, GP)3
MGS 150Modern Greek I (C2, GP)4
PHIL 105Introduction to Philosophy and Religion (C2)3
PHIL/PLSI 150Contemporary Moral/Political Issues (C2, SJ)3
PHIL 210Great Thinkers: East and West (C2, GP)3
PRSN 100Summer Immersion Persian (C2, GP, SJ)3
PRSN 101First Semester Persian (C2, GP, SJ)5
PRSN 102Second Semester Persian (C2, GP, SJ)5
PRSN 103Third Semester Persian (C2, GP, SJ)5
PRSN 206Basic Persian Conversation (C2, GP, SJ)3
PRSN 250Intermediate Persian (C2, GP, SJ)3
PRSN 260Persian Culture and Civilization in English (C2, GP, SJ)3
RRS 101Introduction to Arab and Muslim Communities (C2, AERM, GP, SJ)3
RRS 201SFSU's Palestinian Cultural Mural and the Art of Resistance (C2, AERM, GP, SJ)3
RRS 212Edward Said (C2, AERM, GP, SJ)3
SPAN 101First Semester Spanish (C2)4
SPAN 102Second Semester Spanish (C2)4
TPW 200Writing Practices in Professional Contexts (C2)3

Area C3: Humanities: Literature

AA S 216Introduction to Asian American Literature (C3, AERM)3
AFRS 210Introduction to Africana Literature (C3, AERM, SJ)3
CLAS 210Introduction to Greek and Roman Literature (C3)3
CLAS 230Ancient Epic Tales (C3)3
CLAS 240Greek and Roman Drama (C3, SJ)3
CWL 220Reading Beyond Boundaries: An Introduction to Comparing Literatures (C3, GP)3
CWL 230World Literature (C3, GP)3
CWL 250Fables and Tales (C3, GP)3
CWL 260Myths of the World (C3, GP)3
CWL 270Fantasy and Fiction: Exploring Parallel Worlds (C3)3
ENG 230Literature and Film (C3)3
ENG 231Shakespeare on Film (C3)3
ENG 240Heroes and Antiheroes in Literature (C3)3
ENG 241The Good Life: Literature and the Pursuit of Happiness (C3)3
ENG 250The Study of Literature (C3)3
ENG 251The Lyric Poem in English (C3)3
ENG 252The Novel in English (C3)3
ENG 253Drama in English (C3)3
ENG 254Masterworks of Literature in English (C3)3
ENG 255Contemporary Literature (C3)3
ENG 258American Literature (C3)3
ENG 259Introduction to Shakespeare (C3)3
ENG 260Introduction to Science Fiction (C3)3
ENG 261The Vampire Tradition (C3)3
ENG 270Reading Videogames (C3)3
ENG 280Popular Drama and Social Critique (C3, SJ)3
HUM 130The Humanities: Major Works (C3)3
LTNS 230Introduction to Latina/o Literature (C3, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
MEIS 290Introduction to Turkish Literature in Translation (C3, GP)3
PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy (C3)3
PRSN 290Introduction to Persian Literature in Translation (C3, GP, SJ)3
RPT 230Growth Through Adventure (C3)3
RRS 280Race, Gender, and Science Fiction (C3, AERM)3

Abbreviations

AERM: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities
ES: Environmental Sustainability
GP: Global Perspectives
LLD: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (Area E)
SJ: Social Justice

Area D: Social Sciences — 9 units

Through fulfillment of the Area D requirement, students will develop an understanding of problems and issues from a social science perspective and will examine issues in their contemporary as well as historical settings and in a variety of cultural contexts. Students will explore the principles, methodologies, value systems and ethics employed in social scientific inquiry.

The CSU American Institutions/US History and Government requirement (Areas D2 and D3) may be met either by examination (AP, CLEP, or SF State competency exam) or by taking at least one course in both Areas D2 and D3.

In U.S. History courses (Area D2), students will learn about the relationships among regions within the area of study and with external regions and states and the role of major ethnic and social groups in such events and the contexts in which the events have occurred.

In U.S. and California Government courses (Area D3), students will learn about the political philosophies of the framers of the Constitution and the nature and operation of United States political institutions and processes. Students will also learn about California government, particularly the Constitution of the State of California within the framework of evolution of Federal-State relations and the nature and processes of State and local government under that Constitution.

Requirements: Students starting as freshmen at SF State must complete a minimum of nine units in Area D including a minimum of three units in each of the following areas: Social Sciences (D1), Social Sciences: US History (D2), and Social Sciences: US and California Government (D3).

Transfer students must complete a minimum of nine units in Area D. These students may transfer in with Area D satisfied without completing the US History and US and California Government requirements. Transfer students who have not met their US History and US and California Government requirements must still complete these requirements by taking courses from Area D2 and D3 (see below) or by selecting courses from the US History and Government Requirement.

Area D1: Social Sciences (3 units required)

AA S 211Contemporary Asian Americans (D1, AERM, SJ)3
AFRS 101Introduction to Africana Studies (D1, AERM, SJ)3
AFRS 111Black Cultures and Personalities (D1, AERM, SJ)3
AFRS 200Introduction to Black Psychology (D1, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AFRS 202Black Men's Studies (D1, AERM, SJ)3
AFRS 203Black Social Sciences (D1, AERM, SJ)3
AFRS 215Introduction to Black Family Studies (D1, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AFRS 260Power, Racism and Africana Liberation (D1, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AIS 160Survey of Native California (D1, AERM, ES, SJ)3
AIS 230Urban Indians (D1, AERM, SJ)3
ANTH 120Introductory Social and Cultural Anthropology (D1, SJ)3
CAD 210Introduction to Applied Child and Adolescent Development (D1)3
CAD 260Children, Families, and Community: An Ecological Perspective (D1, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
COMM 240Introduction to Nonverbal Communication (D1)3
ECON 101Introduction to Microeconomic Analysis (D1)3
ECON 102Introduction to Macroeconomic Analysis (D1)3
EDUC 250Teaching and Learning Beyond the Classroom (D1)3
ETHS/RRS 100Introduction to Ethnic Studies (D1, AERM, GP, SJ)3
GEOG 102The Human Environment (D1, ES, GP)3
GEOG 107World Regions and Interrelations (D1, GP)3
H ED 200Global Health (D1, LLD, GP, SJ)3
H ED 210Personal and Social Determinants of Health (D1, LLD, SJ)3
H ED 221Health and Social Justice - Burning Issues, Taking Action (D1, AERM, SJ)3
HH 200Holistic Approach to Academic Success (D1, LLD, ES)3
HH 205Relaxation and Stress Reduction (D1, LLD)3
HIST 114World History to 1500 (D1, GP)3
HIST 115World History Since 1500 (D1, GP)3
I R 104Introduction to World Affairs (D1, ES, GP, SJ)3
IBUS 130Globalization and Business in the 21st Century (D1, GP)3
KIN 255Health-related Fitness and Wellness (D1, LLD, ES, GP, SJ)3
LABR 250Introduction to the Study of Labor (D1, GP)3
LABR 251Know Your Work Rights (D1, SJ)3
LTNS 211Latina/o Families Narrative (D1, AERM, GP, SJ)3
LTNS 265Topics in Latina/o History (D1, AERM, SJ)3
PHIL 130Political and Social Philosophy (D1, AERM, SJ)3
PLSI 100Understanding Politics (D1, SJ)3
PLSI 106Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy: Introduction to Political Economy (D1, SJ)3
PSY 200General Psychology (D1, LLD)3
RPT 205Enlightened and Sustainable Travel (D1, LLD)3
RPT 240Leisure and Society (D1, LLD)3
RRS 255Voices in Exile: Arab and Muslim American and Civil Liberties post-9/11/2001 (D1, AERM, GP, SJ)3
RRS 285Race, Sports, and Society (D1, AERM)3
S ED/EDUC 200Introduction to Teaching and Education (D1)3
SOC 105Sociological Perspectives (D1)3
SOC/USP 200Changing Cities (D1, SJ)3
SOC 245Social Problems (D1, SJ)4
SXS/SOC 110Sexuality in Society (D1, SJ)3
WGS 200Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (D1, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3

Area D2: Social Sciences: U.S. History (3 units required)

AA S 210History of Asians in the United States (D2, AERM, USH)3
AFRS 208Introduction to African American History (D2, AERM, GP, SJ, USH)3
AIS 150American Indian History in the United States (D2, AERM, SJ, USH)3
H ED 241Health and Social Movements in the United States in the 20th Century (D2, AERM, SJ, USH)3
HIST 120History of the U.S. through Reconstruction (D2, USH)3
HIST 121History of the U.S. since Reconstruction (D2, USH)3
HIST 130Survey of U.S. History for Foreign Students (D2, USH)3
LTNS/HIST 278History of Latinos in the U.S. (D2, AERM, SJ, USH)3
RRS 103Introduction to Pacific Studies (D2, AERM, GP, SJ, USH)3
RRS 240All Power to the People: Comparative Freedom Movements of the "Sixties" (D2, AERM, SJ, USH)3
WGS 150Women and Gender in U.S. History and Society (D2, AERM, SJ, USH)3

Area D3: Social Sciences: U.S. and California Government (3 units required)

AA S 213Asian Americans and American Ideals and Institutions (D3, AERM, SJ, USG/CSLG)3
AIS 205American Indians and U.S. Laws (D3, AERM, SJ, USG/CSLG)3
LTNS 276Latina/o, U.S. Government, and Constitutional Ideals (D3, AERM, USG/CSLG)3
PLSI 200American Politics (D3, USG/CSLG)3
RRS 250Race, Ethnicity and Power in America (D3, AERM, SJ, USG/CSLG)3
WGS 160Gender, Politics, and Citizenship (D3, AERM, USG/CSLG)3

Abbreviations

AERM: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities
ES: Environmental Sustainability
GP: Global Perspectives
LLD: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (Area E)
SJ: Social Justice

Area E: Lifelong Learning and Self-development (LLD)

Courses in Area E address topics such as human behavior, sexuality, nutrition, physical and mental health, stress management, financial literacy, social relationships and relationships with the environment, as well as implications of death and dying and avenues for lifelong learning.

Courses certified as meeting the Area E requirement are a minimum of three units and may be upper or lower division, in General Education, a major or minor, or an elective. SF State Studies requirements that are met in Area E courses are indicated after the course title.

