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Fall 2020 Transfer Major Specific Requirements - CLA

These criteria will be used for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Transfer admission consideration only. 
Admission criteria are subject to change for future admission cycles. See ASSIST to determine the courses offered at California institutions which will satisfy the specific course requirements.

College of Liberal Arts

Admission to all majors at CSULB is competitive as CSULB continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. All transfer students must declare a major when submitting their application. Review Transfer Application and Admissions eligibility for details.  To review the detailed major specific requirements select the major below. If a major is highly impacted it will be noted next to the name of the major and additional supplemental criteria and requirements are indicated in the major specific details.

How will students be considered for admission?

  • Except for "Highly Impacted" majors, CSU eligible applicants who are considered   "local"  based on their high school of graduation or their military veteran status will be offered admission if they meet the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and required lower division preparation.
  • Other CSU eligible applicants who have met the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and the minimum required lower division preparation will be admitted on a space available basis based on their cumulative GPA and the additional preparation courses completed if specified in the criteria.
  • If space is available after all students meeting the minimum major GPA and preparation have been accommodated, then CSU eligible students without the minimum major preparation will be considered.
  • Students admitted to the major who have not completed the additional recommended transfer requirements or the additional CSULB requirements must complete them in their first year at CSULB.

BE AWARE:  For Spring term admission, coursework and unit minimums must be completed no later than the prior Summer term.

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) recipients: The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) curriculum is used in lieu of the major specific degree requirements. We strongly encourage students to complete both the recommended and required courses as CSULB remains highly competitive in our admissions process. Under current CSU guidelines, the cumulative GPA will be increased by 0.1 and this ‘calculated GPA’ will be applied in the ranking of applicants. Please see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) for a complete list of requirements and additional information on how the ADT will be used in the competitive ranking process.

 

Asian & Asian-American Studies

Includes Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Chinese Studies, and Japanese Majors. 

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

 

Africana Studies

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

American Sign Language Linguistics and Deaf Cultures

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

ASLD

101

American Sign Language 1

ASLD

102

American Sign Language 2

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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American Studies

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

Anthropology

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Chicano & Latino Studies

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

 

Communication Studies (All Options)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

The following suite of courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5: 

Course Number

Course Title

COMM

110

Interpersonal Communication

COMM

131

Essentials of Argumentation

Complete one of the following courses: 

 

 

COMM

130

Essentials of Public Speaking

COMM

171

Voice And Applied Speaking (If completed prior to Fall 2012)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Mathematics

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Comparative Literature and Classics

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

Economics & Business Economics

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.25
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses
must be completed with a minimum
GPA of 2.3

Course Number

Course Title

ECON

100

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON

101

Principles of Microeconomics

MATH

115, 122

Calculus for Business; or Calculus I

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

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Economics (Mathematical Economics/Economic Theory)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.25
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses
must be completed with a minimum 
GPA of 2.3

Course Number

Course Title

ECON

100

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON

101

Principles of Microeconomics

MATH

122

Calculus I

MATH

123

Calculus II

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Explore:

English

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

Environmental Science & Policy B.A.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

BIOL

200, 211

General Biology or Introduction to Evolution & Diversity

MATH

115, 119A, 122

Calculus for Business; or Survey of Calculus I; or Calculus I

GEOL

102

General Geology

GEOL

104

 Geology Laboratory

ECON

100

Principles of Macroeconomics

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking 

Explore:

Environmental Science & Policy B.S.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

CHEM

111A

General Chemistry

MATH

119A, 122

 Survey of Calculus I; or Calculus I

BIOL

211

Introduction to Evolution and Diversity

ECON

101

Principles of Microeconomics

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking 
Transfer Applicants Only

Additional recommended preparation for Transfer Applicants Only (grade of C or better required)

Course Number

Course Title

BIOL

212

Introduction to Cell Molecular Biology

GEOL

102

General Geology

 

GEOL

104

General Laboratory

Explore:

Geography

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

History

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

Human Development

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.25
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Complete Two of the Four
Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

PSY

100

General Psychology

SOC

100

Principles of Sociology

ANTH

120

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

HDEV 180 Lifespan Human Development

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore: 

International Studies

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

Jewish Studies

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

Journalism, Mass Communication & Public Relations

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

Linguistics

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

Philosophy 

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

Political Science 

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses
must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:

Course Number

Course Title

POSC

100

Introduction to American Government

An additional lower division Political Science Course 

 

 

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore: 

 

Psychology

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:

Course Number

Course Title

PSY

100

General Psychology

PSY

110

Introductory Statistics

PSY

220

Research Methods

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore: 

Public Relations B.A.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

Religious Studies 

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literature

Includes Spanish, Spanish Interdisciplinary, French and Francophone, German, Italian and Russian languages.


To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

Sociology

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.25
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

SOC

100

Principles of Sociology

SOC

142

Social Trends and Problems

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Mathematics
Transfer Applicants Only

Additional recommended preparation for Transfer Applicants Only

Complete one of the following (grade of C or better required)

Course Number

Course Title

SOC

170

Elementary Statistics

HDEV 

190

Elementary Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences

PSY 

110

Introductory Statistics 

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Spanish: Interdisciplinary B.A.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore:

Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required)

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

General Education 

Category C

Arts & Humanities
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

General Education

Category D

Social Science & Citizenship
(minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

Explore: