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Major Specific Declaration Requirements for CSULB Students:

College of The 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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ART (B.A. in Art with Option in Studio Art and all Department of Art BFA options)

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 3.0:
    • AH 111A Foundation Art History I
    • AH 111B Foundation Art History II
    • ART 130 Foundation Two-Dimensional
    • ART 131 Foundation Three Dimensional
    • ART 181 Foundation Drawing; or ART 184 Foundation Life Drawing
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Art Department for more information on this major.

ART (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  3.0:
    • AH 111A Foundation Art History I
    • AH 111B Foundation Art History II
    • ART 130 Foundation Two-Dimensional
    • ART 131 Foundation Three Dimensional
    • ART 181 Foundation Drawing; or ART 184 Foundation Life Drawing
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Art Department for more information on this major.

DANCE (B.A. and BFA) - 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:
    • None
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Dance Department for more information on this major.

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):

  • The following suite of major preparation courses must be completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5:
    • Complete two of the following three courses:
      • AH 111A Foundation Art History I
      • AH 111B Foundation Art History II
      • DESN 110 Foundation Design History
    • 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 of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • DESN 132A Perspective and Rendering Systems
  • DESN 132B Perspective and Rendering Systems

Explore the Design Department for more information on this major.

FILM AND ELECTRONIC ARTS

To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following. Applicants to the Option in Narrative Production 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):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • ART 110 – Introduction to the Visual Arts; or AH 111B – Foundation Art History II
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Additional lower division preparation required of CSULB students (grade of C or better required):

  • FEA 205 Film History; or FEA 206 History of Broadcasting
  • FEA 299 Media Aesthetics

Explore the Film and Electronic Arts Department for more information on this major.

MUSIC (B.A. and BM) - 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:
    • None
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Music Department for more information on this major.

THEATRE (B.A. in Theatre, Theatre Performance or Technical Theatre)

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:
    • THEA 114A – Fundamentals of Acting
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics

Explore the Theatre Department for more information on this major.