2017-2018 Catalog

General Education

The General Education program has been designed to complement the major program and electives completed by each baccalaureate candidate in order to assure that graduates have made noteworthy progress toward becoming truly educated persons. It is deliberately structured to provide a breadth of the necessary skills and knowledge required of a well-educated graduate. The program enables CSUDH students to take part in a wide range of human interests and activities; to confront personal, cultural, moral, and social problems that are an inevitable part of human life; and to cultivate both the requisite skills and enthusiasm for lifelong learning.

A technologically complex society requires its members to be sophisticated in gaining access to and evaluating information, both by traditional means and utilizing modern technology. Because of this requirement, General Education allows students to have developed knowledge of, or skills related to, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, intellectual inquiry, global awareness and understanding, human diversity, civic engagement, communication competence, ethical decision-making, environmental systems, technology, lifelong learning and self-development, and physical and emotional health through a lifetime.

Specifically, students completing the General Education program will have:

achieved the ability to engage in intellectual inquiry, to think clearly and logically, to find information from a variety of sources and examine it critically, to communicate effectively orally and in writing, to reason quantitatively and qualitatively, to understand and apply the scientific method, to make effective use of the existing technologies, and to solve problems and make informed and ethical decisions;

acquired appreciable knowledge about their own bodies and minds, including practical knowledge about their health and ways to maintain it, about how human society has developed and how it now functions, about the physical world in which they live, about the other forms of life with which they share that world, and about the cultural endeavors and legacies of their civilizations; come to an understanding and appreciation of the principles, methodologies, value systems, ethics, and thought processes employed in human inquiries and actions, as well as applicable laws and the subjects of their protection.

The guiding assumption underlying Dominguez Hills General Education offerings is that they are courses for non-specialists, presenting subject matter related to the wider context of knowledge and stimulating interest in lifelong learning. Ordinarily, such courses are different from introductory lower division courses for a major, and at the upper division level are not courses used in a major. General Education courses present breadth, deal with representative concepts, and provide for some integration of these concepts with further study.

The General Education Program, which is divided into three components, requires 55-62 semester units: (A) 12-14 units of Basic Skills; (B-E) 34-36 units of lower division General Education divided among Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning (10-12 units), Humanities (9 units), Social Sciences (12 units), and Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (3 units), and (F) 9 units of upper division Integrative Studies. In addition, students must take a course that emphasizes cultural pluralism (0-3), but which may also satisfy General Education or other graduation requirements. Finally, students must complete at least 9 semester units in General Education at CSU Dominguez Hills.

CSUDH may permit up to 6 semester units taken to meet the US History, Constitution, and American Ideals Requirement (Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, Section 40404) to be credited toward also satisfying GE Requirements.

Double Counting of General Education Courses

Lower division General Education courses may be double-counted in either the major or the minor. Up to six (6) units of upper division General Education course work may be double-counted for either the major or the minor. In the following majors only-- Liberal Studies, Clinical Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Nursing Program—nine (9) units of upper division General Education courses may be double-counted. Upper division General Education courses may be double-counted in the minor if at least 12 semester units are taken in the minor exclusive of General Education courses. 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. 

Honors Program

An Honors Program for new and continuing students began in fall 1983 with specially-designated sections of General Education courses. This program provides Honors Students with opportunities for special study, advisement and enrichment programs throughout their undergraduate careers. For further information, contact the coordinator of the Honors Program.