University's Explanation of Code Requirements

American Institutions Requirements

All CSUEB undergraduate students must complete the American Institutions requirement in history and government. If your transfer curriculum sheet indicates that you have not completed or have only partially completed the requirement, you must contact the History or Political Science Departments to complete a "requirement memo" to receive approval of your remaining course or courses.

Transfer Students also note! The ASSIST.ORG website provides information regarding course equivalencies for purposes of ACADEMIC RENEWAL. Students should NOT use the ASSIST site for determining which courses to take for purposes of the American Institutions requirement. This coursework can ONLY be approved by the Departments of History and Political Science at CSUEB and is NOT automatically transferable from the ASSIST site.

New American Institutions Requirements

These requirements are in place for students entering CSUEB under the 2004-05 University Catalog. Students admitted under previous catalogs may complete the American Institutions requirement with these courses or with the courses from the previous requirements (listed at the end below).

COMPLETE 8 UNITS, 4 FROM EACH CATEGORY:

First Category (4 units):

HIST 1101 (History of the U.S. to 1877) or POSC 1201 (American Political Institutions) or HIST 3400 (American History) or HIST 3540 (The Making of the U.S. Constitution) or POSC 3441 (American Constitutional Law I) or POSC 3442 (American Constitutional Law II) or ES 1201 (Ethnicity in American History I)

Second Category (4 units):

HIST 1102 (History of the U.S. Since 1877) or POSC 1202 (Public Policy/California Politics) or HIST 3500 (History of California) or POSC 3120 (State and Local Government) or POSC 3150 (Politics of California) or ES 1202 (Ethnicity in American History II).

All or part of the American Institutions Requirement may also be completed as follows:

American Institutions Examinations

Students may fulfill all or part of the requirement through examinations in one or more of the following areas: U.S. History; the U.S. Constitution; and/or California State and Local Government. Contact the Assessment and Testing Office for examination schedule.

Advanced Placement Credit

High school students may fulfill the First Category requirement in advance by achieving a 3 or better score on either the Advanced Placement test in U.S. History and the U.S. Constitution; or in the Advanced Placement test in American Government and Politics. They will still be required to complete a Second Category course or the California State and Local Government requirement examination.

Previous American Institutions Requirements (for catalog years prior to 2004-05)

For students entering CSUEB before Fall 2004, the American Institutions Requirement may be fulfilled with the following combinations of courses. As noted above, students may also choose to complete the new requirements listed above instead.

  1. 8 units from either of the following combinations: HIST 1101 and HIST 1102; or POSC 1201 and POSC 1202.
  2. The following courses may used as substitutions: HIST 3411 or HIST 3412 for HIST 1101; HIST 3500 for HIST 1102; POSC 3120 or POSC 3150 for POSC 1202.
  3. Or students may complete the requirement with the following 12-unit sequence: HIST 3400 (U.S. History Component); POSC 3100 (U.S. Constitution component); and HIST 3500 or POSC 3100 or POSC 3120 or POSC 3150 (California State and Local Government component)

Official requirement examinations may be substituted for any of the three components of the requirement: U.S. History; U.S. Constitution; and California State and Local Government. Contact the Assessment and Testing Office for examination schedule.

Advanced placement students may fulfill portions of the requirement by achieving a 3 or better score on the Advanced Placement test either in U.S. History and the U.S. Constitution, or in American Government and Politics. They will still be required to complete the California State and Local Government portion of the requirement with an appropriate course or the California State and Local Government requirement examination.

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