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:
A1 – Oral Communication
COMM 1100 - Oral Communication
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
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.