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Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

BA - Creative Arts

San José State University -to- Citrus Community College

Community College students should meet with a counselor as soon as possible to determine the equivalent courses offered at that institution. Students should complete as many as possible of the lower division requirements listed below, prior to transfer.

Lower Division Course Requirements

Community College Course Equivalents

STAR Act (SB 1440):

This department accepts the AA-T in Global Studies or AA-T in Social Justice Studies for transfer into this major. We recommend transfer students complete the following courses, which are required for this major at SJSU, as part of their AA-T program. Students should take courses which clear the American Institution requirement and a second course in English composition as part of their CSU GE or IGETC requirements for the AA-T degree (doing so will increase greater choice in the 60 units of SJSU course work to be taken after transfer).

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingENGL 103 Composition & Critical Thinking
ENGL 103H Composition & Critical Thinking - Honors
ENGL 104 Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
ENGL 104H Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking - Honors
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 102 Introduction to Literature

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

CA 060 Creativity MattersNo Current Equivalent

Three semester (or 4.5 quarter) units of lower division non-studio, non-activity courses in history or theory from the following:

Art; Art History; Comparative Literature; Dance; Design; English; Music, RTVF/T (Television, Radio, Film and Theatre Arts), and others approved by the CAP Advisor, such as:
DANC 010 Dance AppreciationDANC 102 History of Dance
ENGL 010 Great Works of LiteratureENGL 102 Introduction to Literature
ENGL 022 Fantasy and Science FictionNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 010A Music AppreciationMUSE 109 Music Appreciation
MUSC 019 Music in World CulturesNo Current Equivalent
RTVF 082 Introduction to Film HistoryArt 200 History of Motion Pictures: 1895 - 1945
Art 201 History of Motion Pictures 1945 - Present
RTVF 031 Film and Television AestheticsNo Current Equivalent
TA 010 Theatre AppreciationTHEA 101 Introduction to Theatre Arts

The Creative Arts Program is interdisciplinary. Lower division requirements of the Major include the following:

Six semester (or nine quarter) units of activity or studio courses in visual or performing arts or creative writing, such as the articulated equivalents of:
ART 012 Two-Dimensional Design and Color ConceptsArt 120 Two-Dimensional Design
ART 013 Three-Dimensional Design ConceptsArt 121 Three-Dimensional Design
ART 024 Drawing IART 111 Beginning Drawing
ART 112 Intermediate Drawing
ART 026 Drawing IINo Current Equivalent
DANC 040A Topics in Modern Dance IDANC 161 Beginning Modern Dance
DANC 261 Intermediate Modern Dance I
DANC 271 Intermediate Modern Dance II
DANC 042A Topics in Jazz Dance IDANC 160 Jazz Dance Techniques
ENGL 071 Creative WritingEngl 210 Creative Writing: Fiction and Non-Fiction
TA 005 ActingTHEA 201 Stage Acting I - Beginning
TA 017 Intermediate ActingTHEA 202 Stage Acting II - Intermediate
TA 048 Voice & Movement for the ActorNo Current Equivalent


Admission to San Jose State is competitive in all majors. SJSU continues to have more qualified applicants than available new student spaces. Because of this, SJSU is an impacted campus with impacted programs. For the most current information regarding admission impaction at SJSU please visit our website SJSU Impaction Information page.

Prior to transferring to San Jose State University all transfers must earn at least 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter), including the CSU four basic skill courses required for CSU admission eligibility (except majors which have an approved CSU GE A3 waiver). Within those 60 semester/90 quarter units, students are strongly encouraged to complete the following:

1. Lower Division Major Course Requirements (especially for STEM Majors):
Complete as many of the lower division courses required for the major as possible. Many of these courses may be double counted as part of the CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements. The lower division major courses for this major are shown above.

2. General Education Requirements:
Complete all the CSU GE Breadth requirements at the community college (39 semester units/58 quarter units). The approved courses for each area can be found at under the link "CSU GE-Breadth Certification Courses" for your college. Many of these courses may be double counted to meet the major requirements shown above, so choose your courses wisely. Some SJSU majors which meet GE requirements within the majors are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog. Please see your college counselor/advisor to review your general education in order to receive FULL OR PARTIAL CERTIFICATION PRIOR TO TRANSFER to San Jose State University.

3. Second Course in English Composition highly recommended:
All students are strongly encouraged to complete a second English composition course as part of their lower division GE prior to transferring to SJSU (either to meet CSU GE Area A3 or C2) for the greatest success in passing the Writing Skills Test (WST) at SJSU. Complete this course with a grade of "C" or better prior to registering for the WST at SJSU to avoid delays in enrollment for other SJSU courses. To register for the WST contact our Testing office at:

4. American Institutions Requirement (US 1, US 2, and US 3 must be completed):
This requirement is normally 2 courses and can be taken as part of your CSU GE-Breadth 39 semester unit requirements (GE Area D and sometimes Area C). The approved courses can be found at under the link "CSU U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals Courses" for your college.

5. Graduation Requirement - Physical Education (PE):
All undergraduate students who matriculate at SJSU are required to complete two units of physical education from Kinesiology/Dance activity courses, unless the major program has an approved PE waiver. Majors which have approved PE waivers are noted on the Major Exceptions and Modifications page in our catalog.

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