Academic Skills & General Education (FA21)

Students should consult an advisor upon entry to the university and every semester thereafter. For information on G.E. and other University undergraduate degree requirements (GWAR, units, academic status), students need to contact the University Advisement Center (UAC) by visiting WH A220, by phone (310) 243-3538, or by visiting Students with declared majors and minors also need to consult the appropriate department(s).

Academic Skills Requirements for Undergraduate Students

Students Admitted to CSUDH Fall 2018 and After

New students enrolled at the University, fall 2018 and after are subject to the revisions to E.O. 665 contained in E.O. 1110 (2017). Effective with this executive order, the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry- Level Mathematics (ELM) Test shall not be offered, and the EPT and ELM committees are discontinued.

Freshman skills assessment and placement for general education written communication and mathematics/quantitative reasoning shall be based on system wide skills assessment standards that include the Early Assessment Program/ Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels, ACT scores and/or SAT scores, high school coursework, high school GPA and math GPA.

Skills assessments are not a condition for admission to the CSU; they are a condition of enrollment. These skills assessments are designed to inform entering freshmen of placement in appropriate baccalaureate-level courses based on their skills and needs.

First-time freshmen in need of support as determined by the skills assessment will be placed in supported instruction. Supported instruction is designed to assist students in credit bearing courses. Students may also be required to participate in the Early Start Program. The Early Start Program gives students the opportunity to earn college credit in written communication and mathematics/ quantitative reasoning the summer before their first term.

Students are no longer subject to Academic Skills Assessment Plan (ASAP) "probation" or "disqualification.

Students Admitted to CSUDH between Fall 1998 and Spring 2018

New students enrolled at the University between fall 1998 and spring 2018, are subject to System-wide Placement Test and remedial English and mathematics class requirements (E.O. 665).  Non-exempt students must take the English Placement Test (EPT) and the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination before registering for classes.  If test results show that remedial courses in English or mathematics are needed, students must:

  • Enroll in required remedial classes the first semester of attendance and thereafter;
  • Pass all remedial classes in two semesters.

After two semesters, students cannot register or continue to attend classes at CSU, Dominguez Hills if all required remedial classes (ENG 88/ENG 99 and MAT 3/MAT 9) are not passed.

Furthermore, students are subject to Academic Skills Assessment Plan (ASAP) "probation" if they do not pass General Education level English (ENG 110 and ENG 111) and mathematics (MAT 105 or equivalent) in four semesters.

Finally, students are subject to ASAP "disqualification" from the University if they do not pass General Education level English (ENG 110 and ENG 111) and mathematics (MAT 105 or equivalent) classes in six semesters.

Students should contact the University Advisement Center for additional information at (310) 243-3538, email at, or visit our website for self-service appointment.

Students Admitted to CSUDH before Fall 1998

Non-exempt students admitted and enrolled before fall 1998 are subject to Academic Skills Assessment Plan (ASAP) guidelines for completion of the English Placement Test (EPT), the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) examination, required remedial English and math classes, and General Education level English and math classes.

Students are subject to ASAP "probation" if they do not take the EPT and ELM and pass all required remedial English classes (ENG 88 and ENG 99) and mathematics classes (MAT 3 and MAT 9) within two semesters.  Students may be ASAP "disqualified" from the University if they do not meet these requirements and classes in four semesters.

Additionally, students are subject to ASAP "probation" if they do not pass General Education level classes in English (ENG 110 and ENG 111) and mathematics (MAT 105 or equivalent) in four semesters.  Students may be ASAP "disqualified" from the University if they do not pass the General Education level classes in six semesters.

Students should contact the University Advisement Center for additional information at (310) 243-3538, email at, or visit our website for self-service appointment.

Completion of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR):

California State University Executive Order 665 states that all students "must demonstrate competency in writing skills at the upper division level as a requirement for graduation."  It further states that "certification of writing competency shall be made available to students as they enter their junior year [60 units].  Students should complete the requirement before their senior year [90 units]."

Undergraduate students must first complete their lower division English composition courses in Area A, General Education, before attempting to complete this upper division requirement.  Fulfillment of GWAR should be undertaken at the beginning of the junior year (or 60 units), and satisfied by the time 72 units are completed.

