Academic Skills & General Education (FA22)

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), as well as 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 1998 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 systemwide 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.

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 Developmental Reading/ENG 99 Basic Writing Workshop and MAT 3 Beginning Algebra/MAT 9 Intermediate Algebra) 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 Freshman Composition Accelerated and ENG 111 Freshman Composition II) and mathematics (MAT 105 Finite Mathematics 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 Freshman Composition Accelerated) and mathematics (MAT 105 Finite Mathematics or equivalent) classes in six semesters.

Students should contact the University Advisement Center for additional information at (310) 243-3538, email at, or in person at WH A-220.

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 Developmental Reading and ENG 99 Basic Writing Workshop) and mathematics classes (MAT 3 Beginning Algebra and MAT 9 Intermediate Algebra) 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 Freshman Composition Accelerated) and mathematics (MAT 105 Finite Mathematics 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 in person at WH A-220.

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)

Students Admitted Before Fall 2021

Students with a requirement term prior to Fall 2021 still have the right to take the GWE (the exam that used to fulfill the requirement); all students with a requirement term of Fall 21 and later, must take a GWAR certifying course.  

Students with a requirement term prior to Fall 2021 still have the right to take the GWE (the exam that used to fulfill the requirement); all students with a requirement term of Fall 21 and later, must take a GWAR certifying course.  

Students Admitted to CSUDH after Fall 2021

The GWAR suspension will be lifted in Summer 2022 and so anyone graduating then or after will be held to the requirement.

For more information, please go to

Certifying Courses

  • Advanced GWAR-certifying course in the major. Many departments and programs offer GWAR-certifying courses for their majors. Students should contact their major department to determine if such a course is offered. Students must earn a grade of C or higher to satisfy the GWAR.
  • Advanced Composition Course offered by the English Department.  The English Department regularly offers an advanced composition courses ENG 350Advanced Composition, 3 units, A-C/NC).  Students must earn a grade of C or higher (B or higher for graduate students) 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 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 - Scientific Inquiry & 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 catagories: 1

Oral Communication:

THE 120

Fundamentals of Speech


Written Communication:


ENG 110

Freshman Composition Accelerated

ENG 108
ENG 109

Freshman Composition I: Stretch 1
and Freshman Composition I: Stretch 2

ENG 112

Freshman Composition Supported

Logical/Critical Reasoning:


MAT 271

Foundations of Higher Math

PHI 120

Critical Reasoning

PSY 110

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning

Select one course from each of the categories: 2

Physical Sciences:


CHE 102

Chemistry for The Citizen

EAR 100

Physical Geology

GEO 200

Physical Geography

PHY 100

Patterns in Nature

Life Science:


ANT 101

Intro to Biological Anthro

BIO 102

General Biology

Science Laboratory:


BIO 103

General Biology Laboratory 3

EAR 101

Physical Geology Laboratory 4

CHE 103

Chemistry Lab for the Citizen

Quantitative Reasoning and Problem Solving: 1


MAT 105

Finite Mathematics

MAT 131

Elementary Statistics and Probability

MAT 132

Statistics and Probability with Support

MAT 151

College Algebra and Trigonometry

MAT 153

Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry

MAT 171

Survey of Calculus for Management and Life Sciences

MAT 191

Calculus I

MAT 193

Calculus II

Integrative Studies in the Natural Sciences:


BIO 336

Environmental Biology

BIO 340


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

SMT 410

Development of Scientific Thinking and Theories

SMT 416

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:


Arts Courses:

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

COM 130

Introduction to Film

DAN 130

Global Dance Perspectives

ENG 271

Introduction to Creative Writing

MUS 101

Introducing Music

MUS 110

Music Fundamentals

MUS 201

Music in Film: From the Silent Era to The Lord of the Rings

MUS 250

History of Rock

THE 100

Television Film & Theatre

THE 160

Acting for Non-Majors

Letters Courses:

AFS 200

Intro to Africana Studies

APP 101

Introduction to Asian Studies

CHS 100

Chicana/o Cultural Roots

CHS 205

Introduction to Chicana/o Literature

COM 100

Media & Society

ENG 230

Literature and Popular Culture

FRE 220

Second Year French

HUM 204

Introduction to the Humanities

JPN 110

Beginning Japanese I

JPN 111

Beginning Japanese II

PHI 101

Moral Problems

PHI 102

Humanity, Nature & God

PHI 201

The Good Life

PHI 202

The Devil You Don't Know

SPA 151

Introduction to Hispanic Culture

SPA 221

Intermediate Spanish II

WMS 100

Gender, Sex, the Body, & Politics: An Introduction

Integrative Studies in the Humanities:

