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General Education Requirements

General Education for Undergraduate Students

At CSULB, General Education is an important part of the undergraduate educational experience. A well-planned General Education program of study will provide students with the skills they will need to excel in whatever disciplines they choose to pursue.

College students all across the United States complete a GE program toward becoming a well-educated person. General Education is the key to a most successful future. A well-planned GE program of study provides students with the skills they will need to excel in whatever discipline(s) they choose to pursue. Employers are hiring and promoting people who have more than just knowledge in a discipline; they are looking for people who can do things like write and speak clearly, solve problems, work well in diverse teams, and make ethical decisions. These are some of the essential skills of GE. As a successful student, one of your responsibilities is to seek out information to work with advisors to plan to take a set of GE courses that best suits your current interests and future directions.

This site offers much of the information needed to build your best GE Program. The links below provide further information on the importance of General Education, as well as information on requirements and approved courses.

  • 2012 General Education 
    Students who began continuous enrollment in Fall 2012 or later at a California Community College or other California State University must follow this pattern.
     
  • 2008 General Education  
    Students who began continuous enrollment between 2008 and Spring 2011 can follow this pattern or may elect the 2012 pattern.
     
  • 1999 General Education
    Students who began continuous enrollment between 1999 and Spring 2008 at a California Community College or other California State University can follow this pattern or may elect the 2012 pattern.
     
  • University Center for Undergraduate Advising 
    Students enrolled prior to 1999 or with questions related to the appropriate General Education pattern should contact the University Center for Undergraduate Advising.

 

General Education Overview 

Why do Students Have to Take GE Courses?

Students may enter college with a specific major in mind, but no matter what they will call themselves professionally, EVERYONE needs some of the same skills to be a well-educated person. EMPLOYERS will expect you to solve problems and make good decisions using complex information, to act ethically, to contribute to a team of diverse people, and to communicate your ideas effectively in writing and in speech. You are also becoming a citizen of our diverse democracy and of the world. Fellow citizens in each COMMUNITY for which you are a member will expect you to contribute productively to society and to make responsible decisions.

Leading experts in higher education as well as many large companies who seek to employ the best college graduates have worked together to define the most desirable skills. These skills are the outcome statements below. Notice that ‘knowledge’ is only one aspect of the most desirable skills.

What are the Essential GE Student Learning Outcomes?

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World

Achieved through study in:
Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences, Humanities, Histories, Languages, and the Arts.

Intellectual and Practical Skills, including:

  • Written Communication (WRIT)
  • Oral Communication (ORAL)
  • Critical Thinking (CRIT)
  • Quantitative Reasoning (QUANT)
  • Information Literacy and Technology Literacy (ILTL)
  • Teamwork (TEAM)
  • Creativity, Inquiry, and Discovery (CRE/INQ/DIS)

Personal and Civic Responsibility, including:

  • Global Competencies (GLOBAL)
  • Intercultural Competence (cultural values/traditions-U.S.) (US-CULTURE)
  • Ethical Reasoning and Social Responsibility (ETHIC)
  • Self-Understanding (SELF)
  • Foundation and Skills for Lifelong Learning (LIFELONG)

Integrative Learning, including:

  • Synthesis and Interdisciplinary Methods of Inquiry (INTDISC)

General Education Approved Courses

General Education Resources

Electing a Different General Education Pattern
A new General Education pattern is effective Fall 2012. Students who enter Fall 2012 or later must follow this pattern unless they hold catalog rights to a prior General Education pattern. Students who are under a prior General Education pattern may elect to complete the new pattern. Students should see an advisor in the University Center for Undergraduate Advising or their respective department/program area prior to making this decision. The advisor can file an Advisor Request electronically or the student can submit a Problem Resolution Worksheet (PDF) to formally request the change with Enrollment Services.

Minimum General Education Units Outside the Major
A minimum of  35 units of the student’s General Education  courses under the Fall 2012 pattern must be taken outside of  the  student’s major department.  The Academic Requirements Report will automatically monitor this requirement. Students can elect to change which courses the Academic Requirements Report is using by completing a Problem Resolution Worksheet (PDF) and submitting it to Enrollment Services.

Monitoring Progress
Students should regularly run their Academic Requirements Report on MyCSULB to monitor their completion of all degree requirements including General Education. The report is updated with the latest registration changes, transfer credit evaluations, and advisor approved adjustments every time it is generated. For assistance in understanding the report see "Using Academics - Progress to Degree."

Finding Courses
Students can find courses that meet General Education requirements by the following:

  • Review the list of General Education Approved Courses

  • Browse the Schedule of Classes. This list is updated nightly and includes courses sorted by General Education requirement.

