American Institutions Requirement
Note: The information on this page applies only to the US History section of the American Institutions (AI) requirement. For information about the Political Science section, please contact CPP’s Department of Political Science. For more information about GE at CPP, click here (http://catalog.cpp.edu/content.php?catoid=9&navoid=1163)
Q: What is the American Institutions requirement?
A: The American Institutions requirement is based on the principle that a U.S. resident graduated from an American university should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States. This requirement was put in place by the State of California and is laid out in California State University Executive Order 1061 (http://www.calstate.edu/eo/eo-1061.html), which superseded CSU Executive Order 405 (http://www.calstate.edu/eo/eo-405.pdf) The original mandate appears in the State Education Code Title V, Section 40404.
Q: How many classes do I need to take to satisfy the US History section of this requirement?
A: You need to take one (1) of the following classes and receive a passing grade in order to satisfy the US History section of the American Institutions requirement.
Option one is HST 202, United States History from Reconstruction to the Present. HST 202 is taught multiple times each quarter and in summer. HST 202 also satisfies Area D1a of General Education.
Option two is HST 340, History of American Institutions and Ideals, 1877-present. HST 340 satisfies both GE Area C4 and the American Institutions requirement.
Option three is HST 201, United States History to 1877. HST 201 satisfies GE Area D2 and may be petitioned to satisfy the American Institutions requirement.
Please note: These are only three classes at CPP that have been approved as meeting the standards for satisfying the US History section of the American Institutions requirement. The History Department cannot deviate from this.
Q: Is the American Institutions US History section requirement the same the CPP’s American Cultural Perspectives requirement?
A: No. For a list of courses that satisfy the American Cultural Perspectives requirement click here: (http://catalog.cpp.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=9&poid=2484&hl=%22American+Cultural+Perspectives+requirement+%22&returnto=search)
Q: I took the AP American History exam in high school. Does that exempt me from the US History section of American Institutions?
A: Possibly. If your score on the AP American History exam earned you credit for CPP’s HST 202, that course automatically satisfies the American Institutions requirement as well (see above). Check your Degree Progress Report on BroncoDirect.
Q: I want to complete the American Institutions US History requirement before I arrive at CPP. Can I do so at a community college?
A: Yes. But not all US History classes will meet CPP’s US History American Institutions requirement. Check on www.assist.org or with the CPP History Department.
Q: I came to CPP GE certified. Doesn’t that mean the US History part of the American Institutions requirement has also been satisfied?
A: Not necessarily. The requirements for GE and for American Institutions are independent of one another.
Q: At a different CSU campus I took a History class that was approved for the US History part of the American Institutions requirement at that campus. But CPP won’t give me American Institutions credit for it. Why?
A: American Institutions approved US History classes are specific to each CSU campus. AI courses transferred from other CSUs may not appear in the Bronco Direct records if the campus does not have an articulation agreement in the system. In such cases, students should have the course evaluated by the History Department. Each course will be considered on a case by case basis.
Q: I’ve read all the FAQ here and I still want to see if I can get American Institutions US History credit for a class I’ve taken. How do I do that?
A: You must come to the CPP History Department office and complete a Course Substitution form. Be sure to bring with you a syllabus, course description, or anything else that provides details about the content of the course you took. Each petition will be considered on a case by case basis.
Q: I took a class at a different school that covered all of US History is one quarter/semester. Does that satisfy American Institutions’ US History requirement?
A: No. At CPP an American Institutions course needs to cover a period of US History in depth in order to meet requirements agreed to between CPP and the State of California. A single course that compresses all of US History into one quarter/semester does not qualify.
Q: I took a class about a specific racial, ethnic, or gender group/subtopic in US History (Women’s History; Asian American History, US History through Film, etc.). Can I get American Institutions credit for it?
A: Possibly. Here at CPP it must be a US History survey course that meets all the required topics and themes as defined by CSU Chancellor’s Office. In such cases, students should have the course evaluated by the History Department.
Q: According to assist.org I took the right class to satisfy the US History part of the American Institutions requirement at CPP. But it’s not showing up correctly on my Degree Progress Report. Can CPP help me fix this?A: Yes. The advisors in your college should be able to assist you with this. Otherwise you may choose to visit the History Department with a syllabus and/or course description of what you took. Assuming the course you took did indeed meet the US History part of the American Institutions requirement, your Degree Progress Report can be corrected through a petition.