The GWAR can be met through one of the following options:

Graduate Writing Examination (GWE)

The Graduate Writing Examinations (GWE), a voluntary test for which a $35 fee is charged, is available to students five times per semester, in September, November, February, April, and June or July. Students must earn a score of 8 or higher to satisfy the GWAR. Students may take the test a second time if necessary.  The test may be taken only two times.  After two attempts at the test, students must then take a certifying course.  Information on test dates and registration procedures are available in each semester's Class Schedule, in the Testing Center, North Library 5705, (310) 243-3909,, or at the Testing website

Provisions are made for students majoring in distance learning programs and other off-campus programs.  Although students majoring in these programs can take the GWE on-campus, most students have the option of taking it via a proctor at a location of their choosing.  There are three off-campus administrations per academic year, in the fall, spring, and summer.  Students exercising this option must register directly with their Program Advisors, who will then provide them with any necessary information and materials.

A provision is made for students who are not native speakers of English.  The GWE registration form asks students to indicate whether or not they are native speakers of English.  Student who declare themselves non-native speakers, may elect to write their essay in two hours instead of one, though this choice must be made at the time of registration.  The essays are scored along with those of native speakers with respect to overall considerations of focus, critical understanding, content, organization, and grammar.

Provisions are made for students who are disabled.  Arrangements are made on an individual basis by the Student disAbility Resource Center, Welch Hall 180, (310) 243-3660, in conjunction with the Testing Center.  Students must contact the Student disAbility Resource Center at least 10 working days prior to the GWE test date and after registering for the GWE.  Students should contact the Testing Center for details:  (310) 243-3909, or

Certifying Courses

  • Advanced Composition Course offered by the English Department.  The English Department regularly offers an advanced composition courses (ENG 350, 3 units, A-C/NC).  A Composition Cooperative exam (a timed writing test similar to the GWE) is administered at the end of the course and counts for 25% of the grade.  Students must earn a grade of C or higher (B or higher for graduate students) to satisfy the GWAR.
  • Upper Division Writing Adjunct offered by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies.  The Writing Adjunct (IDS 397, 2 units, and IDS 398, 2 units, CR/NC), provides individualized instruction in composition that is adjunctive to writing for other courses.  Students must complete both IDS 397 and IDS 398.  A Composition Cooperative exam (a timed writing test similar to the GWE) is administered at the end of the IDS 398 and counts for 50% of the grade.  Students must earn a credit in both IDS 397 and IDS 398 to satisfy the GWAR.

Transfer Certification

Students who have satisfied the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) at another CSU campus in 1984 or later, but prior to matriculation at CSU, Dominguez Hills, may petition for fulfillment of GWAR at CSUDH.  Students must complete a Petition for Fulfillment of GWAR at the Testing Center, attaching a copy of the certifying test score or copy of an official transcript and the catalog description of the pertinent coursework.  CSU, Dominguez Hills Testing Center, North Library 5705, (310) 243-3909.

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 Education program is divided into the following areas and includes 49-54 total semester units:

Area A - Basic Skills (9 units)
**all courses in this area require a grade of "C-" or higher
Area B - Natural Sciences & Quantitative Reasoning (10 units)
**math courses in this area require a grade of “C-” or higher
Area C - Humanities (9 units)
Area D - Social Sciences (9 units)
Area E - Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (3 units)
Area F - Integrative Studies (9 units)

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

B. Basic Skills (9 units)

Area A courses must be passed with a grade of “C-” or better.

1. Composition (3)
ENG 110: Freshman Composition or
[ENG 108: Freshman Composition I: Stretch I and ENG 109: Freshman Composition I: Stretch II]

2. Logic/Critical Reasoning (3)
MAT 271: Higher Mathematics
PHI 120: Critical Reasoning
PSY 110: Critical and Problem Solving

3. Oral Communication (3)
THE 120: Fundamentals of Speech

B. Area of the Natural Sciences & Quantitative Reasoning (13 units)

Math must be passed with a “C-” grade or higher. Select one course from each category:

1. Physical Sciences (3)
CHE 102: Chemistry for the Citizen
EAR 100: Physical Geology
GEO 200: Physical Geography
PHY 100: Patterns in Nature

2. Life Science (3)
ANT 101: Introduction to Biological Anthropology
BIO 102: General Biology

3. Science Laboratory (1)
BIO 103: General Biology Laboratory (concurrent enrollment in BIO 102 or prior life science course recommended)
CHE 103: Chemistry Laboratory for the Citizen
EAR 101: Physical Geology Laboratory (concurrent enrollment in EAR 100 or prior earth science course recommended)

Note: Students who are majoring or minoring in one of the Natural Sciences may substitute more advanced science courses to meet General Education science requirements. These students should see a faculty advisor.

