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Additional Resources

Assist

Use Asisst to verify if and how courses taken at California community colleges will be applied to your General Education plan or major at CSULB. If a course does not come up under the “Agreements with Other Campuses” section, check under the “Courses Applicable for Transfer” section. Many lower-division courses are transferrable even if there is not an articulation agreement in place for that specific class.

 

Schedule of Classes

The Schedule of Classes shows all classes offered each semester. Click on the GE Requirement tab to see which classes are being offered in each GE category. Once registration begins, it is possible to see which classes are still open, just look for the green circle. If there is not one, it means the class has a waitlist or is closed. This information is updated every weekday at midnight. You should use the Schedule of Classes in conjunction with your Academic Requirements Report to complete GE and Major/Minor requirements.

If you need to search for a GE class offered at a specific time (i.e. MW 2:00pm), or in a specific category when you are building your schedule, you can specify additional search criteria in your My.CSULB class search.

 

Catalog

Read your catalog to ensure you are following the correct path for your major and GE classes. If you have changed majors since you entered CSULB, choose the catalog from the academic year in which you declared your major. CSULB catalogs from 1997-1998 to the present academic year are available online.

 

General Education

General Education (GE) provides students with the opportunity to gain a breadth of knowledge that would not be attained if students took courses solely within their major program. The curriculum allows students to learn different ways to approach problems, and to gain the oral and written communication skills needed to succeed in their chosen careers. GE is also helpful to students who are unsure of what major/minor to pursue by allowing them to take courses from different areas of study that may spark their interests.

Listings of courses that count in the various General Education categories in the current semester are available online in the Schedule of Classes. Students may find the GE Worksheet (2012 GE, 2008 GE) helpful when used in conjunction with the Academic Requirements report.

 

Frequently Used Forms

The forms below (and many more) are available on the Enrollment Services website – click on Forms & Publications

 

Requesting a Recommendation

If you want to request letter of recommendation, here are a few guidelines you should follow in order to receive a a good, quality recommendation.

General Etiquette When Requesting a Letter of Recommendation

  • Request letters from those who know you. You should ask them, “Do you feel you know me well enough to write a letter of recommendation for me?” This gives them a way out if they don’t feel that they can write you a successful recommendation. Rather than saying, “will you write me a letter,” asking if they know you well enough or feel comfortable writing one is a better approach.
  • Give the person 3 to 4 weeks optimally, but never less than 2 weeks. Most folks are very busy and may have numerous letters to write. You want to be courteous to the person who is setting aside valuable time to help you.
  • Often, especially if they are faculty, they will want copies of your transcripts, a résumé, a statement of purpose (if writing graduate school letters), information on the program or place to which you are applying, and forms if provided.
  • Plan ahead to tell the person you have asked if you will pick up the letter personally or would like it to be mailed. If you expect the person to mail the letter of recommendation, provide them with an addressed and stamped envelope. Do not expect them to provide these.
  • You should always say thank you and send a thank you note to the individual who wrote your letter. This shows your appreciation, and in the event that you need another recommendation, s/he may be happy to help you again.
  • Finally, it is always polite to follow up and let them know if you got the job, admitted, etc.

Start now to create the contacts you will need. Take more than one class from a faculty member whom you might want to write a letter on your behalf. Or if this is not possible, ask the instructor for a letter at the end of the semester (if appropriate). If you don’t do this, then you need to keep in contact with the instructor over time so they won’t forget you.