Lower Division Requirements
Fall 2015 - Spring 2016

BA - Creative Arts

San José State University -to- Modesto Junior 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

Second Course in English Composition:

ENGL 002 Critical Thinking and WritingCOMM 104 Argumentation
ENGL 103 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking
PHILO 105 Reasoning
PHILO 107 Philosophy of Science
ENGL 001B Argument and AnalysisENGL 102 Advanced Composition and Introduction to Literature

Lower Division Requirements of the Major:

CA 060 Creativity MattersNo Current Equivalent

Six semester (or nine quarter) units of lower division non-studio, non-activity courses in history or theory from two disciplines selected 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:
ARTH 010 Art AppreciationArt 160 Appreciation of Art
ARTH 011 Modern Art HistoryNo Current Equivalent
ARTH 070A Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalArt 164 History of Art 1
ARTH 070B Art History, Renaissance to ModernArt 165 History of Art 2
ARTH 070C Arts of AsiaART 169 Survey of Asian Art
ARTH 072 Design in SocietyNo Current Equivalent
ARTH 080 The Applied Arts in Interior DesignNo Current Equivalent
DANC 010 Dance AppreciationNo Current Equivalent
ENGL 010 Great Works of LiteratureENGL 102 Advanced Composition and Introduction to Literature
ENGL 022 Fantasy and Science FictionNo Current Equivalent
ENGL 040 Contemporary World FictionNo Current Equivalent
ENGL 056A English Literature to the Late 18th CenturyEngl 137 Survey of English Literature to the 18th Century
ENGL 056B English Literature Late 18th Century to PresentEngl 138 Survey of English Literature: 18th Century to Present
ENGL 068A American Literature to 1865Engl 135 Survey of American Literature to 1850
ENGL 068B American Literature 1865 to PresentEngl 136 Survey of American Literature: 1850 to the Present
ENGL 078 Introduction to Shakespeare's DramaEngl 163 Introduction to Shakespeare
MUSC 010A Music AppreciationMUSG 101 Music Appreciation
MUSC 012 Medieval and Renaissance MusicNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 019 Music in World CulturesNo Current Equivalent
MUSC 081 Concert Listening INo Current Equivalent
RTVF 082 Introduction to Film HistoryEngl 161 Film Appreciation
RTVF 030 Introduction to Film/TV ProductionNo Current Equivalent
RTVF 031 Film and Television AestheticsNo Current Equivalent
TA 010 Theatre AppreciationThetr 100 Introduction to Theatre Arts
TA 011 Script AnalysisNo Current Equivalent
TA 048 Voice & Movement for the ActorNo Current Equivalent

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 124 Color & Design 1
ART 013 Three-Dimensional Design ConceptsArt 125 Color & Design 2
ART 024 Drawing IART 120 Basic Drawing 1
ART 026 Drawing IINo Current Equivalent
ART 046 Introduction to Ceramics
approved by CAP Advisor
Art 108 Ceramics 1
ART 074 Introduction to Digital Media
approved by CAP Advisor
No Current Equivalent
DANC 040A Topics in Modern Dance INo Current Equivalent
DANC 042A Topics in Jazz Dance INo Current Equivalent
ENGL 071 Creative WritingEngl 105 Creative Writing: Poetry
Engl 106 Creative Writing: Short Fiction
TA 005 ActingTHETR 160 Fundamentals of Acting
TA 015 Voice and Diction
approved by CAP Advisor
No Current Equivalent
TA 017 Intermediate ActingThetr 161 Intermediate Acting
TA 048 Voice & Movement for the ActorNo Current Equivalent
TA 064 Make-up for Performing Arts
approved by CAP Advisor
THETR 174 Stage Makeup


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.