4. Quantitative Reasoning (3 – 5)
A grade of "C-" or higher is required.

MAT 105: Finite Mathematics or
MAT 131: Elementary Statistics and Probability or
MAT 132:  Elementary Statistics and Probability with Algebra Review
MAT 151:  College Algebra with Intermediate Algebra Review
MAT 153: Precalculus
MAT 171: Survey Calculus for Management and Life Sciences
MAT 191: Calculus I
MAT 193: Calculus II

5. Integrative Studies in the Natural Sciences (3)
BIO 336:  Environmental Biology
BIO 340:  Genetics
CSC 301: Computers and Society
EAR 312: Natural Disasters
EAR 416: Earth Sciences for Teachers
IDS 310:  Global Climate Change
LBS 380: Blended Science Methods
SMT 310:  Science and Technology
SMT 314:  Introduction to Cosmology

C. Area of the Humanities (12 units)

Required Course (12 units)
Students must take 12 units from this GE Category: At least one course is needed from each area and one additional lower division Arts or Letters course. A student may not take all three lower division courses in this area from a single academic department.

1. Arts Courses (3 units)
Select one course

AFS 205: Introduction to Hip Hop
APP 225: Pacific Islander Culture in Oceania and the U.S.
ART 100: Looking at Art
ART 101:  Experiencing Creative Art
CHS 125:  Chicana and Latino Musical Cultures
COM 130:  Film Classics
DAN 130:  Dance Perceptions
ENG 271: Introduction to Creative Writing
MUS 101:  Introducing Music
MUS 110:  Music Fundamentals
MUS 201:  From the Silent Era to the Lord of the Rings
MUS 250: History of Rock
THE 100:  Television, Films, and Theatre
THE 160:  Introduction to Acting

2. Letters Courses (3)
Select one course

AFS 200: Introduction to Africana Studies
AFS 231: Africana Literary Traditions
APP 101:  Introduction to Asian Studies
APP 201: Introduction to Asian American Studies
CHS 100:  The Americas: European Cultural and Historical Synthesis
CHS 205:  Introduction to Chicana/o Literature
COM 100: Media and Society
ENG 230:  Literature and Popular Culture
FRE 220:  Second-Year French
HUM 200:  Introduction to the Humanities
HUM 212:  Introduction to African American Culture
JPN 110: Beginning Japanese I
JPN 111: Beginning Japanese II
PHI 101:  Values and Society
PHI 102:  Humanity, Nature and God
PHI 201: The Good Life
PHI 202: The Devil You Don’t Know
SPA 151:  Introduction to Hispanic Culture
SPA 221:  Intermediate Spanish
WMS 100: Gender, Sex, the Body, and Politics: An Introduction

3. Integrative Studies in the Humanities (3)

AFS 331: Key Movements: African Literature and Culture
AFS 332:  Key Movements:  Harlem Renaissance
AFS 333: Black Movements of the Sixties
AFS 334:  African Culture and Art
APP 314: Asian Americans and the Media
APP 315:  Asian Pop Culture and Globalization
APP 325: Asian Pacific Art, Music and Literature
APP 339: Asian Diaspora and Transnational Asian Religions
APP 343: Asian-Pacific Film and Literature
ARH 370: Art and Social Protest
CHS 340:  Native American and Chicana Women’s Prose
CHS 345:  Latina/o Identify in the Americas
ENG 308: Critical Approaches to Children's Literature (3)
HIS 355: American Civil Rights History (3)
HIS 375: Popular Cultures in History (3)
HIS 376: Film as History (3)
HUM 310:  Key Concepts
HUM 312:  Key Movements
HUM 314:  Key Issues
IDS 312:  Interdisciplinary Approach to the Humanities
LBR 310: Success and Values
LBR 312: Decade of the Sixties
LBR 314: Key Issues: American Dream
MUS 312: The Jazz Age
MUS 345:  Global Popular Music:  Identify and Social Change
MUS 486: Late Romantic- 20th/21st Century Music
PHI 351: Death and Dying
PHI 352: Myth as Reality
PHI 353: Age of Revolt
PHI 383: Comparative Religions
SPA 310: Romantic Love in the Western Tradition
SPA 312: Hispanic Literature, Art and Culture
SPA 313: Encountering the Other
THE 313: Voices of Contemporary Women Playwrights
THE 315:  The American Musical
THE 317:  Theatre of Revolt
THE 319:  The Power of Masks
WMS 310: The Witch in Literature
WMS 311: Comedy, Sex and Gender
WMS 314: Feminism and Film
WMS 315: Literature and the Rights of Women 

D. Area of the Social Sciences (9 units)

Students must take 9 units from the GE category.  Select one course from each category below.  A student may not take all 3 courses in this area from a single academic department.

