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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

College of Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (120 units)

The B.A. in Liberal Arts is a degree completion program designed to provide working adults who have accrued some college credits with an alternative delivery format that is more conducive to their personal and professional lives, providing a stronger possibility of graduation. The program is designed in a cohort format which provides students opportunities for networking as well as an environment where students' shared interests, knowledge, and skills enhance the learning experience for all. The degree will be in the Liberal Arts, an area that is general enough to support a wide variety of transferable units as well as support students with wide-ranging career interests.

This program is designed for the convenience and ease of access for the working adult. The majority of the classes will be taught face-to-face on the CSULB campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The basic core of courses will occasionally be coupled with a class being offered partially or entirely online. The online courses will be drawn exclusively from the list of those courses previously approved through the normal University curriculum review process.

Admission Requirements

  • Current transfer requirements for non-impacted majors (Minimum GPA of 2.0 in all transferable units attempted and good standing at last college attended.
  • Complete with a "C" or better by the end of the prior Spring term for Fall admission or by the end of the prior Summer term for Spring admission the CSU GE requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning.
  • Complete a minimum of 30 semester units, or 45 quarter units, of C or better in courses approved to meet CSU General Education requirements, or be GE Certified for all Lower Division General Education requirements of the University
  • Minimum of 78 units and at least 8 units from a four-year school.
  • Maximum of 90 units to be counted toward the degree, at least 20 units from a four-year school, and at least 10 UD units.
  • Essay of at least 1000 words on why the student wants to major in the Liberal Arts and what the student hopes to achieve by completing the degree. The essay should explicitly address what the student hopes to achieve in terms of the goals for student learning outcomes of the curriculum (as detailed in #3, below). This essay is the first element of the assessment plan for the degree program, and each essay will be reviewed by members of the Advisory Board and the Program Director.

Program Requirements

  • 1. A minimum of 24 upper-division units, with at least two courses (6 units) in each of the three Areas below.
  • 2. Three (1-3) units in CLA 499: Directed Studies: Professional Portfolio.
  • 3. Remaining units (3) selected from any of the three Areas below.

Area I: Oral and Written Communication

  • COMM 334 Business and Professional Communication (3)
    Prerequisite: COMM 130 or consent of instructor.
  • COMM 411 Communication in Conflict Resolution (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, completion of one or more GE Exploration courses, and upper division standing.
  • COMM 439 Communication and Popular Culture (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • ENGL 300 Advanced Composition (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements and upper-division standing.
  • ENGL 317 Technical Communication (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, upper-division standing, and a previous composition course, i.e., ENGL 100, 101, 102, 300, or equivalents.

Area II: Global Citizenship and Cross-Disciplinary Knowledge

  • ANTH 307I Modernization in Global Perspective (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
  • ANTH 412I Culture and Communication (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
  • ANTH 475 / LING 470 /WGSS 475 Language and Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    Prerequisite: None
  • CWL 320I Comic Spirit (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
  • CWL 350 Global Literature in American Culture (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
  • CWL 415I Ethnic Literature and Culture in America (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
  • GEOG/IST 319I International Development (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one Explorations course, upper-division standing.
  • GEOG 470 Political Geography (3)
    Prerequisite: GEOG 360 or consent of instructor.
  • POSC 321 The Media and American Politics (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement; POSC 100 or consent of instructor.
  • POSC 326 California Government in Comparative Perspective (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement.
  • POSC 371 Introduction to International Politics (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement; POSC 100.
  • PSY 384 Workplace Diversity: Barriers and Strategies (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 100, GE Foundation requirement and upper division standing
  • PSY 381 Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3)
    Prerequisites: PSY 100, GE Foundation requirement and upper division standing

Area III: Cultures, Values and Beliefs

  • ANTH 353 Health and Healing (3)
    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirement.
  • ANTH 422 The Anthropology of Gender (3)
    Prerequisites: Upper-division standing and ANTH 351 or consent of instructor.
  • PHIL 352I Philosophy of Law (3)
    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
  • PHIL 381I Philosophy of Science (3)
    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Exploration courses, and upper-division standing.
  • POSC 391 American Government (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement.
  • R/ST 302I American Religious Diversity (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirements, one or more Explorations courses, and upper-division standing.
  • SOC 346 Race, Gender and Class (3)
    Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
  • WGSS 318I U.S. Women of Color (3)
    Prerequisites: ENGL 100 and upper division standing or consent of instructor.
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