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College of Liberal Arts Information

College of Liberal Arts

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Departments and Programs

  • Africana Studies
  • American Indian Studies Program
  • American Studies Program
  • Anthropology
  • Asian and Asian American Studies
  • Chicano and Latino Studies
  • Classics
  • Communication Studies
  • Comparative World Literature
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Human Development
  • International Studies Program
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Latin American Studies
  • Legal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Woman's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


  • Center for the Advancement of Philosophy in the Schools
  • Center for Applied Ethics
  • Center for Behavioral Research and Services
  • Center Cognitive Science
  • Center for European Studies
  • Center for First Amendment Studies
  • The George C. Graziadio Center for Italian Studies
  • Luster E. and Audrey Nichol Hauth Center for Communication Skills
  • The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Center for the Study of Advanced Aeronautic Technologies
  • The Center for Usability in Design and Accessibility
  • Yadunandan Center for India Studies
  • The Institute for Integrated Research in Materials, Environments, and Society

Programs at a Glance

Bachelor of Arts:

Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Business Economics, Chicano and Latino Studies, Chinese Studies, Classics, Communication Studies, Comparative World Literature, Economics, English, Environmental Science and Policy, French, Geography, German, History, Human Development, International Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Modern Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, and Women’s Studies.

Master of Arts

Anthropology, Asian Studies, Communication Studies Economics, English, French, Geography, German, Global Logistics, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Spanish

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Master of Science in Psychology


Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian Studies, Asian American Studies, Cartography and Geographical Information Science, Chicano and Latino Studies, Geographic Information Science, Japanese, Latin American Studies, Legal Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Peace Studies, Religious Studies, Russian-East European Studies, Teaching English as a Second Language, Technical and Professional Communication, and Urban Studies


Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian American Studies, Business Economics, Chicano and Latino Studies, Comparative World Literature, Classical Studies, Communication Studies, Economics, English (Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, Creative Writing, or Special Emphasis), Environmental Science and Policy, French and Francophone Studies, Geography, German, Greek, History, Human Development, International Economics, International Studies, Italian, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Latin, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Language Courses:

Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Cambodian (Khmer), French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Swahili.

Single Subject Credentials

English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Spanish, and Social Science.

Students planning to teach these subjects in secondary schools are strongly advised to consult the Credential Advisor in the appropriate program as early as possible in their studies, so that they fulfill subject matter preparation requirements while completing an undergraduate major.

Student Activities

Most of the departments in the College of Liberal Arts have either a student association or honor organization which provides students with a program of activities. Students should contact the department of their major to inquire about the kinds of organizations available to them or contact the College Coordinator for Student Life and Development at 985-5814.

The College and Associated Students promote the College Student Council with its representation from each department acting as liaison between the College administration, faculty, and members of the College’s student body. The Student Council provides a forum for the development of student leadership skills.


The College of Liberal Arts offers internships with on- and off-campus cooperating organizations designed to provide students with practice in the field under supervision. Many individual departments also offer discipline-based internships for advanced students.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (COLABA02)

The B.A. in Liberal Arts is a degree completion program designed to provide working adults who have accrued some college credits with an alternative delivery format that is more conducive to their personal and professional lives, providing a stronger possibility of graduation. The program is designed in a cohort format which provides students opportunities for networking as well as an environment where students’ shared interests, knowledge and skills enhance the learning experience for all. The degree will be in the Liberal Arts, an area that is general enough to support a wide variety of transferable units as well as support students with wide-ranging career interests.

This program is designed for the convenience and ease of access for the working adult. The majority of the classes will be taught face-to-face on the CSULB campus on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The basic core of courses will occasionally be coupled with a class being offered partially or entirely online. The online courses will be drawn exclusively from the list of those courses previously approved through the normal University curriculum review process.

Admission Requirements

Current transfer requirements for non-impacted majors (Minimum GPA of 2.0 in all transferable units attempted and good standing at last college attended.

Complete with a “C” or better by the end of the prior Spring term for Fall admission or by the end of the prior Summer term for Spring admission the CSU GE requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, and Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning.

Complete a minimum of 30 semester units, or 45 quarter units, of C or better in courses approved to meet CSU General Education requirements, or be GE Certified for all Lower Division General Education requirements of the University

Minimum of 78 units and at least 8 units from a four-year school.

Maximum of 90 units to be counted toward the degree, at least 20 units from a four-year school, and at least 10 UD units.

Essay of at least 1000 words on why the student wants to major in the Liberal Arts and what the student hopes to achieve by completing the degree. The essay should explicitly address what the student hopes to achieve in terms of the goals for student learning outcomes of the curriculum (as detailed in #4, below). This essay is the first element of the assessment plan for the degree program, and each essay will be reviewed by members of the Advisory Board and the Program Director.

Program Requirements

1. A minimum of 24 upper-division units, with at least two courses (6 units) in each of the Three Areas below.

2. Three (3) units in CLA 499: Directed Studies: Professional Portfolio.

3. Remaining units (3) selected from any of the three areas below.

Area I: Oral and Written Communication

  • COMM 334 Business & Professional Communication (3)
  • COMM 439 Communication and Popular Culture (3)
  • ENGL 300 Advanced Composition (3)
  • ENGL 317 Technical Communication (3)

Area II: Global Citizenship and Cross-Disciplinary Knowledge

  • ANTH 307I Modernization in Global Perspective (3)
  • ANTH 412I Culture and Communication (3)
  • CWL 350 Global Literature in American Culture (3)
  • CWL 415I Ethnic Literature and Culture in America (3)
  • ECON 300 Fundamentals of Economics (3)
  • GEOG/IST 319I International Development (3)
  • GEOG 470 Political Geography (3)
  • POSC 321 The Media and American Politics (3)
  • POSC 326 California Government in Comparative Perspective (3)
  • PSY 384 Workplace Diversity: Barriers and Strategies (3)
  • PSY 381 Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3)

Area III: Cultures, Values and Beliefs

  • AFRS/AIS/ASAM/CHLS/WGSS 319 U.S. Ethnic Experience (3)
  • PHIL/CBA 400I Business Ethics (3)
  • R/ST 302I Religious and Social Ethical Dimensions of American Diversity (3)
  • SOC 346 Race, Gender and Class (3)