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California State University, Long Beach

General Education

At CSULB General Education is an important part of the undergraduate educational experience. It is, as the Association of American Colleges & Universities notes, a critical component of a “high quality education that develops intellectual and ethical capacities; expands cultural, societal, and scientific horizons; cultivates democratic and global knowledge and engagement, and prepares graduates for successful participation in a dynamic and rapidly evolving economy.” 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. The links below provide further information on the importance of General Education, as well as information on requirements and approved courses.

Students who began continuous enrollment in Fall 2012 or later at a California Community College or other California State University must follow the 2012 General Education pattern (CSULB Policy Statement 12-00) Students who began continuous enrollment between 2008 and Spring 2011 can follow the 2008 General Education pattern or may elect the 2012 pattern. Students who began continuous enrollment between 1999 and Spring 2008 at a California Community College or other California State University can follow the 1999 General Education pattern or may elect the 2012 pattern. Students enrolled before 1999 or with questions related to the appropriate General Education pattern should contact the University Center for Undergraduate Advising located in the Horn Center, room 103 (562-985-4837).