2018-2019 Catalog

Major and Minor

All students must complete a major as one of the university requirements for graduation. Departments that offer single field majors do not require a minor; however, those majors not designated as single field may require completion of a minor as part of their major requirements. In each major or minor field, a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better is required.

No course may count in both the major and minor unless it is a prerequisite for both. If upper division course requirements overlap, additional courses may need to be taken to fulfill unit requirements of both the major and minor. A student should see his/her advisor to make substitutions.

Double Major or Minor

A student may complete an additional minor or second major. Units used to satisfy the requirements for an additional major or minor cannot have been used in the first major or minor. The student shall declare the second major or minor at the time the Application for Graduation is filed and have the appropriate advisement form submitted. Whenever a double major is used to satisfy graduation requirements, the upper division courses must not overlap. The completion of an additional major or minor will be noted on the official transcript. A student who completes requirements for two majors under a single degree, BA or BS, may have both majors recorded on the diploma. A student who completes two majors leading to different degrees, for example, philosophy (BA) and public administration (BS), must declare one major as the degree major, in order to determine the appropriate degree to be awarded and notation for the diploma. A student will not be granted two diplomas and two degrees, as distinguished from two majors, at the same time. Note: The residency requirement for a second major is the same as for the primary major: 12 upper division units at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Double Concentration

A student may complete a double concentration but only the primary concentration will be printed on the transcript and diploma.

Same Field Major and Minor

No student is permitted to declare a major and minor in the same field, except for the following:

  • Any combination of major and minor in Art, such that the title of the major and minor are not the same (i.e., an Art History major and Studio Art minor would be permissible).
  • A Microbiology minor can major in Biology with the general option, but not with the Microbiology option.
  • An English major can minor in Language and Linguistics.
  • A Communications major and a minor in Advertising.
  • A Theatre Arts major and a minor in Speech.
  • A Business Administration major and a minor in Information Systems.
  • A Spanish major with an option in Linguistics may minor in Spanish Literature.
  • A Spanish major with an option in Literature may minor in Spanish Linguistics.

  • Special Major

    The University offers a special major at both the undergraduate and graduate level. A student seeking this degree has the opportunity to engage in individualized courses of study when appropriate academic and professional goals are not accommodated by standard campus degree programs. For further information, see "Special Major" in the "Academic Programs" section of this catalog.

    Substitutions and Waivers of Course Requirements

    Any requests for substitutions or waivers of major/minor course requirements should be directed to the department chair or program coordinator. Requests for General Education substitutions or waivers should be directed to the University Advisement Center.

    Grade Point Average Requirements

    A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required for:

    1. all units attempted at CSU Dominguez Hills;
    2. all units attempted (combination of CSU Dominguez Hills units and transfer units);
    3. all units attempted for the major;
    4. all units attempted for the minor or thematic project;
    5. all units attempted for the major in a single field;
    6. all units attempted for the double major;
    7. all courses in General Education Area A must be passed with a grade of "C" or higher. In all other areas, a grade point average of 2.0 for all courses used in General Education, calculated at graduation, is required.