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 & Literature

ARH 370

Art and Social Protest

APP 343

Asian Pacific Film & Literature

ARH 370

Art and Social Protest

CHS 340

Native American and Chicana Women's Narrative

CHS 345

Latina/o Identities in the Americas

ENG 308

Critical Approaches to Children's Literature

ENG 360

Heroes and Antiheroes

ENG 362

Environment in Literature & Culture

ENG 364

Literary Utopia

HIS 355

American Civil Rights History

HIS 375

Pop Culture in History

HIS 376

Film as History

HUM 300

Health Humanities

HUM 301

Mind/Brain and the Arts

HUM 302

Lives of Faust: Deals with the Devil

HUM 303

All Creatures Great & Small: Animals from Sacred to Endangered

HUM 304


HUM 310

Key Concepts

HUM 312

Key Movements

HUM 314

Key Issues

IDS 312

Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Humanities

LBR 310

Success and Values

LBR 312

Decade of the Sixties

LBR 314

Key Issues: American Dream

MUS 302

African American Music

MUS 312

The Jazz Age

MUS 345

Global Popular Music: Identity and Social Change

MUS 486

Late Romantic-20th/21st 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

Key Concepts: 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

Select one course from each of the following categories. Courses must be taken from more than one department.

Perspectives on Individuals, Groups and Society:


AFS 220

African World Peoples & Soc.

ANT 100

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

ECO 200

Contemporary Econ Issues

ECO 210

Economic Theory 1A Micro

ECO 211

Economic Theory 1B Macro

IDS 210

Introduction to Environmental Studies

LAW 240

Legal Environment of Business

LBS 205

Child and Adolescent Development

PSY 101

General Education Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior

SOC 101

The Individual in Society

SOC 102

Understanding Social Relationships in a Global Perspective

WMS 200

Foundations in Queer Studies

WMS 250

Foundations in Women's Studies

Global and Historical Perspectives:


AFS 201

African World Civilizations

ANT 102

Ancient Civilizations

CHS 200

Introduction to Chicana/o and Latina/o History

ENG 150

Languages of the World

GEO 100

Human Geography

HIS 120

World History I

HIS 121

World History II

LBR 200

Labor and the Environment

MGT 200

Global Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibility

POL 100

General Education Political Science: World Perspectives

Integrative Studies in the Social Sciences:


AFS 310

The African American Experience in the US

AFS 311

Afro Latinidad & the Caribbean

AFS 312

Cultural Pluralism: Ethnic & Global Society

ANT 330

North American Indians

ANT 312

Language and Culture

ANT 334

Mesoamerica Past and Present

ANT 336

Comparative Cultures: Culture, Environment 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 335

Asian Pacific Culinary Culture

APP 350

Asian-Pacific Gender and Family

CHS 323

Latina/o Perspectives on U.S. Immigration and Citizenship

CHS 330

Latina/o Identities in U.S.

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

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

Issues in Global Studies

IDS 318

Interdisciplinary Approach to Cultural Pluralism

LBS 370

Multicultural Studies

MLG 318

New Perspectives on Language and Sex

SBS 318

Cultural Pluralism:

SPA 318

Movements of Latin America

WMS 318

Race, Class and Gender

E. Lifelong Learning and Self-Development

Select one of the following:


BUS 100

Entrepreneurship for Everyone

CIS 275

Internet Literacy

FIN 200

Personal Finance for Non-Finance Majors

HEA 100

Health & Lifestyles

HEA 201

Healthcare Systems and Perspectives

KIN 235

Lifetime Fitness

LIB 151

Fundamentals of Information Literacy

REC 100

Dimensions of Leisure

UNV 101

Personal, Social and Intellectual Development

F. Ethnic Studies

Select one of the following. May be fulfilled by approved upper division.


AFS 100

The African American Experience

AFS 212

Intro to Comp Eth & Global Soc

AFS 231

Africana Literary Traditions

APP 201

Introduction to Asian American Studies

APP 212

Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies

CHS 125

Chicano/Latino Musical Culture

CHS 212

Introduction to Comparative Ethnic Studies

Total Hours


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

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

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

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


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.