Academic Catalog 2021-2022

General Education Requirements for Undergraduate Students

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General Education Program

Students must follow the appropriate General Education (G.E.) pattern.

Students who have maintained continuous attendance at any combination of CSU, UC, or California community college under an earlier catalog may elect to complete the G.E. pattern in effect at the time of:

  1. entrance into CSUDH;
  2. graduation or;
  3. entrance into a California community college or state university.

Contact an advisor in the University Advisement Center for further information.

The General Education1 program is divided into the following areas and includes 55-65 total semester units:

Area A - English Language Communication and Critical Thinking  (9 units)
all courses in this area require a grade of "C-" or higher

Area B - Natural Sciences & Quantitative Reasoning (13 units)
math courses in this area require a grade of “C-” or higher

Area C - Arts and Humanities (12 units)

Area D - Social Sciences (9 units)

Area E - Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (3 units)

Area F - Ethnic Studies (3 units)


Students must take nine units of G.E. courses in residence at CSUDH.

A. English Language Communication and Critical Thinking (9 units)

Courses must be passed with a grade of "C-" or higher. 

Oral Communication
THE 120Fundamentals of Speech3
Written Communication
Select one of the following:3
Freshman Composition Accelerated
Freshman Composition I: Stretch 1
Freshman Composition Supported
Logical/Critical Reasoning
Select one of the following:3
Foundations Of Higher Math
Critical Reasoning
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Total Hours9

B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (13 units)

Physical Sciences 1
Select one of the following:3
Chemistry For The Citizen
Physical Geology
Physical Geography
Patterns In Nature
Life Science 1
Select one of the following:3
Intro to Biological Anthro
General Biology
Science Laboratory 1
Select one of the following:1
General Biology Laboratory 2
Physical Geology Laboratory 3
Chemistry Lab for the Citizen
Quantitative Reasoning and Problem Solving
Select one of the following: 43
Finite Mathematics
Elementary Statistics and Probability
Statistics and Probability with Support
College Algebra and Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry
Survey of Calculus for Management and Life Sciences
Calculus I
Calculus II
Integrative Studies in the Natural Sciences
Select one of the following:3
Environmental Biology
Computers And Society
Natural Disasters
Earth Sciences for Teachers
Global Climate Change
Blended Science Methods
Science and Technology
Introduction to Cosmology
Development of Scientific Thinking and Theories
Earth Science For Teacher
Total Hours13

Students majoring or minoring in one of the natural sciences may substitute more advanced science courses. These students should see a faculty advisor.


Concurrent enrollment in BIO 102 General Biology or prior life science course recommended.


Concurrent enrollment in EAR 100 Physical Geology or prior earth science course recommended.


Course must be passed with a "C-" grade or higher.

C. Arts and Humanities (12 Units)

Select one course in each category below and one additional lower division course from Arts Courses or Letters Courses categories:12
Arts Courses
Introduction to Hip Hop
Pacific Islander Culture in Oceania and the U.S.
Looking At Art
Experiencing Creative Art
Introduction to Film
Global Dance Perspectives
Introduction to Creative Writing
Introducing Music
Music Fundamentals
Music in Film: From the Silent Era to The Lord of the Rings
History of Rock
Television Film & Theatre
Acting For Non-Majors
Letters Courses
Intro to Africana Studies
Introduction To Asian Studies
Chicana/o Cultural Roots
Introduction to Chicana/o Literature
Media & Society
Literature and Popular Culture
Second Year French
Introduction to the Humanities
Beginning Japanese I
Beginning Japanese II
Moral Problems
Humanity, Nature & God
The Good Life
The Devil You Don't Know
Introduction to Hispanic Culture
Intermediate Spanish II
Gender, Sex, the Body, & Politics: An Introduction
Integrative Studies in the Humanities
Key Movements: African Literature and Culture
Key Movements: Harlem Renaissance
Black Movements of the Sixties
African Culture and Art
Asian Americans and the Media
Asian Pop Culture and Globalization
Asian Pacific Art, Music and Literature
Asian Diaspora and Transnational Asian Religions
Asian Pacific Film & Literature
Art and Social Protest
Native American and Chicana Women's Narrative
Latina/o Identities in the Americas
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature
Heroes and Antiheroes
Environment in Literature & Culture
Literary Utopia
American Civil Rights History
Pop Culture in History
Film As History
Health Humanities
Mind/Brain and the Arts
Lives of Faust: Deals with the Devil
All Creatures Great & Small: Animals from Sacred to Endangered
Key Concepts
Key Movements
Key Issues
Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Humanities
Success and Values
Decade of the Sixties
Key Issues: American Dream
African American Music
The Jazz Age
Global Popular Music: Identity and Social Change
Late Romantic-20th/21st Music
Death and Dying
Myth as Reality
Age of Revolt
Comparative Religions
Romantic Love in the Western Tradition
Hispanic Literature, Art and Culture
Encountering the Other
Voices of Contemporary Women Playwrights
Key Concepts: The American Musical
Theatre of Revolt
The Power of Masks
The Witch in Literature
Comedy, Sex and Gender
Feminism and Film
Literature and the Rights of Women
Total Hours12

