University Studies Curriculum Committee

Courses taught within the Department of University Studies are designed to provide students with academic and transitional support. Through University Studies courses, new members of the Sonoma State community are welcomed to campus with introductions to campus resources, mentoring opportunities, and tools for academic success. Students develop their personal, academic, and career goals and cultivate a sense of responsibility to themselves and the world around them. Together with co-curricular activities these learning experiences lay a strong foundation for lifelong personal and intellectual growth. First-Year Learning Communities, Sophomore-Year Experience courses, and University Studies Courses are overseen by the University Studies Curriculum Committee. 

First-Year Learning Community (FLC) courses and Sophomore-Year Experience (SYE) courses must be re-certified.  The University Studies Curriculum Committee is accepting FLC and SYE proposals proposals for review now. Please see the General Education Resource page for the appropriate forms and other resources.

University Studies Curriculum Committee Charge

The University Studies Curriculum Committee oversees courses and programs under the purview of University Studies and transition curriculum at Sonoma State. Functions shall include but not be limited to: 

  1. Review and recommend approval or disapproval of new, or modified courses with transition curriculum.
  2. Assess, develop, and modify transition standards as needed.
  3. Discuss and recommend approval or disapproval of proposals under the purview of University Studies, including but not limited to course proposals, program changes, addition and deletion of courses and programs, program review, and general policies with impact on instruction and learning. 
  4. Advise Educational Policies Committee on approval or disapproval of curricular changes, included and not limited to course proposals, program changes, and addition and deletion of courses and programs as needed.
  5. Support interdisciplinary initiatives across Sonoma State University.


Voting Members

  • One faculty member, elected for a three year term by the schools of Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Education, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and the Library. It is recommended that faculty members have experience teaching or coordinating First Year Experience (FYE) and/or Second Year Experience (SYE) courses and programs (e.g. First Year Learning Communities (FLCs)). 
  • One peer mentor student representative, appointed for a one year term. 
  • Faculty Fellow of University Studies and Transition Programs 
  • First and Second Year Coordinator

University Studies Curriculum Committee Membership 2022-2023

Position Representing Name Term
Chair  Arts & Humanities jennifer johnson 2021-2023
Member Business & Economics Kathryn Chang  
Member Education Chiara Bacigalupa 2022-2024
Member Science & Technology Nansong Wu 2021-2023
Member Social Sciences Michelle Jolly 2022-2024
Member Students Kieleigh Calcagno   
Member First & Second Year Programs Ricardo Calderon  
Member Library  Emily Acosta Lewis  
Ex-Officio Academic Programs Jennifer Lillig  


Academic Year 2023-2024 Meeting Dates 

Friday 11:00am-12:00pm via Zoom, for Zoom information email Maddie Peterson

  • Fall 2023: 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, 12/1
  • Spring 2024: 2/2, 2/16, 3/1, 3/15, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10