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The liberal studies minor is a multidisciplinary program that adds some foundational elements of K–8 subject-matter preparation and practical field experience to any student’s major course of study. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop a teaching philosophy and acquire basic subject-matter knowledge in five to seven different content areas with an understanding of diversity and culture in a classroom setting. This may provide some preparation for substitute teaching and lesson planning.

Students work closely with an advisor in both major and minor fields in order to create an organized on-campus study. Liberal studies minors must maintain a C or higher in all courses credited toward their minor. Note: The minor does not prepare the student for the subject-matter exam, currently CSET. Additional studying is required in order to pass the exam and move forward with obtaining a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

Course Requirements

Liberal Studies Minor Requirements22-23 units
Education7 units
EDLS 300
Introduction to Teaching as a Profession, K–12
- or -
EDLS 302
Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 7–12
Introduction to Teaching as a Profession, K–12 Lab
EDLS 405
Diversity in the Classroom**
Subject-matter Electives15-16 units
Select five of the following:
ART 310
Fundamental Art Experiences*
BIOL 400
Science and Children
ENGL 434
Children's Literature
MATH 201
Mathematics Concepts for Elementary Teachers
MUS 432
Music in the Elementary Schools
PE 450
Physical Education in Elementary Schools, K-6

*Meets a General Education core requirement.
**Meets the Upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.