Academic Skills & General Education (SP22)

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 – 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 (9 units)

Select one course from each category below. Courses must be passed with a grade of "C-" or higher. 


THE 120 Fundamentals Of Speech (3)


ENG 110 Freshman Composition Accelerated (3)
ENG 108 Freshman Composition I: Stretch 1 (3) and ENG 109 Freshman Composition I: Stretch 2 (3) or
ENG 112 Freshman Composition Supported (3)


MAT 271 Foundations Of Higher Math (3)
PHI 120 Critical Reasoning (3)
PSY 110 Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (3)

B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (13 units)

Select one course from each category below:


CHE 102 Chemistry For The Citizen (3)
EAR 100 Physical Geology (3)
GEO 200 Physical Geography (3)
PHY 100 Patterns In Nature (3)


ANT 101 Intro to Biological Anthro (3)
BIO 102 General Biology (3)


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

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 an advisor in the University Advisement Center.


Course must be passed with a "C-" grade or higher.
MAT 105 Finite Mathematics (3) or
MAT 131 Elementary Statistics and Probability (3) or
MAT 132 Statistics and Probability with Support (4) or
MAT 151 College Algebra and Trigonometry (4) or
MAT 153 Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry (4) or
MAT 171 Survey of Calculus for Management and Life Sciences (4) or
MAT 191 Calculus I (5) or
MAT 193 Calculus II (5)


BIO 336 Environmental Biology (3)
BIO 340 Genetics (3)
CSC 301 Computers And Society (3)
EAR 312 Natural Disasters (3)
EAR 416 Earth Sciences for Teachers (3)
IDS 310 Global Climate Change (3)
LBS 380 Blended Science Methods (4)
SMT 310 Science and Technology (3)
SMT 314 Introduction to Cosmology (3)
SMT 410 Development of Scientific Thinking and Theories (3)
SMT 416 Earth Science For Teacher (3)


Select one course in each category below and one additional lower division course from C1 or C2:

1. Arts Courses (3 - 6 units)

AFS 205 Introduction to Hip Hop (3)
APP 225 Pacific Islander Culture in Oceania and the U.S. (3)
ART 100 Looking At Art (3)
ART 101 Experiencing Creative Art (3)
COM 130 Introduction to Film (3)
DAN 130 Global Dance Perspectives (3)
ENG 271 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
MUS 101 Introducing Music (3)
MUS 110 Music Fundamentals (3)
MUS 201 Music in Film: From the Silent Era to The Lord of the Rings (3)
MUS 250 History of Rock (3)
THE 100 Television Film & Theatre (3)
THE 160 Acting For Non-Majors (3)

2. Letters Courses (3 - 6 units)

AFS 200 Intro to Africana Studies (3)
APP 101 Introduction To Asian Studies (3)
CHS 100 Chicana/o Cultural Roots (3)
CHS 205 Introduction to Chicana/o Literature (3)
COM 100 Media & Society (3)
ENG 230 Literature and Popular Culture (3)
FRE 220 Second Year French (3)
HUM 204 Introduction to the Humanities (3)
JPN 110 Beginning Japanese I (3)
JPN 111 Beginning Japanese II (3)
PHI 101 Moral Problems (3)
PHI 102 Humanity, Nature & God (3)
PHI 201 The Good Life (3)
PHI 202 The Devil You Don't Know (3)
SPA 151 Introduction to Hispanic Culture (3)
SPA 221 Intermediate Spanish II (3)
WMS 100 Gender, Sex, the Body, & Politics: An Introduction (3)

3. Integrative Studies in the Humanities (3 units upper division)

AFS 331 Key Movements: African Literature and Culture (3)
AFS 332 Key Movements: Harlem Renaissance (3)
AFS 333 Black Movements of the Sixties (3)
AFS 334 African Culture and Art (3)
APP 314 Asian Americans and the Media (3)
APP 315 Asian Pop Culture and Globalization (3)
APP 325 Asian Pacific Art, Music and Literature (3)
APP 339 Asian Diaspora and Transnational Asian Religions (3)
APP 343 Asian Pacific Film & Literature (3)
ARH 370 Art and Social Protest (3)
APP 343 Asian Pacific Film & Literature (3)
ARH 370 Art and Social Protest (3)
CHS 340 Native American and Chicana Women's Narrative (3)
CHS 345 Latina/o Identities in the Americas (3)
ENG 308 Critical Approaches to Children's Literature (3)
ENG 360 Heroes and Antiheroes (3)
ENG 362 Environment in Literature & Culture (3)
ENG 364 Literary Utopia (3)
HIS 355 American Civil Rights History (3)
HIS 375 Pop Culture in History (3)
HIS 376 Film As History: (3)
HUM 300 Health Humanities (3)
HUM 301 Mind/Brain and the Arts (3)
HUM 302 Lives of Faust: Deals with the Devil (3)
HUM 303 All Creatures Great & Small: Animals from Sacred to Endangered (3)
HUM 304 Vampires (3)
HUM 310 Key Concepts (3)
HUM 312 Key Movements (3)
HUM 314 Key Issues (3)
IDS 312 Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Humanities (3)
LBR 310 Success and Values (3)
LBR 312 Decade of the Sixties (3)
LBR 314 Key Issues: American Dream (3)
MUS 302 African American Music (3)
MUS 312 The Jazz Age (3)
MUS 345 Global Popular Music: Identity and Social Change (3)
MUS 486 Late Romantic-20th/21st Music (3)
PHI 351 Death and Dying (3)
PHI 352 Myth as Reality (3)
PHI 353 Age of Revolt (3)
PHI 383 Comparative Religions (3)
SPA 310 Romantic Love in the Western Tradition (3)
SPA 312 Hispanic Literature, Art and Culture (3)
SPA 313 Encountering the Other (3)
THE 313 Voices of Contemporary Women Playwrights (3)
THE 315 Key Concepts: The American Musical (3)
THE 317 Theatre of Revolt (3)
THE 319 The Power of Masks (3)
WMS 310 The Witch in Literature (3)
WMS 311 Comedy, Sex and Gender (3)
WMS 314 Feminism and Film (3)
WMS 315 Literature and the Rights of Women (3)


