General Education

Tips for Linguists on General Education

CSULB is currently transitioning to a new GE system. Some Linguistics majors are under the old system, while others are under the new system; differences in these GE systems include the GE categories themselves as well as how many units of GE can also satisfy requirements for the major, so be sure to run your Academic Requirements Report (in MyCSULB) to check which GEs you personally need. Since the GE course list changes periodically, please verify the GE status of each course when you register.

GE courses that can count towards the Linguistics major

  • Humanities (C2/C3): Many foreign language classes can count towards this GE category, as well as the Linguistics language requirement. 
  • Social Sciences and Citizenship (D3): LING 101 (Introduction to the World’s Languages), LING/ANTH 170 (Introduction to Linguistics).

Upper Division GE

Different students have different upper division GE requirements, so not all the categories below will apply. Please be sure to consult an advisor.

  • Category B: LING 424 (Laboratory Phonetics)
  • Category D: LING 363 (Implications of Human Language)
  • Writing Intensive Capstones (F, WI): LING 363 (Implications of Human Language), LING 472 (Language and Social Justice)
  • Other Capstones (F): LING 425 (Education Across Cultures) 
  • Global Issues (Global): LING 101 (Introduction to the World’s Languages)
  • Human Diversity (HD): LING 425 (Education Across Cultures) LING 472 (Language and Social Justice)

GE courses in other departments that may be useful to linguists

  • Critical thinking (A3): CECS 100 (Critical Thinking in the Digital Information Age) is the first course in the programming sequence. Programming skills are useful for anyone, and essential for computational linguists. Different sections are taught in different programming languages; Python is probably the most useful for linguists. Other computer-related A3 courses include I S 100 (Critical Thinking and Information Technology Literacy) and ETEC 171 (Critical Thinking Using Computer Technology).
  • Life sciences without lab (B1a): PSY 241 (Psychobiology) would provide a good background for psycholinguistics.
  • Physical sciences without lab (B1b): CECS 202 (The Digital Information Age) is useful for computer skills.
  • Mathematics (B2): STAT 108 (Statistics for Everyday Life) will help prepare you for LING 301 (Introduction to Research Methods). Statistics is very important for working in research, language assessment, or computational linguistics.
  • Capstones (F): PHIL 482 (Introduction to Cognitive Science) is closely related to psycholinguistics. PSY 327 (Introduction to Human Factors) could be relevant to some kinds of computational linguistics (i.e., projects building systems that humans interact with). PHIL 401 (Philosophy in Education) could be interesting for those who plan to teach. There are several Capstones relating to communication such as COMM 411 (Communication in Conflict Resolution); ANTH 412 (Culture and Communication). There are also many relating to law such as PHIL 352 (Philosophy of Law), SOC 342 (Critical Criminology), CRJU 304 (Criminological Theory), AIS 485 (American Indians and the Law), HIST 308 (Law & Civilization), and PHIL 451 (Liberty and Justice: Race, Ethnicity, Gender in American Law). These might be relevant if you’re thinking of going to law school, or into forensic linguistics.