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Major Specific Admission Requirements for Transfer:
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 for eligibility and application 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. These criteria will be used for Spring 2014, Fall 2014, and Spring 2015 admission consideration. 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.

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

Transfer AA/AS degree recipients: The Transfer AA/AS degree curriculum is used in lieu of the specific course requirements listed, as well as any additional recommended preparation. Under current CSU guidelines, the cumulative GPA will be increased by 0.1 and this ‘calculated GPA’ will be applied to the major specific minimum GPA and to any GPA used in the ranking of applicants. See Transfer AA/AS degree for additional requirements.

Major Specific Criteria

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ASIAN AMERICAN STUDIES, ASIAN STUDIES, CHINESE STUDIES, JAPANESE, AFRICANA STUDIES, AMERICAN STUDIES, ANTHROPOLOGY, CHICANO AND LATINO STUDIES, CLASSICS, COMPARATIVE WORLD LITERATURE, ENGLISH, FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES, GEOGRAPHY, GERMAN, HISTORY, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, ITALIAN STUDIES, MODERN JEWISH STUDIES, JOURNALISM, LINGUISTICS, PHILOSOPHY, RELIGIOUS STUDIES, SPANISH, WOMEN’S GENDER AND 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:
    • General Education Category C – Arts and Humanities (minimum 3 courses totaling 9 units which satisfy the entire area)
    • General Education Category D – Social Science and 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 the Asian and Asian-American Studies, Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Chicano and Latino Studies, Comparative Literature and Classics, English, Geography, History, International Studies, Jewish Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication, Linguistics, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures, and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Departments for more information on these majors.

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 major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of  2.5:
    • COMM 110 – Interpersonal Communication
    • COMM 130 – Essentials of Public Speaking; or COMM 171 – Voice and Applied Speaking, if completed prior to Fall 2012
    • COMM 131 – Essentials of Argumentation
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Mathematics

Explore the Communication Studies Department for more information on this major.

ECONOMICS AND 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):

  • The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.3:
    • ECON 100 – Principles of Macroeconomics
    • ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics
    • MATH 115 – Calculus for Business; or MATH 122 – Calculus I
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Explore the Economics Department for more information on this major.

ECONOMICS, OPTION IN MATHEMATICAL ECONOMICS AND 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):

  • The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.3:
    • 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 the Economics Department for more information on this major.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND 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:
    • BIOL 200 – General Biology; or BIOL 211 – Introduction to Evolution and Diversity
    • CHEM 111A – General Chemistry; or CHEM 140 – General, Organic, and Biochemistry
    • MATH 115 – Calculus for Business; or MATH 119A – Survey of Calculus I; or MATH 122 – Calculus I
    • GEOL 102 – General Geology
    • GEOL 104 – Geology Laboratory
    • ECON 100 – Principles of Macroeconomics
    • ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Explore the Environmental Science and Policy Department for more information on this major.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND 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:
    • CHEM 111A – General Chemistry
    • MATH 122 – Calculus I
    • GEOL 102 – General Geology
    • GEOL 104 – Geology Laboratory
    • ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking

Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of C or better required):

  • BIOL 211 – Introduction to Evolution and Diversity

Explore the Environmental Science and Policy Department for more information on this major.

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 following three major preparation courses:
    • PSY 100 – General Psychology
    • SOC 100 – Principles of Sociology
    • ANTH 120 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Human Development Department for more information on this major.

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):

  • The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:
    • 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 the Political Science Department for more information on this major.

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:
    • PSY 100 – General Psychology
    • PSY 210 – Introductory Statistics
    • PSY 220 – Research Methods
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Psychology Department for more information on this major.

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:
    • 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

Additional recommended preparation for transfer students (grade of C or better required):

  • SOC 250 – Elementary Statistics

Explore the Sociology Department for more information on this major.