CSUF faculty are leading an effort to reform General Education through the development of thematic pathways for entering students. Patterned after similar projects at other universities nationwide, including CSU Northridge and CSU Chico, the project is intended to improve student success in their initial courses, strengthen their attachment to the university, and create a more coherent general education program.
Both students and faculty and students will benefit from the pilot project. Students will benefit from the opportunity to work more closely with faculty, to participate in innovative co-curricular activities, and to belong to an informal cohort of students. Faculty will enjoy the opportunity to work more closely with colleagues from other departments and disciplines to develop a stronger first-year experience for their students.
During AY 2014-2015, the pilot project will enroll approximately 400 students. Students will select one of four broadly defined pathways: Globalization, Sustainability, Food, Health and Well-Being, and Politics and Power. A wide variety of classes will be available in each pathway. Over the course of their first year, students will complete 9-15 units within their chosen pathway, as well as an additional 15-21 units from courses outside the pathway.