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

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

AFS 220 African World Peoples & Soc. (3)
ANT 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)
ECO 200 Contemporary Econ Issues (3)
ECO 210 Economic Theory 1A Micro (3)
ECO 211 Economic Theory 1B Macro (3)
IDS 210 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3)
LAW 240 Legal Environment of Business (3)
LBS 205 Child and Adolescent Development (3)
PSY 101 General Education Psychology: Understanding Human Behavior (3)
SOC 101 The Individual In Society (3)
SOC 102 Understanding Social Relationships in a Global Perspective (3)
WMS 200 Foundations in Queer Studies (3)
WMS 250 Foundations in Women's Studies (3)

2. Global and Historical Perspectives

AFS 201 African World Civilizations (3)
ANT 102 Ancient Civilizations (3)
CHS 200 Introduction to Chicana/o and Latina/o History (3)
ENG 150 Languages of the World (3)
GEO 100 Human Geography (3)
HIS 120 World History I (3)
HIS 121 World History II (3)
LBR 200 Labor and the Environment (3)
MGT 200 Global Organizational Ethics and Social Responsibility (3)
POL 100 General Education Political Science: World Perspectives (3)

3. Integrative Studies in the Social Sciences (3 units upper division)

AFS 310 The African American Experience in the US (3)
AFS 311 Afro Latinidad & the Caribbean (3)
AFS 312 Cultural Pluralism: Ethnic & Global Society (3)
ANT 330 North American Indians (3)

ANT 312 Language And Culture (3)
ANT 334 Mesoamerica Past and Present (3)
ANT 336 Comparative Cultures: Culture, Environment and Globalization (3)
ANT 337 Ethnography and Film (3)
ANT 338 Mainland Southeast Asia (3)
ANT 342 South America (3)
ANT 371 Historical and Cultural Perspectives in Disability Studies (3)
APP 311 Contemporary Issues in Asian American Communities (3)
APP 318 Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Lao Americans: Culture, History, and Identity (3)
APP 327 Values and Communication of Asian Pacific Cultures (3)
APP 335 Asian Pacific Culinary Culture (3)
APP 350 Asian-Pacific Gender and Family (3)
CHS 323 Latina/o Perspectives on U.S. Immigration and Citizenship (3)
CHS 330 Latina/o Identities in U.S. (3)
CHS 335 Urban Youth Gangs in Los Angeles (3)
GEO 318 Cultural Pluralism The Human Environment: Methods of Knowledge and Truth (3)
HEA 468 Multicultural Health (3)
HIS 340 American West (3)
HIS 348 Labor In American Society (3)
HIS 352 Topics in United States Foreign Relations History (3)
HIS 354 History of American Immigration (3)
HIS 380 Women In History (3)
IDS 304 Issues in Global Studies (3)
IDS 318 Interdisciplinary Approach to Cultural Pluralism (3)
LBS 370 Multicultural Studies (5)
MLG 318 New Perspectives on Language and Sex (3)
SBS 318 Cultural Pluralism: (3)
SPA 318 Movements of Latin America (3)
WMS 318 Race, Class and Gender (3)


Select one course from the following.
BUS 100 Entrepreneurship For Everyone (3)
CIS 275 Internet Literacy (3)
FIN 200 Personal Finance for Non-Finance Majors (3)
HEA 100 Health & Lifestyles (3)
HEA 201 Healthcare Systems and Perspectives (3)
KIN 235 Lifetime Fitness (3)
LIB 151 Fundamentals of Information Literacy (3)
REC 100 Dimensions Of Leisure (3)
UNV 101 Personal, Social and Intellectual Development (3)


Select one course from the following. Area F may be fulfilled by approved upper division
AFS 100 The African American Experience (3)
AFS 212 Intro To Comp Eth & Global Soc (3)
AFS 231 Africana Literary Traditions (3)
APP 201 Introduction to Asian American Studies (3)
APP 212 Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies (3)
CHS 125 Chicano/Latino Musical Culture (3)
CHS 212 Introduction to Comparative 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.