D. Area of the Social Sciences (9 Units)

Select one course in each category below. Courses must be taken from more than one department.

Perspectives on Individuals, Groups and Society
Select one of the following:3
African World Peoples & Soc.
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Contemporary Econ Issues
Economic Theory 1A Micro
Economic Theory 1B Macro
Global Climate Change
Legal Environment of Business
Child and Adolescent Development
General Education Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior
The Individual In Society
Understanding Social Relationships in a Global Perspective
Foundations in Women's Studies
Global and Historical Perspectives
Select one of the following:3
African World Civilizations
Ancient Civilizations
Introduction to Chicana/o and Latina/o History
Languages of the World
Human Geography
World History I
World History II
Labor and the Environment
Global Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibility
General Education Political Science: World Perspectives
Integrative Studies in the Social Sciences
Select one of the following upper division courses:3
The African American Experience in the US
Afro Latinidad & the Caribbean
Cultural Pluralism: Ethnic & Global Society
North American Indians
Mesoamerica Past and Present
Comparative Cultures: Culture, Environment and Globalization
Ethnography and Film
Mainland Southeast Asia
South America
Historical and Cultural Perspectives in Disability Studies
Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities
Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Lao Americans: Culture, History, and Identity
Values and Communication of Asian Pacific Cultures
Asian Pacific Culinary Culture
Asian-Pacific Gender and Family
Latina/o Perspectives on U.S. Immigration and Citizenship
Latina/o Identities in U.S.
Urban Youth Gangs in Los Angeles
Cultural Pluralism The Human Environment: Methods of Knowledge and Truth
Multicultural Health
American West
Labor In American Society
Topics in United States Foreign Relations History
History of American Immigration
Women In History
Issues in Global Studies
Interdisciplinary Approach to Cultural Pluralism
Multicultural Studies
New Perspectives on Language and Sex
Cultural Pluralism:
Movements of Latin America
Race, Class and Gender
Total Hours9

E. Objectives for Lifelong Learning and Self-development (3 Units)

Select one of the following:3
Entrepreneurship For Everyone
Internet Literacy
Personal Finance for Non-Finance Majors
Health & Lifestyles
Healthcare Systems and Perspectives
Lifetime Fitness
Fundamentals of Information Literacy
Dimensions Of Leisure
Personal, Social and Intellectual Development
Total Hours3

F. Ethnic Studies (3 Units)

Area F may be fulfilled by approved upper division.

Select one of the following:3
The African American Experience
Intro To Comp Eth & Global Soc
Africana Literary Traditions
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies
Chicano/Latino Musical Culture
Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies
Total Hours3

Note: Statutory Requirement

Students must satisfy requirements in U.S. history and U.S. and California government by completing the following:

HIS 101History Of United States (or articulated course at a California Community College or examination)3
POL 100General Education Political Science: World Perspectives (or articulated course at a California Community College or examination)3
Total Hours6