Entering CSULA as a Freshman

Freshmen entering CSULA should seek advisement early and often during their freshman year.  Advisement is available from the ULRN program and in the Charter College of Education Advisement Center (see Advisement).  Advisement is available to freshmen as soon as they area admitted to CSULA, while they are still in high school. 

During their first two years, students entering as freshmen will complete a program of general education breadth coursework. Students majoring in Urban Learning and entering as freshmen will receive a written plan of GE coursework, which will make their progress through GE easier and assure they select the courses they need. GE coursework must be completed before students are placed in a ULRN cohort.

General Education requirements consist of five blocks, covering:

  • Basic subjects, US History and Political Science (Block A, 24 units)
  • Biological, physical and natural sciences (Block B, 12 units)
  • The humanities: literature, art or music, and foreign language (Block C: 12 units)
  • The social sciences (Block D, 8 units)
  • Lifelong understanding (Block E, 4 units)

Students must also complete:

  • An Introduction to Higher Education course (EDUC 101, which also meets the Block E requirement)
  • An advanced (WPE) during their first 135 units of coursework
  • Two courses designated as meeting diversity requirements

It is recommended freshmen enroll in the following courses their first quarter at CSULA:

  • EDUC 101 (4)
  • ENGL 101 (4)
  • A Block B2 course:  ANTH 151/152, GEOG 170, GEOL 150 or GEOL 155 (4)
  • A Block D course:  PSY 150, CHDV 140 or ANTH 250 (4)