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Major Specific Declaration Requirements for CSULB Students:
College of Liberal Arts

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. These criteria will be used for Fall 2013 through Spring 2015 consideration. They are subject to change for future terms.

Major Specific Criteria for CSULB Students

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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 lower division preparation required of CSULB 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
    • POSC 215 – Issues of Comparative Politics; or POSC 220 – Issues in Global Politics; or POSC 225 – Issues in Political Theory; or another 200–level POSC 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

Explore the Sociology Department for more information on this major.