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Fall 2019 - Major Specific Requirements for CSULB Students- CLA

CSULB students must meet precise major specific criteria in order to ‘declare a major.’ While freshmen are admitted directly into some majors, many majors require that students begin as pre-majors and then declare the major if and when they complete the major specific criteria. All students must have a declared major by the time they reach 60 earned units. This applies equally to students who are:

  • Undeclared
  • Were admitted into a ‘pre-major’ and are requesting to declare the major
  • Requesting to change major
  • Requesting to add a major

Except for “Highly Impacted” majors, native CSULB students can ‘declare a major’ if they meet the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and required lower division preparation. There are limitations on the ability to add a second major or to add/change degree objectives based on the following policies:

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. They are subject to change for future terms.

 

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

Explore:

American Sign Language Linguistics and Deaf Cultures (Option in ASL- English Interpreting)


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)
  • A score of “2” or higher on the ASLPU National Exam
  • Positive Recommendation from department faculty.  Contact the department for more information.

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

ASLD

101

American Sign Language 1

ASLD

102

American Sign Language 2

ANTH or LING

170 or 170

Introduction to Linguistics; or Introduction to Linguistics

ASLD

124

American Deaf Cultures

ASLD

201 American Sign Language 3

ASLD

202

American Sign Language 4

ASLD

211

Beginning Intepreting and Ethics 1

ASLD

212

Beginning Intepreting and Ethics II

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

Explore:

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

Explore:

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 Macroeconomics

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 Macroeconomics

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 
Additional Lower Division Preparation Required for CSULB Students

Additional Lower Division Preparation Required for CSULB Students (Grade of "C" of better)

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 and Mass Communication

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 Pyschology

PSY

220

Research Methods

Complete One of the Following:

   

PSY

110

Introductory Statistics

HDEV

190

Elementary Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences

SOC

170

Elementary Statistics

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, 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

Explore:

Spanish: Interdisplinary 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: