Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Please consult the Liberal Studies Programs Coordinator to learn which courses fulfill multiple graduation requirements. 

Basic Program (97-111)97-111
Group A: Reading, Language, and Literature
Group B: History and Social Science
Group C: Mathematics
Group D: Science
Group E: Visual and Performing Arts
Group F: Physical Education and Health
Group G: Human Development
Group H: Additional General Education (GE) Requirements
Group I: Additional Liberal Studies Requirements
Concentration (12-35)12-35
Group J: General Concentration (12-21 units)
Group J: Spanish Studies Concentration (13 units)
Group J: Integrated (credential) Concentration (35 units)
Total Units109-146

All Liberal Studies students should give special attention to the following points before they begin their course work:

  1. Since Liberal Studies contains a variety of programs, students should seek consultation as early as possible in the Liberal Studies Office in CE-114.

  2. By completing a Liberal Studies General Program, students also fulfill the general education requirements of the university.

  3. Grades in lower division courses (2999 and below) must be a "C-" or better
  4. Grades in upper divisions courses (3000 and above) must be a "C" or better.
  5. Some courses can be counted towards multiple requisites so be sure to consult with PALS upon admission and frequently thereafter - ideally, at least once a semester.
  6. Assessments are a required component of the Liberal Studies - General Program and are found under category IAll entering freshmen and transfer students must enroll in CAL 2970 during one of their first two semesters of enrollment at CSUSB. Students must enroll in CAL 4970 or CAL 5970 in either of their last two semesters before graduation.

  7. All graduating Liberal Studies students must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 ("C"). Students who plan to seek their Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at CSUSB must achieve a minimum GPA of at least 2.67.

Total units (109-118)

Units to graduation: 120

Total units Integrated (credential) Concentration (131-146)

Requirements for the B.A. in Liberal Studies

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Group A: Reading, Language, and Literature (18 units)

Freshman Composition (G.E.) (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Stretch Composition II
Stretch Composition II for Multilingual Students
First-Year Composition
First-Year Composition for Multilingual Students
Writing Rhetorically
Oral Communication (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Oral Communication
Communicating Orally
Lower Division Literature (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Speculative Fiction: Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy
Multi-Ethnic American Literature
Diversity Literature and Social Justice
Studies in Literature and Creative Writing
The Function of Stories
World Drama
Oral Interpretation of Literature
Analysis of Literature (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Analysis of Poetry and Drama
Analysis of Fiction and Nonfiction Prose
Chicana/o Literature (Spanish Studies Concentration Only)
Caribbean Literature (Spanish Studies Concentration Only)
Philosophical Questions in Literature
Dramatic Analysis and Playwriting for Teachers
Linguistics (3)
ENG 3110Introduction to Linguistics 13
Children's Literature (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Literature for Children and Young Adults
Philosophical Questions in Literature *
Theatre for Youth: History and Literature
Total Units18

Group B: History and Social Science (18 units)

World Civilization I (G.E.) (3)
Three units chosen from:3
World History to c. 1500
World History to c. 1500
World Civilization II (3)
HIST 1440World History from c. 15003
American Civilization (G.E.) (3)
Three units chosen from:3
History of the United States: Pre-Colonization to Present
Honors History of the United States: Pre-Colonization to Present
American Government (G.E.) (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Government of the United States
Government of the United States--Honors
California History & Economics (3)
Three units chosen from:3
California History
Economics in the Elementary and Middle School
Geography (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Geography in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom
Environmental Inquiry and Education **
Total Units18

Group C: Mathematics (12 units)

Ideas of Mathematics (G.E.) (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Introduction to Statistical Thinking
Stretch Introduction to Statistical Thinking B
Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics for Educators (9)
MATH 3011Mathematical Concepts and Problem Solving for Educators I3
MATH 3012Mathematical Concepts and Problem Solving for Educators II3
MATH 3013 Mathematical Concepts and Problem Solving for Educators III 3
*Recommended, but not required: (0)
Number Sense Lab for Educators
Proportional Reasoning Lab for Educators
Algebra and Geometry Lab for Educators
Total Units12

Note: All MATH courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better.

Group D: Science (16-19 units)

Life Sciences (G.E.) (4)
Completion of four units chosen from Option A or Option B:4
Option A
Biology for Teachers
or
Option B
Introduction to Biology
and
Introduction to Biology Lab
Physical Science (G.E.) and Earth and Space Science (12-15)
Completion of Option A or Option B:12-15
Option A (12 units)
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory
Data Analysis Laboratory Using Spreadsheets
(CHEM 1000L must be taken concurrently with CHEM 1000. CSE 1110L does not need to be taken concurrently with CHEM 1000.)
Physics and Astronomy in the Classroom
Earth: The Blue Planet
Environmental Inquiry and Education
or
Option B (15 units)
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory
Data Analysis Laboratory Using Spreadsheets
(CHEM 1000L must be taken concurrently with CHEM 1000. CSE 1110L does not need to be taken concurrently with CHEM 1000.)
Physics in the Modern World
Physics in the Modern World Lab
Life in the Cosmos
Earth: The Blue Planet
Environmental Inquiry and Education
Total Units16-19

Group E: Visual and Performing Arts (14-15 units)

Dance Standards (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Creative Movement in the Classroom ***
Arts in Action: Dance
Media Arts Standards (2-3)
One course chosen from:2-3
3D Foundation: Form, Space & Time
Creative Technology for Artists
Creativity, Imagination, and the Consciousness
Beginning Imaging and Illustration
Beginning Photography
Art and Activism
Innovator's ToolBox - An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving and Design Thinking.
Video Art
Leadership and Engagement in the Arts
Art Writing
Critical Media Literacies: News, Entertainment, and Participatory Culture
Newswriting and Reporting
Television Studio Production
Practicum in Multimedia Journalism: Coyote Chronicle
Practicum in Digital Audio and Radio: Coyote Radio
Multimedia Journalism
Literary Production I
Literary Production II
Creating digital Media Using Personal Electronic Technology
Music Standards (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Music in the Elementary Schools
Teaching Music in Secondary Schools
Arts in Action: Music
Theatre Arts Standards (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Improvisation
TA 4320# Touring Theatre for Youth
Arts in Action: Theatre
Drama in Education
TA 4486# Puppetry in Education
Puppetry
Theatre in the Classroom
Visual Arts Standards (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Art in the Classroom
Art and Social Action: Critical and Pedagogical Theories
Arts in Action: Visual Art
Methodologies in Art Education
Total Units14-15

Group F: Physical Education and Health (3-5 units)

Completion of Option A or Option B:3-5
Option A
Movement for Children
or
Option B
Creative Movement in the Classroom ***
and
Concepts in Health
Total Units3-5

Group G: Human Development (6-9 units)

Child Development (3-6)
Completion of Option A, Option B or Option C:3-6
Option A
Growth and Development in Socio-Educational Contexts
or
Option B
Introduction to Child Development
AND three units to be taken concurrently with or the semester immediately after CD 2240 chosen from:
Observation and Methods: School Age Development
Observational Methods and Data Collection in School Contexts
or
Option C
Child Language and Literacy Development
Completion of either Option A or Option B is required for admission into CSUSB's credentialing program
Exceptional Child (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Development of Exceptional Children
Introduction to Special Populations for General Education Teachers
Total Units6-9

Group H: Additional General Education Requirements (9 units)

Critical Thinking (G.E.) (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Critical Thinking Through Argumentation
Critical Thinking Through Argument Analysis
Critical Thinking Through Symbolic Logic
Philosophy in the World
Critical Thinking Through Computer Programming
Critical Thinking Through Applications of Mathematical Logic
Critical Thinking in Everyday Life
Critical Thinking about Social Issues
Thinking Critically
World Languages and Literature OR International Immersion Experience (G.E.) (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Students pursuing the Spanish Studies Concentration must choose one of the following CAL 5763, CAL 5823, SPAN 1112 or SPAN 2900
American Sign Language II
Beginning Arabic 2
Arabic Literature in Translation
International Experience: Latin American Studies
International Experience: Asian Studies
International Experience: European Studies
International Experience: African Studies
College Chinese II
Chinese Literature in Translation
English Study Abroad
Beginning French 2
French Literature in English
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
Beginning Japanese II
Japanese Literature in English
Study Abroad in Japan
Study Abroad in Japan
Study Abroad in Japan
Beginning Korean 2
Korean Literature in English
College Spanish 2 1
Spanish Literature and Film in English
Language Study II: Cahuilla
Language Study II: Luiseño
Language Study II: Portuguese
Language Study II: Serrano
Upper Division Social Science (G.E.) (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Gendered Worlds: Power, Difference, and & In/equality
Digital Media and Society
Global Governance and the United Nations System
Feminist Theory
Queer Theory
Social Sciences and Natural Sciences
Social Science and the Humanities
Society, Business, & Global Governance
The African American Family
The Latino Experience in the U.S.
Global Issues and Perspectives
Global Issues and Perspectives
Revolutions and Revolutionary Ideas
Revolutions and Revolutionary Ideas
Race and Racism
Perspectives on Gender
Understanding Capitalism
Climate Change
Total Units9

Group I: Additional Liberal Studies Requirements (6 units)

Assessment (4)
CAL 2970Liberal Studies: Introduction and Assessment Preparation2
CAL 4970 Liberal Studies: Non-Integrated Senior Assessment 32
or CAL 5970 Liberal Studies: Integrated Senior Assessment
Classroom Experiences (2)
EDMS 2301Introduction to Education 2
Total Units6

Concentrations (12-35 units)

General Concentration (12-21 units)

The Liberal Studies General Program is designed especially for students who wish to enter K-8 school teaching.

Arabic Specialty (12 units)

6 units chosen from6
Arab Culture, Media and Identity
Explorations of Arabic Literary Texts
Spoken Arabic
Introduction to Arabic Linguistics
And 6 units chosen from6
Introduction to Arabic Translation
Explorations in Arabic Media
Advanced Arabic for Professional Communication
Female Voices in Arab American Literature
Advanced Readings in Arabic
Arabic Pedagogy
Voices and Visions from the Arab World
Total Units12

*Art History Specialty (15 units)

AH 1222Art History Foundations 23
AH 1103Art History Methodologies 13
or AH 1104 Art History Methodologies 2
AH 3210Visualizing Gender, Performing Identity 3
AH 3250Topics and Themes of Art History and Exhibitions3
AH 4250Art History Seminar 3
Total Units15

Art Service Learning Specialty (12 units)

12 units chosen from12
Arts in Action: Visual Art
Art and Human Development
Leadership and Engagement in the Arts
Community-based Art Practicum
Arts in Corrections Practicum
Total Units12

Communication Specialty (12 units)

COMM 2101Introduction to Communication Studies3
COMM 3101Communication, Self, and Others3
COMM 3102Media, Culture, and Society3
COMM 4102Ethical Aspects of Communication3
Total Units12

English Creative Writing Specialty (12 units)

Twelve units chosen from any ENG Creative Writing course 3000 or above, not taken to fulfill any degree requirement elsewhere in Groups A-H.

English Linguistics Specialty (12 units)

Twelve units chosen from any ENG Linguistic course 3000 or above, not taken to fulfill any degree requirement elsewhere in Groups A-H.

English Literature Specialty (12 units)

Twelve units chosen from any ENG Literature course 3000 or above, not taken to fulfill any degree requirement elsewhere in Groups A-H.

English Rhetoric and Composition Specialty (12 units)

Twelve units chosen from any ENG Rhetoric or Composition course 3000 or above, not taken to fulfill any degree requirement elsewhere in Groups A-H.

French Specialty (12 units)

Courses numbered 2111 or above (except 2900 and 3900) are allowable, the following are suggested courses12
Introduction to the Francophone World
Introduction to French Media
Introduction to Reading & Interpretation
Enhancing Your French
French Conversation Lab
French Phonetics
Total Units12

*Interdisciplinary Fine Arts Specialty (21 units)

Must take
ART 2395Art in the Classroom3
ART 4450Arts in Action: Visual Art3
or MUS 4455 Arts in Action: Music
or TA 4450 Arts in Action: Theatre
or TA 4451 Arts in Action: Dance
MUS 4100Music in the Elementary Schools3
TA 3410Theatre in the Classroom3
TA 4440Creative Movement in the Classroom3
3 units chosen from3
Methodologies in Art Education
Teaching Music in Secondary Schools
Scenic Crafts
Drama in Education
Puppetry
Or additional Arts in Action course not chosen above
Arts in Action: Visual Art
Arts in Action: Music
Arts in Action: Theatre
Arts in Action: Dance
Will also count for Lower Division Literature in Group A.
TA 1160World Drama3
or TA 2612 Oral Interpretation of Literature
Total Units21

