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General Education Requirements

If you were admitted as a first-year student you must plan to complete the following general education requirements for Sixth College. Neither IGETC certification nor partial-IGETC completion may apply towards the fulfillment of college general education requirements for students who are admitted as first-year student.

If admitted as a transfer student you must plan to complete the upper-division general education requirements listed below; additional general education courses may be required based on your transfer agreement

All students must meet Sixth College GE requirements in addition to University Requirements


Sixth College General Education (GE) requirements (PDF)
GE, DEI, and AHI Course Overlaps (PDF)

Core Sequence: Culture, Art, and Technology (CAT)

You must complete the core sequence (CAT 1, 2, and 3) in order. You should complete the sequence during your first year or as soon as you have completed the Entry Level Writing Requirement. The sequence cannot be replaced with college courses taken at another institution. This sequence is required for all students admitted as first-year students.

Breadth Requirements

Take 11 breadth courses encompassing a variety of disciplines outlined in the Sixth College GE Requirements list:

  • Information Technology Fluency (1 computing/programming course)
  • Social Analysis (2 social science courses)
  • Narrative, Aesthetic, and Historical Reasoning (2 humanities courses)
  • Analytical and Scientific Methods (2 science courses)
  • Structured Reasoning (1 math/logic course)
  • Exploring Data (1 statistics course)
  • Art Making (8 units)

These areas may overlap with applicable major, minor, and other university requirements. Applicable Advanced Placement (AP) credit, International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, and transfer credit may be applied toward these areas. 

Upper Division Requirements

  • Practicum course or project
    • This area may overlap with major, minor, and other university requirements
  • CAT 125 or 125R Public Rhetoric and Practical Communication