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Program Learning Objectives

Upon graduating, Liberal Studies students will:

  1. Examine the importance of the physical, social and cognitive development of children and their application to learning.
  2. Demonstrate subject matter competency in the following domains: Reading, Language and Literacy, History and Social Science, Mathematics, Science, Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education and Human Development.
  3. Examine and reflect on how knowledge is developed and organized through best teaching and learning practices specific to each domain, with a focus on metacognition.
  4. Demonstrate effective oral, written and interpersonal communication skills in a variety of contexts including the use of appropriate technology.
  5. Integrate the content of one discipline into another through the development of projects across subject matter areas.
  6. Synthesize information and integrate experiences that promote personal and professional growth in the field of education.
  7. Demonstrate engagement as an agent for change in diversity and inclusion using principles of social justice, equity and ethical practice.

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper-division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: Up to 4 units of credit/no credit grading may be selected for courses in Major, Support, or Concentration.

LS 201Orientation to Liberal Studies1
LS 211Visual Arts in the Elementary Classroom4
LS 214Constitutional Issues in the History of U.S. and California Education4
LS 230Field Experience in the Elementary Classroom I2
LS 250Field Experience in the Elementary Classroom II2
LS/ENGL 255Children's Literature in a Diverse Society (Lower-Division C Elective) 14
LS 301Liberal Studies Career Preparation1
LS 310Storytelling: Modern Applications of Traditional Narrative4
LS 370Performing Arts in the Elementary Classroom4
LS 411Advanced History/Social Sciences Integration for the K-8 Classroom4
or LS 412 Advanced Arts Integration for the K-8 Classroom
or LS 413 Advanced Science/Engineering Integration for the K-8 Classroom
LS 461Senior Project Seminar4
or LS 462 Senior Project Research
ASTR 101Introduction to the Solar System (B1) 14
BIO 111General Biology (B2 & B3) 14
BIO 211Biology of Plants and Animals4
ENGL 391Topics in Applied Linguistics4
GEOG 308Global Geography (Upper-Division D) 14
HIST 201United States History to 1865 (D1) 14
HIST 208Survey of California History (USCP)4
HIST 210World History to 1800 (D2) 1, 24
KINE 310Concepts and Applications in Elementary Physical Education3
HLTH 443Health Education for Teachers4
MATH 227Mathematics for Elementary Teaching I (B4) 14
MATH 328Mathematics for Elementary Teaching II4
MATH 329Mathematics for Elementary Teaching III4
MATH 330Algebraic Thinking with Technology4
PHIL 230Philosophical Classics: Knowledge and Reality (C2)4
or PHIL 231 Philosophical Classics: Ethics and Political Philosophy
PSC 101Matter and Energy (GE Electives) 14
PSC 102Atoms and Molecules4
PSC 103The Physical Environment: Earth4
PSY 201General Psychology (E) 14
or PSY 202 General Psychology
STAT 130Introduction to Statistical Reasoning 34
or STAT 217 Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods
Concentration, approved minor, or individualized course of study18-22
CD/EDUC 207Children's Learning and Development in Educational Settings4
EDUC 427Theories, Methods, and Assessment of First and Second Language Acquisition in Schools 44
EDUC 428Foundations of K-8 Literacy Teaching and Learning in Schools with Diverse Populations 44
(See GE program requirements below.)32
Free Electives 51-5
Total units180

Students may select one of the following concentrations or listed minors to count toward a concentration.


Individualized Course of Study

With department chair approval, students may select one of the minors listed below or pursue a course of study which meets their individual needs and interests; this must be initiated early and all courses must be pre-approved. The individualized course of study consists of 18-20 units with at least one course at the 300-400 level. Courses are selected by the student in consultation with an advising faculty member. The list of courses is a contract between the student and the department.

​Minors that can be taken to create an Individualized Course of Study

  • Ethnic Studies
  • Music
  • Spanish

When selecting one of these minors to create an ICS, students should be advised the concentration will appear on their official transcript as Individualized Course of Study. The minor must be declared separately with the minor department in order for it to appear on the official transcript.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 40 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • If any of the remaining 32 units is used to satisfy a Major or Support requirement, additional units of Free Electives may be needed to complete the total units required for the degree.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • A grade of C- or better is required in one course in each of the following GE Areas: A1 (Oral Communication), A2 (Written Communication), A3 (Critical Thinking), and B4 (Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning). 
Area AEnglish Language Communication and Critical Thinking
A1Oral Communication4
A2Written Communication4
A3Critical Thinking4
Area BScientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Physical Science (4 units in Major) 10
B2Life Science (4 units in Major) 10
B3One lab taken with either a B1 or B2 course
B4Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (4 units in Major) 10
Upper-Division B4
Area CArts and Humanities
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different subject prefixes.
C1Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theater4
C2Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English (4 units in Major) 10
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C2 (4 units in Major)0
Upper-Division C4
Area DSocial Sciences - Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
D1American Institutions (Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement) (4 units in Major) 10
D2Lower-Division D (4 units in Major plus 4 units in GE) 10
Upper-Division D (4 units in Major) 10
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
Lower-Division E (4 units in Major) 10
Area F Ethnic Studies
F Ethnic Studies4
GE Electives in Areas B, C, and D
Select courses from two different areas; may be lower-division or upper-division courses.
GE Electives (4 units in Major plus 4 units in GE) 14
Total units32

 Courses Needed for Multiple Subject Credential

EDUC 402Learning to Teach K-8 Health and Physical Education with Diverse Populations3
EDUC 429Learning to Teach K-8 Literacy in Schools with Diverse Populations4
EDUC 431Learning to Teach K-8 Social Studies with Diverse Populations4
EDUC 435Learning to Teach K-8 Mathematics with Diverse Populations4
EDUC 436Learning to Teach K-8 Science with Diverse Populations4
EDUC 438Multiple Subject Clinical Practice I4
EDUC 439Multiple Subject Clinical Practice Seminar I3
EDUC 440Educating Individuals with Exceptional Needs4
EDUC 450Teaching Performance Assessment Seminar1
EDUC 454Multiple Subject Clinical Practice II6
EDUC 455Multiple Subject Clinical Practice Seminar II3
EDUC 456Multiple Subject Clinical Practice III12
EDUC 457Multiple Subject Clinical Practice Seminar III3
Total units55