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Major Specific Declaration Requirements for CSULB Students:
College of Education

CSULB students must meet precise major specific criteria in order to ‘declare a major.’ While freshmen are admitted directly into some majors, many majors require that students begin as pre-majors and then declare the major if and when they complete the major specific criteria. All students must have a declared major by the time they reach 60 earned units. This applies equally to students who are:

  • Undeclared
  • Were admitted into a ‘pre-major’ and are requesting to declare the major
  • Requesting to change major
  • Requesting to add a major

Except for “Highly Impacted” majors, native CSULB students can ‘declare a major’ if they meet the major specific minimum cumulative GPA and required lower division preparation. There are limitations on the ability to add a second major or to add/change degree objectives based on the following policies:

To review the detailed major specific requirements select the major below. If a major is highly impacted it will be noted next to the name of the major and additional supplemental criteria and requirements are indicated in the major specific details. They are subject to change for future terms.

Major Specific Criteria for Current Students


To be considered for admission to the major, applicants must demonstrate the following:

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.6

Minimum lower division preparation (grade of C or better required):

  • Major preparation courses:
    • HIST 172 – Early United States History
    • POSC 100 – Introduction to American Government
    • Complete one of the following courses: CWL – 100 Introduction to World Literature, ENGL 180 Appreciation of Literature; ENGL 250A Survey of English Literature; ENGL 250B Survey of English Literature; ENGL 270A Survey of American Literature; or ENGL 270B Survey of American Literature; or ENGL 375 American Ethnic Writers
  • Required General Education courses not covered by major preparation courses:
    • Written Communication
    • Oral Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Mathematics (MTED recommended)

Explore the Liberal Studies Department for more information on this major.