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Cal State LA : Academics

Academic Calendar

Semester/term begin dates:Fall Semester - Late August
Spring Semester - Late January
Calendar system:semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held:For Fall admission, new student orientation is held June-August.
Number and length of summer sessions:
Four summer sessions:
May Session (3 weeks): May 22 - June 10, 2017
10-Week Summer Session 10wk (10 weeks): May 30 - Aug 12, 2017
First Five-Week Session (5 weeks): May 30 - July 3, 2017
Second Five-Week Session (5 weeks): July 5 - Aug 8, 2017

Academic Experience

Majors with the highest enrollment:Sociology, Business Administration - Management, Psychology
Student:Faculty ratio:25:1
Total faculty:787 men, 795 women, 1,582 total
Full-time faculty:331 men, 334 women, 665 total
Part-time faculty:456 men, 461 women, 917 total
Faculty degrees:50% PhD, 44% master's degree, 5% bachelor's degree, 1% other
Graduation rate:6% within four years
29% within five years
46% within six years

Required undergraduate Curriculum

General education/core curriculum is required:yes
Minor requirements:not required for graduation
Physical education is required:no
There are religious requirements for graduation:no

Programs Offered

Special programs offered:student-designed majors, double majors, dual degrees, independent study, accelerated program, honors program, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning, evening courses, online courses
Education certifications are offered:yes
Education certifications:early childhood, elementary, secondary, special education, bilingual/bicultural
Combined 2-2 programs available:Fire Protection Administration, Aviation Administration Technology
Graduate schools/programs are offered:yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes:yes
Study abroad opportunities:Study abroad in Australia, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
Army ROTC:offered off-campus at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Navy ROTC:not offered
Air Force ROTC:offered off-campus at Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

List of Majors

Bachelor's Degrees:
  • African-American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Asian/Asian American Studies
  • Aviation Administration
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Fire Protection Administration/Technology
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Graphic Communications
  • Health Sciences
  • History
  • Industrial Arts
  • Industrial Technology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Japanese
  • Kinesiology
  • Latin American Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mexican-American Studies
  • Microbiology
  • Music
  • Natural Science
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition Science
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Television/Film/Media Studies
  • Theatre Arts/Dance
  • Urban Learning
  • Vocational Arts