Fall 2023 Major-Specific Degree Requirements (College of Education)

While first-year students may be admitted directly into some majors, many majors require that students begin as “pre-majors” and then meet precise major-specific degree criteria to official declare the major. These criteria include meeting all major-specific degree requirements in the new major and demonstrating a progressively successful academic history that reflects potential success in the major. Upon declaration of major, students must adopt the requirements of the major and any minors in effect at that time in the CSULB Catalog.

All undergraduate students must have a declared major by the time they earn 60 units. This applies equally to students who are:

Browse the following list to find the current major-specific degree requirements for your intended major. Some majors are highly impacted and will be indicated as such. Major-specific degree requirements are subject to change in future terms.


Liberal Studies  

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

  • Minimum GPA: 2.6
  • Minimum lower division preparation (Grade C or better required)
Major Preparation Courses
Major Preparation Courses Course Number Course Title
HIST 172 Early United States History
POSC 100 Introduction to
American Government
Complete one of the following courses:    
ENGL 180 Appreciation of Literature
ENGL 250A, 250B Survey of English Literature
ENGL 270A, 270B Survey of American Literature
ENGL 375 U.S. Ethnic Writers
CWL 100 Introduction to World Literature

Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:

  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics (MTED recommended)

Explore the Liberal Studies Department for this major.