Students shall take no more than four lower-division courses with the same subject prefix as their major to fulfill their general education requirements.

Approved Courses

  • CST 273CST 273: Cyberdemocracy (4 units)
    Approved from Fall 2012

  • GS 200GS 200: Politics of Everyday Life (4 units)
    Approved from Fall 2012

  • HCOM 266HCOM 266: Histories of Democracy (4 units)
    Approved from Fall 2012

  • HCOM 267HCOM 267: US Political Histories (4 units)
    Approved from Fall 2012

  • HCOM 360HCOM 360: Topics in Const History (4 units)
    Approved from Fall 2014

  • SBS 212SBS 212: US Histories & Politics (4 units)
    Approved from Fall 2012

  • SBS 245SBS 245: Native American Societies (4 units)
    Approved from Fall 2012

  • SBS 350SBS 350: Domination & Resistance: US (4 units)
    Approved from Fall 2012

  • SBS 385SBS 385: Environmental History of CA (3 to 4 units)
    Approved from Fall 2012

CSU General Education Alignment

  • U.S. Histories & Democratic Part: CSU GE Area D2


These outcomes reflect the statutory requirements mandated by CSU Executive Order 405 requiring students to understand U.S. History and an “American Ideals” requirement. A U.S. History/Democratic Participation course at CSUMB gives students the opportunity to examine U.S. Histories and the California and U.S. Constitutions within the context of CSUMB core values, including applied active and project based learning, multicultural and global perspectives, and ethical reflection and practice.

  1. Historical Knowledge: Students identify and describe processes, diverse peoples, and events in the histories of what is now the United States nationally, regionally, and globally over a span of at least 100 years, including the study of culture, politics, economics, social movements and/or geography.
  2. Historical Research and Analysis: Students become their own historians by demonstrating the ability to gather information, select relevant evidence from the information gathered, evaluate its credibility and use that evidence to explain and interpret the past.
    • Effectively identify relevant scholarly sources on the topic; understand the distinctions between primary historical evidence and secondary historical sources.
    • Select library databases appropriate to the topic. Identify and combine keywords and synonyms to develop a search strategy; effectively execute the search in appropriate library databases.
    • Evaluate the credibility of information sources, using the following criteria: expertise & credentials, purpose & audience, point of view.
  3. Constitutional Knowledge: Students identify and describe general principles, major provisions, and political philosophies of the constitutions of the United States and California at the time of their creation and how these constitutions have changed over time as well as the relations of power, interests, and concerns that those changes reflect.
  4. Comparative Political Analysis: Students demonstrate basic understanding of how U.S. and California political institutions and practices function at the local, state and national levels in comparison with other forms of governance in the world.
  5. Application: Based on analysis of relevant sources, students use tools of political action in an historically informed political project focused on the local, state, or national levels that enables a reflection on the values and assumptions that inform their own and others’ political participation.