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Requirements

Courses

The liberal studies major gives broad coverage in the liberal arts. A total of 117-125 units must be earned from the following areas: language/literature, mathematics, science, social sciences, humanities, visual/performing arts, physical education, human development, religion, and a subject concentration (depth of study). All 61 units of General Education requirements are met by completing the liberal studies major. Depending upon the subject concentration selected, students may enrich their program with one or more electives of their choice.

Those classes labeled "core" are considered the core of the Liberal Studies curriculum.

Liberal Studies Major Requirements117-125 units
Language/Literature23 units
COMM 111
Public Communication†
3
ENGL 110
Freshman Writing Seminar†
3
ENGL 111
Introduction to Literature*
3
ENGL 402
Principles of Language
3
ENGL 434
Children's Literature
3
Foreign Language4,4
Mathematics6 units
MATH 110
College Algebra†
3
MATH 201
Mathematics Concepts for Elementary Teachers, core
3
Science14 units
BIOL 101
Fundamentals of Biology*
4
BIOL 101L
Fundamentals of Biology Lab
0
BIOL 400
Science and Children, core
4
BIOL 400L
Science and Children Lab
0
PHYC 110
Principles of Physical Science (no lab)
3
PHYC 125
Earth Science Concepts and Applications (no lab)
3
History and Social Science18 units
HIST 120
World Civilizations to 1648*
3
HIST 121
World Civilizations Since 1648*
3
HIST 151
United States History to 1865*, core
3
HIST 152
United States History Since 1865*
3
HIST 210
World Geography
3
HIST 338
History of California
3
Philosophy3 units
PHIL 220
Introduction to Philosophy*
3
Visual/Performing Arts6 units
ART 310
Fundamental Art Experiences*, core
3
MUS 432
Music in the Elementary Schools, core
3
Physical Education6 units
PE 108-117
Fitness for Life†/^
1
PE 240
Health Education (F, S)†/^
2
PE 450
Physical Education in Elementary Schools, K-6, core
3
Human Development3 units
PSYC 290
Human Growth and Development*
3
Education11 units
EDLS 300
Introduction to Teaching as a Profession, K–12 (sophomore standing, lab included), core
4
Or
EDLS 302
Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 7–12
4
EDLS 405
Diversity in the Classroom**
3
EDLS 496
Senior Seminar: Education and Professional Ethics*, core
3
LDRS 101 not found in course database
Religion15 units
MIN 108
Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry*
3
UBBL 100
Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy*
3
UBBL 230
Luke/Acts*
3
Select one of the following:
UBBL 310
I and II Samuel*
3
UBBL 311
Hebrew Prophets I*
3
UBBL 312
Hebrew Prophets II
3
UBBL 320
Hebrew Poetical and Wisdom Literature*
3
UBBL 330
Life and Teachings of Jesus*
3
UBBL 340
Romans and Galatians*
3
UBBL 341
Thessalonian and Corinthian Epistles*
3
UBBL 343
The General Epistles*
3
UBBL 350
Geographical and Historical Setting of the Bible*
3
UBBL 460
Theology of the Old Testament*
3
UBBL 461
Theology of the New Testament*
3
Select one of the following:
THEO 303
Theology and the Christian Life*
3
THEO 352
Church History: Apostolic Era to 1517*
3
THEO 354
Church History from 1517 to Present*
3
THEO 363
Contemporary Christian Thought*
3
Concentrations12-20 units

*Meets a General Education core requirement.
**Meets the Upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.
†Meets a University Skills requirement.
^Taken concurrently

GPA Requirement

Core and concentration courses require a minimum of a C grade (2.0), however, please note that students must maintain an overall B average (3.0 GPA) in all core courses.

Portfolio

A portfolio is required for graduation consisting of samples from 10 courses related to education. Students are given the Portfolio Assessment of Subject-Matter Competence and Professional Growth requirements in their first semester during Academic Advising. All students, before graduation, must present their portfolio to their advisor at the time of their exit review.

Four-Year Plan

The minimum number of units required for graduation is 120. Transfer students should contact the Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education Office for appropriate advising and course requirements that may differ from the program below. Please see the Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Program Office for a four-year plan.

Graduate Teacher Education Courses

While qualified undergraduate students may take an unlimited number of graduate courses, a maximum of eight of those units earned as an undergraduate may be applied toward a master’s degree. Undergraduate students with unit availability during their last semester are advised to start their fifth-year credential and/or take units that will count toward their SMA.

Please contact the Office of Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education K-8 Program at (626) 387-5717 for details.

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.