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. Be sure to run your Academic Requirements Report (in MyCSULB) to check which GEs you personally need. Since the GE course list changes, please verify the GE status of each course when you register.

Up to 13 units of your GE may be LING courses. Below is a guide to which courses count.

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. These typically do not count against the 13 unit major GE limit, because they have a different course prefix.
  • Social Sciences and Citizenship (D2) LING 101 (Introduction to the World’s Languages), LING/ANTH 170 (Introduction to Linguistics).
  • Lifelong learning (E) : LING 329 (Language Acquisition)
  • 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 IS 100 (Information Technology Literacy) and ETEC 171 (Critical Thinking Using Computer Technology)
  • Life sciences without lab (B1a) PSY 241 (Psychobiology) would be 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 (Research Methods). Statistics are very important for working in research, language assessment, or computational linguistics.
  • Capstones (F) PSY 382 (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 412I (Culture and Communication). There are also many relating to law, such as PHIL 352 (Philosophy of Law), SOC 342 (Criminology), CRJU 304 (Criminological Theory), AIS 485 (American Indians and the Law), HIST 308 (Law and Civilization), and PHIL 451I (Race, Ethnicity, Gender and American Law). These might be relevant if you’re thinking of going to law school, or into forensic linguistics.