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Fall 2019 - Major Specific Requirements for CSULB Students - COTA

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.

 

Art (Option: Art B.A. with Option in Studio Art / Art B.F.A. with options in: Ceramics, Drawing & Painting, Illustration/Animation, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and 3-D Media (Fiber, Metal &Wood))

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to BFA Options must also receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant. Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

  • 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

ART HISTORY

111A

Foundation Art History I

ART HISTORY

111B

Foundation Art History II

ART

130

Foundation Two - Dimensional

ART

131

Foundation Three - Dimensional

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Art (Option in Graphic Design)

B.F.A. Option in Graphic Design

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to BFA Options must also receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant. Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

  • 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

ART HISTORY

111A

Foundation Art History I

ART HISTORY

111B

Foundation Art History II

ART

130

Foundation Two - Dimensional

ART

131

Foundation Three - Dimensional

ART

181

Foundation Drawing

ART

223

Introduction to Typography

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Art (Option in Art History/Art Education)

B.A. in Art with Option Art History or Art Education

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

ART HISTORY

111A

Foundation Art History I

ART HISTORY

111B

Foundation Art History II

ART

130

Foundation Two - Dimensional

ART

131

Foundation Three - Dimensional

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Dance (B.A. & B.F.A.)

Dance is a highly impacted major.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following an audition and demonstrate the following.  Contact department for details of the audition process.

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

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

NONE

N/A

N/A


Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communcation
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Design

B.A., Interior Design BFA or Industrial Design B.S.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following.  Applicants to the BFA or BS programs must also receive a positive recommendation from a panel of faculty jurors following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant.  Applicants do NOT submit portfolios until all lower division Design coursework (100 and 200 level) has been completed.

  • 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

DESN

120A

Fundamentals of Design 

DESN

120B

Fundamentals of Design 

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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

Course Number

Course Title

DESN

132A

Perspective and Rendering for Interiors

DESN

132B

Visualization Interior Architecture

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Film & Electronic Arts (Option in Narrative Production)

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to the Option in Narrative Production must also submit a portfolio that is approved by a department faculty review committee.  Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75

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

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Complete one of the
following two courses: 

 

 

ART

110

Introduction to the Visual Arts

AH

111B

Foundation Art History II

Complete a minimum of two
of the following five courses:

 

 

FEA

205

Film History

FEA

206

History of Broadcasting

FEA

207

Introduction to Screenwriting

FEA 208 Introduction to Film Production

FEA

299

Media Aesthetics

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Film & Electronic Arts (Option in Theory/Practice of Cinema)

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

  • Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
  • Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Complete one of the
following two courses: 

 

 

ART

110

Introduction to the Visual Arts

AH

111B

Foundation Art History II

Complete a minimum of two
of the following five courses:

 

 

FEA

205

Film History

FEA

206

History of Broadcasting

FEA

207

Introduction to Screenwriting

FEA 208 Introduction to Film Production

FEA

299

Media Aesthetics

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Music (B.A. & B.M.)

Music is a highly impacted major.

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must receive a positive recommendation from the faculty following an audition and demonstrate the following.  Contact department for details of the audition process.

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

 

Major Preparation Courses

Course Number

Course Title

NONE

N/A

N/A


Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communcation
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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Theatre Arts

B.A. in Theatre Arts or Technical Theatre

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

THEA

114A

Fundamentals of Acting

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics

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