New GE Program FAQ

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Please see below for a FAQ regarding the new GE program (last updated Summer 2022): 

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New GE Program FAQ

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Departments will want to consider future demand for certain kinds of courses, but also the nature and ELOs of the courses themselves.  Foundation courses are meant to be introductory, while Theme courses are meant to be more advanced and to build on the competencies developed in the earlier courses. Foundation courses will typically be at the 1000 or 2000 level and cannot have prerequisites, while Theme courses will typically be at the 2000 level or above. However, because there is some variation in the way that units number courses, there are no formal rules surrounding course numbering for the Foundations or the Themes.  Some existing GE courses may require substantial revision if they need to become either more introductory or more advanced.

We expect demand at the Foundation level to be highest for the new category of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender Diversity (REGD)—a requirement that cannot currently be satisfied by an AP/IB test.

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No. Because the ELOs for Themes courses specify that these courses provide more advanced or in-depth attention to the content, Themes courses are necessarily more advanced than Foundation courses, at least in their treatment of the material covered by the GE ELOs.  A course can satisfy either a Foundation or a Theme category, but not both.

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Should you decide to move a 2367 (or any course) to the WIL Foundation, it cannot also serve to satisfy the Advanced Writing embedded literacy requirement in your or any other major.  Courses that satisfy the latter requirement are by definition at a higher level than those in the WIL Foundation, and presume completion of the Foundation requirement. 

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Yes. As long as a course meets the ELOs for the relevant Foundation categories (or Themes), it is eligible to be used to satisfy one or the other category. For example, it is expected that some of the courses within the “Race, Gender, and Ethnicity” foundation category might also satisfy “Historical and Cultural Studies” (among other possible pairings), and could be approved for offering in both categories. Likewise, a course in the “Sustainability” Theme might also satisfy the ELOs for “Citizenship for a Diverse and Just World” (among other possible pairings). Note that for a single student, a single course cannot be applied to satisfy multiple foundations (or Themes) — students will need to choose distinct courses to satisfy each category.  Courses seeking approval within multiple categories are expected to meet all of the ELOs of all of the categories for which it seeks approval.

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Although there is no hard and fast rule, it is expected that most Foundation courses will be offered at the 1000- and 2000-level and most Themes courses will be at the 2000-level and above. 1,000-level courses that are more advanced (i.e., having prerequisites or other enrollment criteria) may be appropriate as Themes courses, and introductory but specialized courses offered at the 2000-level or above may be appropriate as Foundation courses. The most important criterion for approval within a category will be the appropriateness of the course to the ELOs of the category for which it seeks approval, not its number.