Jul 19, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Preprofessional Study


Students who wish to prepare for professional study in engineering and the natural sciences, as well as the fields of law, librarianship, or medicine and health sciences will find specialized counseling and advisement at Cal State L.A. Such pre-professional advisement is separate from and in addition to major program advisement. Students are urged to consult current catalogs of professional schools available in the Reference Room of the Library for specific requirements, or to contact the advisement offices named below.

Health-Related Programs

Cal State L.A. offers a wide range of programs in health and health-related fields. These programs have a strong clinical and field placement component at several leading health care facilities and clinics in the metropolitan area to prepare graduates to enter the health field as professionals. Additional information is available from the Coordinator of Health-Related Programs, Biological Sciences 125, (323) 343-2035. Programs and the departments, divisions, and schools that offer them include:

Department or Division
Audiology Department of Communication Disorders   (323) 343-4690
Dietetics Department of Nutrition and Food Science   (323) 343-3505
Exercise and Human Performance School of Kinesiology    (323) 343-4650
Health Care Management Department of Management   (323) 343-2895
Health Science Department of Public Health   (323) 343-4740
Microbiology Department of Biological Sciences   (323) 343-2050
Nursing Patricia A. Chin School of Nursing   (323) 343-4700
Nutrition Department of Nutrition and Food Science   (323) 343-3505
Physical Education for Exceptional Individuals School of Kinesiology   (323) 343-4650
Physical Therapy Advising School of Kinesiology   (323) 343-4650
Health Preprofessions Health Professions Center (323) 343-4269
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Exercise School of Kinesiology   (323) 343-4650
Rehabilitation Counseling Division of Special Education and Counseling   (323) 343-4250
Social Work School of Social Work   (323)343-4680
Special Education Division of Special Education and Counseling   (323) 343-4400
Speech-Language Pathology Department of Communication Disorders   (323) 343-4690



Students considering a career in law may select from a broad range of majors. Law schools are interested in students’ knowledge of human institutions and values and their critical thinking, analytical writing and communication skills. There is no preferred major or course of study at the baccalaureate level. The major should be chosen based upon the student’s interest since a good academic record in a rigorous course of study is more important for admission to law school than the major. Students should be mindful that not everyone is accepted to an accredited law school. Thus, a consideration in selecting a major should be alternative career paths in the event that one is not admitted or changes career goals.

As part of the range of majors offered at Cal State L.A., most of which are acceptable for law school admission, there are four options that are specified as prelegal. They are:

Three additional choices are these minor programs:

  • Minor in Prelegal Studies; offered by the Department of Political Science;
  • Minor in Law and Society, offered by the Department of Sociology; and
  • Minor in Philosophy Prelaw, offered by the Department of Philosophy.


Prelaw students are expected to take the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT) in the fall semester of the year preceding their anticipated admission to law school. Application forms may be obtained during the Spring Semester in the Political Science department office. Students interested in a career in law, regardless of major, are encouraged to consult with any of these departments on the choice of major and expectations of law schools.

 Program Department  Phone 
  • The Business Prelegal option in the Business Administration, B.S. program
 Department of Finance, Law, and Real Estate    (323)343-2870
 Department of Political Science    (323)343-2230
 Department of Philosophy    (323)343-4180
 Department of Sociology    (323)343-2200




The field of librarianship provides careers with diverse opportunities and room for personal and professional growth. The information field is growing, and the work of librarians is expanding to keep pace. Every day librarians sift through clues, uncover facts, and help people weave knowledge from threads of information. A variety of majors across all the colleges of the university can prepare students to pursue a graduate program in Library Science.

Many libraries also have support and paraprofessional positions that do not require a library science degree but offer valuable experience for someone interested in pursuing work in libraries. For more information, write to Library Careers, ALA/OLPR, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611.


Physical Therapy

The School of Kinesiology (schoolkns@calstatela.edu, (323)-343-4650) may be contacted for advisement about undergraduate course work and other requirements for admission to graduate degree programs in physical therapy. Physical therapists evaluate, treat and educate people with the goal of restoring, maintaining, and improving their muscular strength, musculoskeletal flexibility, and neuromuscular coordination. They work in medical, health, and educational settings. Admission criteria usually include specified undergraduate course work completed with an acceptable grade point average, and a specified number of hours of paid or volunteer work in physical therapy settings. Students are urged to look closely at the particular admissions requirements of the colleges to which they plan to apply.

A complete listing of colleges and universities offering graduate degrees in physical therapy is available at the website of the American Physical Therapy Association www.apta.org, or write the organization at 111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; phone (703)-684-APTA.