Students take general education classes for many reasons. While not a major in itself, a general education pattern of study is required alongside major courses for all Associate's Degrees, as well as towards transfer to a university for a Bachelor's Degree. It's a great place to start if you are unclear of your major and want to get started on classes that will 'count' toward future goals. We also recommend using general education courses to explore majors of interest, as there are many different options within each of the patterns that can introduce you to the field without fully committing to it!
Patterns of Study:
- IGETC (use for UC, CSU, private schools, out of state transfer, and AA-T/AS-T Columbia College Degrees)
- CSU General Education Breadth (use for CSU transfer, AA-T/AS-T Columbia College Degrees)
- Associate's Degree (use for AA/AS Columbia College degrees)
Other related areas:
- Guidance courses
- Still Deciding (on my major)
- Columbia College & Modesto Junior College (MJC) equivalency list
- Activity Course options (for AA/AS degrees)
- Community Education (non-credit & Life-Long Learning classes)
Here's a great first semester plan:
We call it a Launchpad... a group of classes that will get you exploring and moving toward your goals, even if you are still trying to figure out what those goals are!
Launchpad: General Education (16 units)
(Or switch one of these out with a course in the major you want to explore. Check with a counselor, as there may be a general education option within the major that you can take and it could do double duty!)