Area E: Lifelong Learning and Self-development

AA S 218Asian American Culture (C2, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AA S 301Asian Americans of Mixed Heritages (UD-D, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AA S 323Chinese American Identities (UD-D, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AA S 332Japanese American Art and Literature (UD-C, LLD, AERM, SJ)3
AA S 360Koreans in the United States (UD-D, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AA S 370Vietnamese in the United States (UD-D, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AA S 373Vietnamese American Identities (UD-D, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AA S 377Cambodians in the United States (UD-C, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AA S 570Southeast Asians in the United States (UD-D, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AA S 585Asian American Religiosities (UD-C, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AA S 591Asian American Community Health Issues (UD-B, LLD, AERM, SJ)3
AFRS 215Introduction to Black Family Studies (D1, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AFRS 256Hip Hop Workshop (C1, LLD, AERM, ES, GP, SJ)3
AFRS 266Black On-line: Cyberspace, Culture, and Community (C2, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AFRS 335The Black Woman: A Cultural Analysis (LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AFRS 645Literature of the Harlem Renaissance (UD-C, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
AIS 400American Indian Education (UD-D, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
BIOL 100Human Biology (B2, LLD, SJ)3
BIOL 318Our Endangered Planet (UD-B, LLD, AERM, ES, GP)3
BIOL 330Human Sexuality (UD-B, LLD)3
C W 101Introduction to Creative Writing (C1, LLD)3
CAD 120Child Development, Social Justice, and Academic Success (C2, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
CAD 260Children, Families, and Community: An Ecological Perspective (D1, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
COMM 120Language, Culture, and Power (C2, LLD, AERM, SJ)3
COMM 527Health Communication (UD-D, LLD)4
COMM 531Conflict Resolution (UD-D, LLD)4
COMM 544Communication and Aging (LLD)4
COUN 110Critically Thinking about Career Choice: Self, Community, Society, and World (A3, LLD)3
E ED 614Science, Math, and Technology Curricular in ECE (LLD, ES, SJ)3
EDUC 450Art and Learning (UD-C, LLD, SJ)3
ENG 571Shakespeare's Rivals (LLD)3
ENG 583Shakespeare: Representative Plays (LLD)3
GRN 500Gerontology: An Interdisciplinary Perspective (UD-D, LLD)3
H ED 120Educational Justice, Health Equity, and Academic Success (C2, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
H ED 200Global Health (D1, LLD, GP, SJ)3
H ED 210Personal and Social Determinants of Health (D1, LLD, SJ)3
H ED/HH 290Promoting Positive Health (C1, LLD, GP)3
H ED 320Contemporary Sexuality (UD-B, LLD, SJ)3
H ED 415Health Aspects of Aging (UD-D, LLD, SJ)3
H ED 455Community Organizing and Community Building for Health (UD-C, LLD, AERM, ES, GP, SJ)3
HH 200Holistic Approach to Academic Success (D1, LLD, ES)3
HH 205Relaxation and Stress Reduction (D1, LLD)3
HH 210The Dao of Well-Being in Chinese Tradition (C2, LLD, AERM)3
HH 380Holistic Health: Western Perspectives (UD-B, LLD, GP)3
HH 381Holistic Health: Eastern Perspectives (UD-D, LLD, GP)3
HH 382Holistic Health: Human Nature and Global Perspectives (UD-C, LLD, GP)3
HH 383Chinese Perspectives in Holistic Health (UD-D, LLD)3
HH 420Chinese Body-Mind Energetics (UD-C, LLD, GP)3
HH 430Foundation of Biofeedback and Self-Regulation (UD-B, LLD)3
HH 433Autogenic Training and Embodied Living (UD-B, LLD)3
HH 450Somatic Education and Holistic Health (UD-D, LLD)3
HH 530Herbal and Nutritional Principles in Chinese Healing (UD-B, LLD, GP)3
HH 535Western Nutrition and Herbs (UD-B, LLD, ES)3
HH 540Meditation and Imagery in Healing (UD-D, LLD, GP)3
HH 545Imagery and Healing in Tibetan Culture (UD-C, LLD, GP)3
HH 560Naturopathic Medicine and Personal Wellness (UD-B, LLD)3
HH 650Anthroposophical Health Studies (UD-D, LLD, GP)3
HH 660Art as Healing (UD-C, LLD)3
HH 670Alternative Health Practices (UD-D, LLD, GP)3
HH 680Holistic Health Internship Seminar (UD-D, LLD)3
HH 690Seminar: Psychophysiology of Healing (UD-B, LLD)3
HTM 110Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management (LLD, ES, GP, SJ)3
IBUS 576Global Entrepreneurship (LLD)3
ITEC 299How to Learn with Your iPod (LLD)3
ITEC 333Digital Pioneers: Creating Innovative Digital Entrepreneurs (UD-C, LLD, AERM)3
KIN 255Health-related Fitness and Wellness (D1, LLD, ES, GP, SJ)3
KIN 257Wellness, Fitness and the Global Perspective (LLD, GP)3
KIN 331Peak Performance (UD-D, LLD, GP, SJ)3
KIN 355Science, Sport, and Fitness (UD-B, LLD)3
LTNS 230Introduction to Latina/o Literature (C3, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
LTNS 530Latina/os and the Media (UD-C, LLD, AERM, SJ)3
MEIS 300Foundations in Middle East and Islamic Studies (UD-D, LLD, GP)3
NURS 500/GRN 510Death and Dying in Contemporary Society (UD-D, LLD)3
PHIL 383Ethics in Medicine (UD-C, LLD, SJ)3
PHIL 384Philosophy of Research Ethics (UD-C, LLD, GP, SJ)3
PHIL 445/SXS 469Sex and Morality (UD-C, LLD)3
PHIL 494Philosophy and Personal Development (UD-C, LLD)3
PHIL 520Philosophy and Mysticism (UD-C, LLD, GP, SJ)3
PHIL 525/RELS 300The Nature of Religious Experience (UD-C, LLD, GP)3
PSY 200General Psychology (D1, LLD)3
PSY/SXS 320Sex and Relationships (UD-D, LLD, GP)3
RPT 110Critical Thinking and the Leisure Experience (A3, LLD)3
RPT 200Foundations of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (LLD)3
RPT 205Enlightened and Sustainable Travel (D1, LLD)3
RPT 210Arts and Crafts for Leisure (C1, LLD)3
RPT 240Leisure and Society (D1, LLD)3
RPT 380Developmental Play Processes (UD-D, LLD)3
RRS 303Health and Wellness among Pacific Islanders (UD-B, LLD, SJ)3
SCI 101First Year Experience in Science and Engineering (A3, LLD, ES)3
WGS 200Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (D1, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3
WGS/SXS 551Queer Literatures and Media (UD-C, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)3

Abbreviations

AERM: American Ethnic and Racial Minorities
ES: Environmental Sustainability
GP: Global Perspectives
LLD: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (Area E)
SJ: Social Justice