  • Search for Classes on MyCSULB. The 'Catalog search' will display current information including course descriptions, pre-requisites and the GE requirements the course is certified to meet.   The Additional Search Criteria allows you to search for GE classes being offered  in a GE category.  The 'Class Search' will also display current enrollment status information. Here is a sample catalog result from MyCSULB:

For More Assistance
The University Center for Undergraduate Advising and other special program and advising centers are great resource for students who need assistance navigating the General Education requirements.

Previous Courses (No Longer Certified for General Education)

Beginning Fall 2008, the General Education course list is maintained on the CSU web site and contains all currently certified courses. The list below reflects courses offered Fall 2008 or after which are not currently active reflecting the period when they were eligible for GE credit.

Previous Courses No Longer Certified

Subject/
Number

Title 

GE
Category

GE
Designation

Begin Term

End Term

A/ST 300I

TRADITIONAL ASIA

C3, D2

Capstone/
Interdisciplinary,
Global

Fall 1988

Winter 2011

A/ST 301I

MODERN ASIA

D2

Capstone /
Interdisciplinary;
Global

Fall 1988

Winter 2011

A/ST 334

EAST ASIAN LIT AND CULTURES

C2a

Explorations

Fall 1988

Winter 2011

AFRS 205

INTRO TO AFRICAN AMER LIT

C2a

Explorations

Fall 2001

Winter 2015

AFRS 304

THE AFRICAN
COLONIAL EXPERIENCE

D2

 

Spring 1993

Winter 2014

ARAB 250

ARABIC FOR ARABIC SPEAKERS

C2

Explorations

Spring 2007

Winter 2015

ASAM 221

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN
ASIAN AMERICA

D2

Explorations

Fall 2003

Fall 2014

BIOL
111 / 111L

INTRODUCTION TO EVOLUTION/
DIVERSITY

B1a

Explorations

Fall 2008

Summer 2010

BIOL 211A

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES I

B1a

Explorations

Fall 1995

Summer 2009

BIOL 211C

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
LABORATORY

B1a

Explorations

Spring 1999

Summer 2009

BIOL 3091

HUMAN BODY AND MIND

E

 

Fall 2000

Summer 2009

C/LA 314I

INTRO TO CONTEMPORARY EUROPE

D2

Capstone/
Interdisciplinary

Fall 1993

Summer 2009

C/LA 315I

CONTEMPORARY
EUROPEAN SOCIETY

D2

Capstone/
Interdisciplinary

Fall 1993

Summer 2009

CHIN 111

ACCELERATED CHINESE
HERITAGE STUDENTS I

C2C

 

Fall
2005

Winter 2015

CHIN 211

ACCELERATED CHINESE
HERITAGE STUDENTS II

C2C

 

Fall
2005

Winter 2015

CLSC 3301

PIRATES, MERCHANTS,
AND MARINES

D2

Capstone/
Interdisciplinary

Spring
2007

Summer 2009

COMM 171

VOICE & APPLIED SPEAKING

A2

Foundation

Fall 1992

Summer 2012

CWL 336

SOUTHEAST ASIAN LIT
AND CULTURES

C2a

Explorations

Fall 2004

Summer 2009

ED P 373

NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION:
Interaction of Mind and Body

C1,D2, E

Capstone/
Interdisciplinary

Fall 1997

Winter 2016

EDSE 490

THE POLITICS OF DISASTER:
HURRICANE KATRINA &
ITS AFTERMATH

D2

Human Diversity;
Capstone/Service
Learning

Spring 2010

Spring 2010

ES P 300I

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
& POLICY

D2

Capstone/
Interdisciplinary, 
Global Issues

Spring 2005

Winter 2012

ETEC 100

TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING

E

 

Fall 2006

Spring 2012

FIN 309

CONSUMER IN LEGAL &
ECON ENVIRON

D2, E

 

Spring 2009

Summer 2016

GEOG 322

GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTH AMERICA

D2

 

Fall 2006

Winter 2014

HIST 346

THE EUROPEAN CINEMA OF
COMMUNISM, FASCISM,
AND RESISTANCE

C2A, D2

Global Issues,
Capstone/
Interdisciplinary

Spring 2004

Summer 2015

HIST 347

TRADITION & CRISIS:
JEWS OF EASTERN EUROPE

D2

Global Issues

Spring 2006

Summer 2013

JAPN 370

JAPAN LITERATURE
ENGLISH TRANSLATION

C2a

 

Spring 2008

Winter 2014

JOUR 220

UNDERSTANDING NEWS MEDIA

D2

Explorations

Spring 2008

Winter 2012

JOUR 311

REPORTING AND
INFORMATION GATHERING

 

Writing Intensive

Fall 2004

Winter 2015

KIN 332

SOCIOCULTRAL DIMENSIONS OF
SPORT & HUMAN MOVEMENT

D2

Capstone/
Interdisciplinary

 

