Academic Catalog 2022-2023

General Education Requirements for Undergraduate Students

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
Select one course from each of the following categories: 1
A1. Oral Communication:
THE 120Fundamentals of Speech3
Written Communication:3
Freshman Composition Accelerated
Freshman Composition I: Stretch 1
and Freshman Composition I: Stretch 2
Freshman Composition Supported
A2. Logical/Critical Reasoning:3
Foundations Of Higher Math
Critical Reasoning
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
Select one course from each of the categories: 2
B1 . Physical Sciences:3
Chemistry For The Citizen
Physical Geology
Physical Geography
Patterns In Nature
B2. Life Science:3
Intro to Biological Anthro
General Biology
Science Laboratory:1
General Biology Laboratory 3
Physical Geology Laboratory 4
Chemistry Lab for the Citizen
B3. Quantitative Reasoning and Problem Solving: 13
Finite Mathematics
Elementary Statistics and Probability
Statistics and Probability with Support
College Algebra and Trigonometry
Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry with Lab
Survey of Calculus for Management and Life Sciences
Calculus I
Calculus II
B4. Integrative Studies in the Natural Sciences:3
Environmental Biology
Computers And Society
Natural Disasters
Earth Sciences for Teachers
Global Climate Change
Blended Science Methods
Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry with Lab
Science and Technology
Introduction to Cosmology
Development of Scientific Thinking and Theories
Earth Science For Teacher
C. Arts and Humanities
Select one course from each of the following categories and one additional lower division course from one of the first two categories:12
C1. 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
Queer Art and Visual Culture
C2. 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
Class Struggles in Film and Popular Culture
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
Queer of Color Critique
C3. 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
Never Lose Infinite Hope: Imagining Justice, Cultivating Mental Wellness
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
Fundamentals of Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
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
Literary Topics in Gender Studies and Sexuality Studies
Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture
D. Area of the Social Sciences
Select one course from each of the following categories. Courses must be taken from more than one department.
D1. Perspectives on Individuals, Groups and Society:3
African World Peoples & Soc.
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Contemporary Econ Issues
Economic Theory 1A Micro
Economic Theory 1B Macro
Introduction to Environmental Studies
Legal Environment of Business
Child and Adolescent Development
Psychology of Peacebuilding
General Education Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior
The Individual In Society
Understanding Social Relationships in a Global Perspective
Foundations in Queer Studies
Foundations in Women's Studies
D2. Global and Historical Perspectives: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
D3. Integrative Studies in the Social Sciences:3
The African American Experience in the US
Afro Latinidad & the Caribbean
Cultural Pluralism: Ethnic & Global Society
Language And Culture
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
Security in a Digital Society
The Future of Workers and Work
Working Class and Education
Research Methods for Social Change
Multicultural Studies
New Perspectives on Language and Sex
Restorative Justice
Cultural Pluralism:
Movements of Latin America
Race, Class and Gender
Politics of Women's (Un)Paid Labor
E. Lifelong Learning and Self-Development
Select one of the following:3
Entrepreneurship For Everyone
Internet Literacy
Personal Finance for Non-Finance Majors
Health & Lifestyles
Food, Health and Environment
Healthcare Systems and Perspectives
Lifetime Fitness
Fundamentals of Information Literacy
Work/Life: Purpose, Power, and Identity
Dimensions Of Leisure
Personal, Social and Intellectual Development
F. Ethnic Studies
Select one of the following. May be fulfilled by approved upper division.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

Statutory Requirement (6 units)

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