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California Southern University

California Southern University is a 4-year private university located in Irvine, California, that offers high-quality online undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Read on to learn more about the university.

About California Southern University

California Southern University is a regionally accredited university and offers degree and certificate programs 100-percent online with a personal touch. Programs are offered in business, psychology, criminal justice, law and nursing at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Students at CalSouthern enjoy one-on-one faculty mentoring, flexibility, affordable tuition and tremendous support. Up to 90 transfer credits may be applicable towards bachelor degree programs. Getting started is quick and easy with monthly course starts, no entrance exams and no closed courses. Tuition is locked in with continuous enrollment.

Academic Excellence: California Southern University is regionally accredited and the curriculum is rigorous and constantly updated to reflect the latest trends and developments in the field. CalSouthern utilizes a proprietary, state-of-the-art online learning platform that's extremely robust, yet intuitive and simple to use.

One-On-One Faculty Mentoring: Faculty are comprised of gifted educators who are experienced, highly regarded professionals in their areas of specialty. They will work with you one-on-one to help you apply the concepts you learn to meet real-world challenges in your field of interest.

Flexibility and Convenience: Your coursework is 100-percent online with no group study requirements. You study on your own time and schedule without compromising your professional and personal lives. With monthly course starts and no entrance exams, you can get started right away.

Affordable, Locked-In Tuition: Tuition is reasonably priced and 'locked in' when you enroll in a degree or certificate program. That means your tuition will never increase as long as you remain enrolled as a student. Affordable tuition, combined with the outstanding curriculum, makes CalSouthern a rare value in higher education. Pick the interest-free payment option that works best for you.

Online, But Never Alone: Your personal support team will be with you every step of the way, from enrollment through graduation

'I've been with California Southern University for multiple degrees and many of the faculty, advisors and staff are like family now. I will always appreciate and be grateful for the love, guidance and support I've received from the university. I am blessed that my real family believes in me and is so supportive in everything I do, but it's nice to know that the California Southern University community is there for me, as well.'

Brandi Powell-Espiritu, BBA & MBA Graduate

Why CalSouthern?

Academic Excellence: CalSouthern is regionally accredited, and the curriculum is rigorous and continuously updated to reflect current trends and developments in the field.

Online Excellence: CalSouthern's proprietary learning system is intuitive and easy to use. CalSouthern's platform incorporates best practices from being a pioneer in online learning and working with students at a distance for over 35 years.

Faculty Mentoring: Experienced professionals in their fields will work with you one-on-one to apply your coursework to today's real-world challenges

Flexibility and Convenience: With 100-percent online learning, you can study on your schedule. Progress through your program at the pace that works for you.

Affordable Tuition: Your tuition is reasonably priced and will never increase while you are enrolled. Pay as you go with interest-free payment options.

Support Team: Your team of faculty, advisors, librarians and IT staff will give you all the personalized assistance and support you need to succeed.

Start any time: With monthly course starts, no closed courses and no entrance exam requirements, you can get started right away.

Admission Requirements

Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies (AALS)

Admission into the associate degree program requires a high school diploma from an appropriately accredited institution or a GED. California Southern University may accept a maximum of 45 semester credits in transfer toward the associate degree for course work completed at an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution. Visit www.calsouthern.edu to view full information on admissions and transfer requirements.

Admission Requirements for:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Technology (BSAT)
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Admission into the bachelor's degree programs requires a high school diploma from an appropriately accredited institution or a GED. Admission into the Bachelor's Degree in Nursing program requires current licensure as a registered nurse in the state where the applicant practices. California Southern University may accept a maximum of 90 semester credits in transfer toward the bachelor's degree for course work completed at an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution. Visit www.calsouthern.edu to view full information on admissions and transfer requirements.

Master's and Doctoral Degrees

Admission Requirements for the Master's Degrees and for Doctoral Degrees can be found under each degree program on the California Southern University website at www.calsouthern.edu.

Earn Credit

You can transfer credit from any of the following Study.com courses towards your California Southern University undergraduate degree. Click to view the courses in each subject area.

Students can transfer up to 90 credits FROM ACE approved Study.com courses for all bachelor's programs at California Southern University and 45 credits from ACE approved courses for the Associates in Liberal Arts program.