Summer 2013

MATH 108

STATISTICS FOR EVERYDAY LIFE

B2

Foundation

Fall 2007

Winter 2010

MATH 117

PRECALCULUS MATHEMATHICS

D2

Foundation

Spring 1997

Winter 2014

MICR 101

INTRO TO HUMAN DISEASE

B1ANL

 

 

Summer 2016

MICR 200

GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

B1a

Explorations

 

Summer 2016

MICR 300I

HUMAN IMMUNOLOGY
SELF DEFENSE

D2

Capstone/
Interdisciplinary

Fall 1989

Summer 2012

NRSG 481I

PARENTING

D2,E

Capstone/
​Interdisciplinary

Spring 2004

Spring 2009

NSCI 309

WOMEN IN SCIENCE

BIaNL,
B1bNL, D2

Capstone/
​Interdisciplinary

Spring 1998

Summer 2014

PHIL 362I

ETHICS AND
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

C2b

Explorations

Spring 1997

Summer 2009

PHIL 452I

LAW, PHILOSOPHY & HUMANITIES

C2b

Capstone/
​Interdisciplinary

Spring 1996

Fall 2009

POSC 210

ISSUES OF AMERICAN POLITICS

D2

 

Fall 2001

Fall 2013

POSC 215

ISSUES OF COMPARATIVE POLITICS

D2

GLOBAL

Fall 2001

Fall 2013

POSC 220

ISSUES IN GLOBAL POLITICS

D2

GLOBAL

Spring 1988

Fall 2013

PROF 388I

TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY

E

Capstone/
​Interdisciplinary

Spring 2006

Summer 2010

PROF 417I

TECHNOLOGY, ETHICS & SOCIETY

D2

Global;
Capstone/
Interdisciplinary

Spring 2006

Summer 2010

PROF 457I

WORKING AROUND THE WORLD

D2

Global; 
Capstone/
Interdisciplinary

Spring 2006

Summer 2010

PSY 370I

ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

D2, E

Explorations

Fall 2006

Summer 2009

PSY 375I

COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY

D2

Capstone/
​Interdisciplinary

Fall 2003

Summer 2009

R/ST 338

MEDIEVAL THOUGHT IN JUDAISM,
CHRISTIANITY, AND ISLAM

C2b

Capstone/
​Interdisciplinary

Fall 2005

Spring 2013

R/ST 339I

THE QUR'AN

C2b

Explorations

Fall 2007

Summer 2009

R/ST 485

CONTEMPORARY
RELIGIOUS THOUGHT

C2b

Explorations

Fall 1988

Fall 2013

RUSS 101A

FUNDAMENTALS OF RUSSIAN

C2c

Explorations

Spring 1988

Fall 2013

RUSS 101B

FUNDAMENTALS OF RUSSIAN

C2c

Explorations

Fall 1988

Fall 2013

RUSS 201A

INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN

C2c

Explorations

Fall 1988

Fall 2013

RUSS 201B

INTERMEDIATE RUSSIAN

C2c

Explorations

Fall 1988

Fall 2013

U/ST 301

THE URBAN SCENE

D2

Capstone/
​Interdisciplinary

Spring 2008

Winter 2014

W/ST 101

WOMEN & THEIR BODIES

E

Explorations

Fall 1988

Summer 2009

W/ST 102

WOMEN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY

D2

Explorations

Fall 1988

Summer 2009

W/ST 307I

US WOMEN & ECON-MONEY SEX PWR

D2

Capstone/
​Interdisciplinary,
Human Diversity

Fall 1997

Summer 2009

W/ST 309I

WOMEN IN SOCIETY

D2

Capstone/
​Interdisciplinary

Spring 1999

Summer 2009

W/ST 318I

U S WOMEN OF COLOR

C2a, D2

Capstone/
Interdisciplinary,
Human Diversity

Spring 2004

Summer 2009

W/ST 319

ETHNIC EXPERIENCE IN US

D2

Human Diversity

Fall 1993

Summer 2009

W/ST 365I

POP CULT:WOMEN, GEND,SEXUALITY

C3, D2

Capstone/
Interdisciplinary,
Human Diversity

Spring 2004

Summer 2009

W/ST 382

WOMEN AND LITERATURE

C2a

Explorations

Fall 1988

Summer 2009

W/ST 401I

BODIES AND BORDERS

D2

Capstone/
Interdisciplinary,
Global Issues

Fall 1999

Summer 2009

W/ST 424

WOMEN & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

D2

Global Issues

Spring 2003

Summer 2009

WGSS 309

WOMEN IN SCIENCE

B1aNL,

B1aNL, D2

Capstone/
Interdisciplinary

Summer 1998

Winter 2014

Prior to Fall 2008, a separate General Education list was maintained for each Term: 

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