*Japanese Specialty (14 units)

6 units chosen from6
Japanese Communication
Japanese Media
Business Japanese
Japanese Literature
2 units chosen from2
Japanese Conversation Lab
Japanese Writing Lab
6 units chosen from6
Japanese Calligraphy
Analysis of Japanese Culture through Film
Total Units14

*Philosophy Specialty (15 units)

PHIL 1010Introduction to Philosophical Problems3
PHIL 2100Critical Thinking Through Symbolic Logic3
PHIL 3001Philosophy in the World3
3 units chosen from3
Ancient Philosophy
Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
3 units chosen from3
Early Modern Philosophy
Theory of Knowledge
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Language
Total Units15

Spanish Specialty (12 units)

SPAN 3301Advanced Spanish Language and Composition3
SPAN 3303Introduction to Literature in Spanish Speaking World3
SPAN 3305Applied Spanish Grammar 3
Three units chosen from:3
Cultures of Spain
Cultures of Spanish America
Total Units12

Theatre Education Specialty (12 units)

3 units chosen from3
Improvisation
Makeup for Stage and Screen
Fundamentals of Stage Design
Acting for All Majors
Introduction to Theatre
3 units chosen from3
Dramatic Analysis and Playwriting for Teachers
Theatre for Youth: History and Literature
Playwriting
3 units chosen from3
Theatre in the Classroom
Scenic Crafts
Drama in Education
Puppetry
Creative Movement in the Classroom
3 units chosen from3
Arts in Action: Theatre
Arts in Action: Dance
Total Units12

Gender and Sexuality Studies Specialty (12 units)

6 units chosen from6
Introduction to Women's Studies
Introduction to Masculinity Studies
Introduction to Transgender Studies
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
6 units chosen from6
Feminist Theory
Women as Agents of Social Change
Queer Theory
Total Units12

Pedagogical Studies Specialty (12 units)

This concentration is only available to those students who have been previously admitted to CSUSB's credentialing program

12 units chosen from12
Psychological Foundations of Education
Language Arts Teaching and Learning
Language Arts Teaching and Learning in Bilingual Settings
Pedagogical Foundations for Teaching English Learners
Creating Supportive and Engaging Learning Environments
Mathematics Teaching and Learning
Social Studies and the Arts Teaching and Learning
Social Studies and the Arts Teaching and Learning in Bilingual Settings
Technology and Instructional Practices for Educators
Education, Diversity and Social Justice
Total Units12

Special Education Specialty (12 units)

ESPE 3350Introduction to Special Populations for General Education Teachers3
ESPE 5514Language Development in Diverse Learners3
ESPE 5530Introduction to Special Education3
ESPE 5531Methods and Procedures in Special Education3
Total Units12

*Biology Specialty (14+ units)

Courses for the Biology Concentration can be chosen from any listed in the bulletin with the exception of BIOL 1000, BIOL 1010, courses used to fulfill GE categories, and BIOL 3091 and BIOL 3092.

The following are recommended
CHEM 2100General Chemistry I4
BIOL 2010Principles of Biology I5
BIOL 2020Principles of Biology II5
Total Units14

Chemistry Specialty (12 units)

CHEM 2050Survey of General Chemistry3
CHEM 2050LSurvey of General Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 2060Survey of Organic and Biochemistry4
CHEM 2060LSurvey of Organic and Biochemistry Lab1
3 units chosen from3
History of Science and Technology
Chemistry and the Environment
Total Units12

*Computer Science and Engineering Specialty (14 units)

CSE 1100Critical Thinking Through Computer Programming3
CSE 1250Programming Basics4
CSE 2010Computer Science I4
CSE 4880Ethics Senior Seminar3
Total Units14

*Geology Specialty (14-15 units)

GEOL 3090Earth: The Blue Planet4
GEOL 2000Interpreting Earth Systems History: Stories from an Ancient Planet4
GEOL 2500Geology of California3
3-4 units chosen from3-4
Plate Tectonics: Key to Understanding Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tsunami
Water in the West
Natural Disasters
History of Life on Earth
Energy and the Environment
Introduction to Geologic Mapping
Sedimentary Geology: Principles and Applications
Groundwater Hydrology
Total Units14-15

