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