Prepare to Teach with APU's Liberal Studies Major

APU’s Liberal Studies major equips future teachers and other professionals by integrating Common Core-aligned subject matter and service learning experiences with the application of a Christian worldview, exploring life vocation, promoting awareness of cultural diversity issues, and studying multiple curricula with emphasis in specific subject areas while fostering a holistic understanding of knowledge. In this Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, students participate in approximately 75 hours of teacher-oriented service learning field experience in differing districts, allowing students to gain experience in meeting the needs of diverse populations. Students then choose one of 11 concentrations that they wish to teach: art, English, math, music, physical education, psychology, science, social science, special education, French, or Spanish.

Students can complete half of their California teaching credential requirements in their senior year. Liberal studies majors leave APU prepared to make a difference in students’ lives.

Is This Major Right for You?

You’re a liberal studies major if you:

  • Enjoy working with children and young adults.
  • Enjoy explaining ideas and concepts to others.
  • Are creative and tend to think outside the box.
  • Wish to go on to a teacher credentialing program or other education-related professions.
  • Are invested in the welfare of future generations.

Learn more about this major.

My experience at APU has been enriching, insightful, and transformative. Each course helped me gain hands-on experience through service learning, guided me in developing my personal philosophy of teaching, and showed me practical ways to be a life-changing educator in my future classroom.

Stacy Kim ’10

Integrated Bachelor’s and Teaching Credential Program

Students in the Liberal Studies Major who are interested in teaching also have the option to earn a preliminary California teaching credential through APU’s Integrated Bachelor’s and Teaching Credential Program. In just four years, including one or two summers, you can complete both your bachelor’s degree and a teaching credential that pairs with your particular subject area. Service-learning projects, field experiences, and student teaching opportunities prepare you to start a career teaching in K-12 public schools. Learn more.

Note: This information is current for the 2017-18 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.