1. Perspectives on Individuals, Groups and Society (3)

AFS 212: Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies
AFS 220: African World Peoples and Cultures
ANT 100:  Introduction to Cultures
APP 212:  Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies
CHS 212:  Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies
ECO 210:  Economic Theory 1A - Microeconomics
ECO 211:  Economic Theory 1B – Microeconomics
IDS 210: Introduction to Environmental Studies 
LBS 205:  Child and Adolescent Development
LAW 240:  Legal Environment of Business
PSY 101:  General Studies Psychology:  Understanding Human Behavior
SOC 101:  The Individual in Society
SOC 102:  Understanding Social Relationships
WMS 250:  Introduction to Women’s Studies

2. Global and Historical Perspectives (3)

AFS 201: African World Civilization
ANT 102: Ancient Civilizations
CHS 200:  Key Themes in Chicano/a and Latino/a History
ENG 150:  Languages of the World
GEO 100:  Human Geography
HIS 120:  World Civilizations I
HIS 121:  World Civilizations II
LBR 200:  Labor and the Environment
MGT 200:  Global Organizational Ethics & Social Responsibility
POL 100:  General Studies Political Science:  World Perspectives

3. Integrative Studies in the Social Sciences (3)

AFS 310: The African American Experience in the U.S.
AFS 311: Afro Latinidad & The Caribbean
AFS 312:  Cultural Pluralism:  Ethnic & Global Society
ANT 312: Language and Culture
ANT 334:  Cultural Pluralism: Mesoamerica Past and Present
ANT 336: Comparative Cultures: Culture, Environments and Globalization
ANT 337: Ethnography and Film
ANT 338: Mainland Southeast Asia
ANT 342: South America
ANT 371:  Historical and Cultural Perspectives in Disability Studies
APP 311:  Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities
APP 318:  Vietnamese Cambodian, and Lao Americans:  Culture, History and Identity
APP 327:  Values and Communication of Asian Pacific Cultures
APP 350:  Asian Pacific Gender & Family
APP 335:  Asian Pacific Culinary Culture
CHS 323:  U.S. Immigration and Citizenship:  A Latina/o Perspective
CHS 330:  Mexican and Latino Identities in the United States
CHS 335:  Urban Youth Gangs in Los Angeles
GEO 318:  Cultural Pluralism:  The Human Environment: Methods of Knowledge and Truth
HEA 468:  Multicultural Health
HIS 340:  The American West
HIS 348:  Labor in American Society
HIS 352: Topics in United States Foreign Relations History
HIS 354:  History of American Immigration
HIS 380:  Women in History
IDS 304: Global Politics, Economics, Environment and Society
IDS 318:  Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Pluralism:  Immigration in the United States
LBS 370: Multicultural Studies
SBS 318:  Cultural Pluralism
WMS 318: Race, Class and Gender

 E. Objectives for Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (3 units)

  1. Select one course:
    BUS 100:  Entrepreneurship for Everyone
    CIS 275:  Internet Literacy
    FIN 200:  Personal Finance for Non-Finance Majors
    HEA 100:  Health and Lifestyles
    HEA 201:  Health Care Systems and Perspectives
    KIN 235:  Lifetime Fitness
    LIB 151: Fundamentals of Information Literacy
    REC 100:  Dimensions of Leisure
    UNV 101:  Personal, Social, Intellectual Development

F. Ethnic Studies (3 units)

Students must complete 1 course in this area.
While a lower-division course requirement, Area F may be fulfilled by approved upper division courses. Ethnic studies courses required in majors, minors, or that satisfy campus-wide requirements and are approved for GE Area F credit shall also fulfill this requirement.

  1. Ethnic Studies (3)

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

  • HISTORY 101 or articulated course at a California Community
    College or examination


  • POLITICAL SCIENCE 101 or articulated course at a California Community College or examination.

General Education Certification

Accredited community colleges and public four-year colleges may sanction (certify) that all or part of General Education requirements (post 1980), have been met. Transfer students with complete certification of California State University General Education breadth requirements or the CSU version of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements are not required to complete additional lower division courses in general education. Transfer students should request General Education certification from their community colleges. An additional nine semester units of upper division General Education courses must be completed at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Double Counting General Education Courses

Lower division General Education courses may be double-counted in either the major or the minor.  Even though students may double-count certain General Education courses, they will not receive additional unit credit towards graduation by double-counting.  For example, a double-counted course counts three units (not six) towards graduation.  Please consult the University Catalog and/or an academic advisor for more information.