CIC is a service learning program which provides academic credit, training, supervision, and support for students who perform community service in a non-profit agency listed with CIC. The program is based on reciprocal learning, sharing, and teaching and offers the opportunity for personal growth and career skills development.

A student may receive four (4) units of upper division English credit for successfully completing all the course requirements. Courses currently offered are ENG 394, 395, 695, and 696 (ENG 696 fulfills the early field experience requirement for credential candidates).

The educational philosophy is designed to give students an opportunity to supplement their classroom learning by actually applying what they learn to the community, from large classes into small reflective seminars, and from being supervised and taught to supervising and teaching others.

In addition, work experience is available for exceptionally mature students who are capable of administering the program through CIC's Professional and Leadership Development Program (CIC staff).

For further information, visit Building T-A in front of the gym or contact CIC at e-mail address:


The Cooperative Education Program offers students an opportunity to receive credit for academically relevant field assignments in which theoretical course work can be applied to real world problems. Students may receive either six units for part-time work or twelve units for full-time work. Accumulated units count toward a Certificate in Cooperative Education. Units are not intended to replace general education or major curricular course work. Limited free elective units may be substituted upon approval of advising faculty, or the cooperative education faculty coordinator within the student's major field of study. This program is open to all university majors. For further information, go to TH 215 or call 338-1050.


CEEL is designed to meet the needs of students whose university-level prior learning experiences can be evaluated for credit towards certain general education, major, or elective requirements of the university. Credit is offered only after a comprehensive and searching evaluation by a faculty member in the area for which credit is sought and approved by a team of assigned faculty members. Two types of credit can be earned through CEEL.

Residence Units. Students who work closely with an SFSU faculty member and develop an extensive portfolio regarding prior learning can earn a maximum of six residence units under CEEL 300.

Non-Residence Units. Through the portfolio process a student can earn a maximum of 30 units beyond the six CEEL course credits above. These 30 units will be recorded on the SFSU transcript as "Advanced Standing" and are considered transfer credits. These units will not meet SFSU residence requirements toward the baccalaureate degree.

Students should be aware the policies for earning credit for prior learning vary from campus to campus in the CSU. For further information, contact the Advising Center.

Amount of Credit. Credit for prior "Advanced Standing" will not exceed 30 units including any units for experiential learning which may be accepted as a result of California State University policy from other institutions. The faculty in any academic program may set additional limits on the number of experiential learning units accepted, or required, for majors or minors in that program.


There are internship programs offered in the academic curricula of San Francisco State University. Internships have become the major factor in gaining employment after graduation. Check the departments for details or contact the Career Center for a list, 338-1761.


First Year Experience (FYE) courses are designed for San Francisco State students entering college for the first time. All such students are encouraged to register for the one-unit First Year Orientation Seminar, AU 100. Students who would like more substantial assistance in preparing for their university career, especially those who are undecided about their major, should sign up for the three-unit All University First Year Experience course, AU 101, instead of AU 100.


The Intensive Learning Program (ILP) was designed specifically to improve the retention and graduation of those students who, based on ELM and EPT scores, are the most seriously under prepared in the critical skills of written communication and mathematics. The target population are those first-time freshmen who have scored 370 and below on the Entry Level Mathematics test and/or 141 and below on the English Placement Test. A goal of this program is to increase the retention and graduation rates of underrepresented minorities.

Students are given an orientation in special ILP classes. These classes are smaller in size (approximately eighteen students per class) along with special curriculum designed specifically to prepare students to succeed in first year composition (ENG 114) and/or with their quantitative reasoning requirement. The progress of each ILP student is carefully monitored by the ILP staff.


The Learning Community (TLC) consists of a cohort of students enrolled in the same three linked courses and includes the instructors of these linked classes. These students remain together during the semester in The Learning Community, taking three classes as a group and closely interacting with each other and their instructors. The three linked classes, which are dedicated to the cohort, include a one-unit First Year Experience (FYE) course that is team taught by the instructors of the other two linked classes, which fulfill university graduation requirements. The FYE class serves as a freshman orientation seminar with discussions addressing academic topics, introduction to university life, academic skill development, personal and interpersonal skills related to academic success, and communication and information competency. Instructors in TLC provide close personal attention and advising and students provide peer support to each other during the critical initial period of introduction to university life. The Learning Community First Year Experience includes the following groups of linked courses:


San Francisco State University has a contractual arrangement with The Washington Center in Washington, D.C., to provide matriculated students with internship experiences in the nation's capital. Internship placements are made in a variety of executive, legislative, and judicial offices of the government. Students are also placed in other sites such as trade and professional associations, lobbying groups, national media corporations, non-profit agencies, educational institutions, environmental offices, and political parties.

Registration for The Washington Center credit involves the same registration procedures and fees as courses taught on campus. Credit (usually 9-12 units) is awarded through regular course offerings. The Washington Center has scholarships available to assist with housing, transportation, and other expenses. For additional information, contact the Career Center, (415) 338-1761.

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