Welcome to the General Studies for Advisors page

This page was built with a faculty and staff audience in mind.  Students, please make an appointment with your advisor via the Student Hub to get help with any General Studies questions or make your way back to the main page!

One of our strategic plan goals is to provide an ideal transfer experience for students.  Through a joint effort between faculty and staff, several long-lived General Studies policies were reviewed and updated.  These updated policies are not retroactive and were implemented in the 2022-2023 catalog.  Please see the table below and the 2022-2023 Catalog General Studies Policy Changes accordions under that for details.

Additionally, several other common questions about General Studies and Ethnic Studies & Social Justice are addressed below.  This should provide some clarity for advisors trying to keep track of all of the changes made in the recent past.

General Studies Policy Changes

2022-2023 Catalog General Studies Policy Changes

Several policy changes regarding prescribed General Studies courses, courses in the same prefix as the major, course count (double dip), and a new 33 credit rule changed for the 2022-2023 catalog.  These changes were coded into Degree Progress Reports for students on the 2022-2023 catalog and subsequent catalogs.  These changes are not retroactive.  We appreciate the help in carefully advising based on catalog year, using Degree Progress Reports as a guide.  Unfold the accordions below to learn more about the differences between the old vs. new rules.

Frequently Asked General Studies Advising Questions

"Multicultural Requirement" changing to "Ethnic Studies & Social Justice Requirement"

The Faculty Senate Multicultural Review Committee spent years revisiting the Multicultural graduation requirement and found it was in need of modernizing.  With the voted approval of the full Faculty Senate, they have renamed the requirement Ethnic Studies & Social Justice (ESSJ).  They have updated the requirement description and the student learning outcomes. Beginning in the 2023-2024 catalog, students see the Ethnic Studies & Social Justice graduation requirement in place of the Multicultural Requirement.

Key points:

  • None of the rules have changed around this requirement.
    • Some courses will still “double dip” with General Studies
  • All courses that were on the Multicultural list for 2022-2023 are tagged, beginning in fall 2023 semester, as being both Multicultural (MC) and Ethnic Studies & Social Justice (ESSJ).  This will help students and advisors by keeping only one list for both groups of students.
  • This list will be updated annually with the release of the next catalog (each March) and it will be important to keep track of the current list, as we anticipate some courses to be removed and others added as the courses all undergo a redesignation process over a few years.  When we remove a course from ESSJ, it will also be removed from MC.
  • Remember, students get their MC/ESSJ/General Studies attributes by taking a course tagged with the attribute at the time they take the course.


Contact Us

Advisors and Faculty are the best source of General Studies information. Contact the General Studies program with lingering questions.


Email the Director of General Studies Dr. Todd Laugen:  [email protected]


Mailing Address: 
Metropolitan State University of Denver
General Studies Program
Campus Box 27
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362