Golden 4 Course Descriptions

Cal State LA Golden 4 Course Descriptions for Admissions Purposes

If an articulation does not currently exists between your transfer school(s) and Cal State LA, courses that have similar content to the courses below may be considered for meeting the transfer general education requirements:

Effective Fall 2016 admission term (Semesters)

A1 – Oral Communication

COMM 1100 - Oral Communication

Introduction to effective oral communication through study and experience in analysis, synthesis, and presentation of informative and persuasive discourse in a public speaking forum.
*C-ID COMM 110
*The University course listed above articulates with any California Community College (CCC) course that is approved by the C-ID program and given the corresponding “C-ID Course” designation listed here. The articulation is one-way articulation, meaning the approved community college course will articulate for the indicated course credit at the four-year university. Articulation does NOT apply from the four-year institution to the community college or between the four-year institutions.
 

A2 – Written Communication

ENGL 1010 - Accelerated College Writing

Prerequisites: English Placement Test (EPT) and completion of directed self-placement or completion of ENGL 1004. Reading and writing to develop and communicate ideas. Instruction in strategies for planning, composing, and revising college writing that incorporates authorities, examples, arguments, and facts to write developed, supported texts.

A3 – Critical Thinking and Composition

Must be met using a Philosophy class in logic, a Communication Studies class in argumentation and debate, a Political Science class in the critical analysis of political ideologies and communication, or an approved California Community College course that fulfills the Critical Thinking requirement per the college’s CSU General Education Breadth, or IGETC pattern.

COMM 1200 - Argumentation

Prerequisite: Completion of GE A2. Principles of argumentation: methods of logical analysis to test reasoning and evidence. Practical application through adaptation of rhetorical speech and writing to audiences and situations.
*C-ID COMM 120
*The University course listed above articulates with any California Community College (CCC) course that is approved by the C-ID program and given the corresponding “C-ID Course” designation listed here. The articulation is one-way articulation, meaning the approved community college course will articulate for the indicated course credit at the four-year university. Articulation does NOT apply from the four-year institution to the community college or between the four-year institutions.

ENGL 1050 - Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking (not equivalent to ENGL 2010 (formerly ENGL 102) - Intermediate College Writing)

Prerequsite: ENGL 1005B, ENGL 1010. Instruction in argumentation and critical writing, critical thinking, analytical evaluation of texts, research strategies, information literacy, and proper documentation.

PHIL 1600 - Critical Thinking and Composition

Prerequisite: Completion of A2. Logical analysis of language and critical evaluation of arguments in everyday language; deductively valid and invalid argument forms; rudiments of inductive logic and scientific reasoning; informal fallacies. Students will develop analytical, critical, and information-literacy skills necessary for writing an academic paper containing a well-supported argument. Some sections to be offered online.

POLS 1555 - Critical Analysis of Political Communication

Prerequisite: completion of Block A2. Critical analysis of ideological messages, political biases, and manipulative devices in all forms of communication; from newpaper reporting to scholarly texts, from films to television news to social media.

B4 – Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning (must be college-level/transferable)

ECON 1090 or MATH 1090 - Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics

Prerequisite: Score of 50 or more on ELM or MATH 0930 with a minimum C grade, within the last year. Principles of quantitative reasoning, data presentation, descriptive statistics, correlation, probability, distributions of random variables, sampling distributions, interval estimation, and statistical inference, with multi-disciplinary applications.

EDFN 2520 - Introduction to Statistics and Data Interpretation for Real-Life Problem Solving

Prerequisite: Completion of remediation, if required, or score of 50 or above on ELM requirement. Introduction to statistics and data analysis and interpretation using quantitative reasoning and mathematical concepts, including descriptive and inferential statistics and analysis methods for understanding basic research data, with real-life applications in the contexts of education and human services.

MATH 1000 - Introduction to College Mathematics

Prerequisites: Score of 50 or more on ELM; or MATH 0930 with minimum C grade. The language of mathematics. Sets and their application. Combinatorics and probability. Descriptive statistics. Financial mathematics.

MATH 1020 - College Algebra

Prerequisite: Score of 50 or more on ELM or MATH 0930 with a minimum C grade. Functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; sigma notation and sequences; permutations, combinations, binomial theorem, and basic probability.

Prior to Fall 2016 admission term (Quarters)

A1 – Written Communication

ENGL 101 - Composition I

Prerequisites: Placement by English Placement Test (EPT) or completion of ENGL 096. Reading and writing to develop and communicate ideas. Instruction in strategies for planning, composing, and revising college writing that incorporates authorities, examples, arguments, and facts to write developed, supported texts.

A2 – Oral Communication

Must include coursework in public speaking.

COMM 150 - Oral Communication

Introduction to effective oral communication through study and experience in analysis, synthesis, and presentation of informative and persuasive discourse in a public speaking forum.

A3 – Critical Thinking

Must be met using a Philosophy class in logic, a Communication Studies class in argumentation and debate, a Political Science class in the critical analysis of political ideologies and communication, or an approved California Community College course that fulfills the Critical Thinking requirement per the college’s CSU General Education Breadth, or IGETC pattern.

PHIL 160 - Critical Thinking

Logical analysis of language and critical evaluation of arguments in everyday language; deductively valid and invalid argument forms; rudiments of inductive logic and scientific reasoning; informal fallacies. Some sections to be offered online.

PHIL 250 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic

Introduction to modern symbolic logic and its relation to everyday language; methods of establishing the logical content of statements and of analyzing and/or criticizing arguments for validity and invalidity.

COMM 176 – Argumentation

Principles of argumentation: reasoned discourse, methods of logical analysis and reflective thinking, practical application through adaptation of materials to audience situations, argumentative speech, kinds and forms of debate about current issues.

POLS 155 - Critical Analysis of Political Communication

Critical analysis of ideological messages, political biases, and manipulative devices in all forms of communication, from newspaper reporting to scholarly texts, from films to television news.

A4 – Mathematical Concepts and Quantitative Reasoning (must be college-level/transferable)

ECON 109 or MATH 109 - Quantitative Reasoning with Statistics

ECON 109

Principles of quantitative reasoning, data presentation, descriptive statistics, correlation, probability, distributions of random variables, sampling distributions, interval estimation, and statistical inference, with multi-disciplinary applications.

MATH 109

Principles of quantitative reasoning, data presentation, descriptive statistics, correlation, probability, distributions of random variables, sampling distributions, interval estimation, and statistical inference, with multi-disciplinary applications.

MATH 100 - Introduction to College Mathematics

Introduction to mathematical methods and reasoning, including logic, sets and set operations, combinatorics and probability, descriptive statistics, normal distribution, and margin of error. No credit toward mathematics or computer science majors.

MATH 102 - College Algebra

Algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities; functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; permutations, combinations, binomial theorem, and basic probability.