Study.com Course Code & Name California Southern University Course Code & Name Credits
Accounting 101: Financial Accounting ACT 2102 : Principles of Accounting I 3
Accounting 102: Intro to Managerial Accounting ACT 2150 : Managerial Accounting 3
Accounting 301: Applied Managerial Accounting (Course taken as a General Elective) 3
Accounting 302: Advanced Accounting ACT 2104 : Principles of Accounting II 3
Accounting 303: Cost Accounting ACT 2453 : Cost Accounting 3
Business 100: Intro to Business BUS 2300 : Introduction to Business 3
Business 101: Principles of Management MGT 2404 : Contemporary Management 3
Business 102: Principles of Marketing MKT 2400 : Essentials of Marketing 3
Business 103: Introductory Business Law BUS 2301 : Basic Business Law 3
Business 104: Information Systems and Computer Applications MGT 2325 : Business Information Systems 3
Business 105: Labor Relations HRM 2404 : Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining 3
Business 106: Human Resource Management HRM 2102 : Human Resource Management 3
Business 107: Organizational Behavior MGT 2121 : Organizational Behavior 3
Business 108: Business Ethics BUS 2110 : Business Ethics 3
Business 109: Intro to Computing (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Business 110: Business Math MATH 1105 : Mathematics for Business 3
Business 111: Principles of Supervision HRM 2107 : Supervisory Management 3
Business 113: Business Communication BUS 2414 : Business Communications 3
Business 121: Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Course taken as General Elective) 2
Business 306: Strategic Human Resources Management HRM 2102 : Human Resource Management 3
Business 307: Leadership & Organizational Behavior MGT 2121 : Organizational Behavior 3
Business 308: Globalization & International Management IB 2100 : International Management 3
Business 309: Digital Marketing & Advertising MKT 2416 : Internet Marketing 3
Business 311: Project Management LDR 2460 : Project Management Fundamentals and Leadership 3
Business 312: Advanced Operations Management MGT 2124 : Operations Management 3
Business 314: Employment Law (Course taken as General Elective) 2
Business 315: Logistics & Supply Chain Management (Course taken as a Business Elective) 3
Communications 101: Public Speaking ENG 1400 : Introduction to Public Speaking 3
Economics 102: Macroeconomics ECO 2300 : Macroceonomics 3
Finance 101: Principles of Finance FIN 2404 : Fundamental of Finance 3
Finance 102: Personal Finance (Course taken as a General Elective) 3
Finance 104: Financial Management (Course taken as a General or Business Elective) 2
Hospitality 101: Introduction to Hospitality (Course taken as a General or Business Elective) 2
Hospitality 301: Hospitality Marketing (Course taken as a General Elective) 3
Hospitality 304: Hotel & Lodging Management & Operations (Course taken as a General or Business Elective) 2
Marketing 301: Marketing Research (Course taken as a General or Business Elective) 3
Study.com Course Code & Name California Southern University Course Code & Name Credits
English 101: English Literature ENG 1200 : American Literature 3
English 102: American Literature ENG 1200 : American Literature 3
English 103: Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (Course taken as a General Elective) 3
English 105: College Composition II ENG 1102 : English Composition II 3
English 305: Advanced Technical Writing ENG 1406 : Professional and Technical Writing 3
Study.com Course Code & Name California Southern University Course Code & Name Credits
Spanish 101: Beginning Spanish (Course taken as a Humanities Elective) 3
Spanish 102: Intermediate Spanish (Course taken as a General Elective) 2
Study.com Course Code & Name California Southern University Course Code & Name Credits
History 103: US History I SS 1103 : United States History to 1877 3
History 104: US History II SS 1104 : United States History 1877 to present 3
History 106: The Civil War and Reconstruction (Course taken as General Elective) 3
History 306: The American Civil War Era (Course taken as a General Elective) 3
History 308: Causes and Effects of the Vietnam War (Course taken as a General Elective) 3
Study.com Course Code & Name California Southern University Course Code & Name Credits
Humanities 101: Intro to the Humanities HU 1120 : Introduction to Humanities I 3
Religion 101: Intro to World Religions HU 1410 : World Religions 3
Study.com Course Code & Name California Southern University Course Code & Name Credits
Geometry 101: Intro to Geometry (Course taken as a General Elective) 3
Math 101: College Algebra MATH 1200 : Algebra 3
Math 102: College Mathematics MATH 1110 : College Mathematics 3
Math 103: Precalculus MATH 1115 : Pre-Calculus 3
Math 104: Calculus MATH 1215 : Calculus 3
Math 105: Precalculus Algebra (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Math 107: Quantitative Literacy (Course taken as a General Elective) 3
Statistics 101: Principles of Statistics BUS 2413 : Business Statistics 3
Study.com Course Code & Name California Southern University Course Code & Name Credits
Psychology 101: Intro to Psychology PSY 2300 : Introduction to Psychology 3
Psychology 102: Educational Psychology (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Psychology 103: Human Growth and Development PSY 2303 : Introduction to Human Development 3
Psychology 104: Social Psychology PSY 2400 : Introduction to Social Psychology 3
Psychology 105: Research Methods in Psychology PSY 2504 : Fundamentals of Research Methodology 3
Psychology 106: Abnormal Psychology PSY 2302 : Basic Abnormal Psychology 3
Psychology 107: Life Span Developmental Psychology (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Psychology 108: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Study.com Course Code & Name California Southern University Course Code & Name Credits
Biology 101: Intro to Biology NS 1105 : General Biology 3
Biology 102: Basic Genetics (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Biology 103: Microbiology (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Biology 105: Anatomy & Physiology (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Biology 106: Pathophysiology (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Chemistry 101: General Chemistry (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Earth Science 101: Earth Science (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Environmental Science 101: Environment and Humanity NS 1107 : Environmental Science 3
Genetics 101: Intro to Genetics (Course taken as a General Elective) 3
Geology 101: Physical Geology NS 1103 : Introduction to Geology 3
Health 101: Principles of Health NS 1106 : Health and Nutrition 3
Health 103: Medical Terminology (Course taken as General Elective) 2
Nutrition 101: Science of Nutrition (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Science 101: Intro to Natural Sciences (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Science 102: Principles of Physical Science (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Study.com Course Code & Name California Southern University Course Code & Name Credits
Criminal Justice 101: Intro to Criminal Justice LGL 2101 : Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
Education 101: Foundations of Education (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Education 106: Introduction to Early Childhood Education (Course taken as General Elective) 3
Geography 101: Human & Cultural Geography SS 1203 : Cultural Geography 3
Political Science 102: American Government SS 1102 : United States Government 3
Sociology 101: Intro to Sociology SS 1200 : Sociology 3
Sociology 103: Foundations of Gerontology (Course taken as a General Elective) 3

Credits are Semester credits

70% minimum grade required to transfer credit to California Southern University

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