Kinesiology (Physical Education) Specialty (12 units)

9 units chosen from9
Orientation to Kinesiology
Teaching/Coaching Principles for Dance
Teaching/Coaching Principles for Gymnastics
Teaching/Coaching Principles for Swimming
KINE 2620Teaching/Coaching Principles for Combative/Fitness Activity3
Teaching/Coaching Principles for Individual/Dual Sport
Teaching/Coaching Principles for Team Sports
Psychology and Sociology of Human Movement
Physical Activity and Aging
Sport and Exercise Nutrition
Motor Learning and Control
Program Design in Physical Education
Instructional Strategies in Physical Education
Total Units12

Mathematics Specialty (12 units)

Any math course applicable to a BS in Mathematics, Teaching Track that is not required within the Liberal Studies Program may be used in the Concentration.

12 units chosen from12
Modeling with Functions
Accelerated Preparation for Calculus
Modeling with Calculus
Statistics with Applications
Discrete Mathematics
Problem Solving and Mathematical Reasoning for Teachers I
Total Units12

*Physics Specialty (13-14 units)

PHYS 2000Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 2000LIntroduction to Physics I Lab1
PHYS 2010Introduction to Physics II4
PHYS 2010LIntroduction to Physics II Lab1
Choose one of the following3-4
Introduction to Planetary Astronomy
Lab optional
Introduction to Planetary Astronomy Lab
Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology
Lab optional
Introduction to Galaxies and Cosmology Lab
Total Units13-14

Geographic Information Systems Specialty (12 units)

GEOG 2250Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography4
GEOG 3710Advanced Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 4880Remote Sensing of the Environment4
Total Units12

Geography Specialty (12 units)

GEOG 3020Social Geography3
GEOG 3040Urban Geography3
GEOG 3050Economic Geography3
3 units chosen from3
Geography of California
Emerging World Regions
Advanced World Regions
Total Units12

*Entrepreneurship Specialty (15 units)

ENTR 3000Entrepreneurship and Innovation3
ENTR 4420Small Business Management3
ENTR 5430Ideation and Creative Problem Solving3
ENTR 5440Developing the New Venture3
ENTR 5980Reflective Essay0
TA 3141The Improvisational Mind3
Total Units15

Integrated Concentration (Credential) (35 units)

The Liberal Studies Integrated Program is designed specifically for students who wish to enter K-8 teaching AND who want to save time by working on credential preparation along with their B.A. degree.

Phase I Credentialing

EDMS 4100Psychological Foundations of Education 3
EDMS 4101ALanguage Arts Teaching and Learning3
or EDMS 4101B Language Arts Teaching and Learning in Bilingual Settings
EDMS 4102Pedagogical Foundations for Teaching English Learners3
EDMS 4103Creating Supportive and Engaging Learning Environments 2
EDMS 4107ASupervised Student Teaching in Multiple Subject3
EDMS 4110Assessment Seminar: CalTPA Cycle3
EDMS 5104Mathematics Teaching and Learning 3
Total Units20

Phase II Credentialing

EDMS 4107BSupervised Student Teaching in Multiple Subject II 3
EDMS 4111Assessment Seminar: CalTPA Cycle 22
EDMS 5105Science Teaching and Learning3
EDMS 5106ASocial Studies and the Arts Teaching and Learning 3
or EDMS 5106B Social Studies and the Arts Teaching and Learning in Bilingual Settings
EMAT 5100Technology and Instructional Practices for Educators1
EMAT 5101Education, Diversity and Social Justice 3
Total Units15

Spanish Studies Concentration (13 units)

A multiple-subject credential candidate can pursue a Spanish Studies Concentration within the Liberal Studies major. This concentration is especially designed for those students interested in teaching English as a second language to children whose first language is Spanish. This concentration also prepares students to work in a bilingual/Spanish classroom setting.

SPAN 3305Applied Spanish Grammar 3
4 units chosen from4
Advanced Spanish Language and Composition
Advanced Spanish Language and Composition Writing Lab
or
Spanish for the Professions
Spanish for the Professions Activity
6 units chose from (at least 3 units must be 3000-level or higher)6
Anthropology of Childhood
Cultures of Mexico and Central America
Anthropology of South America
Case Studies in Linguistic Anthropology
Chicanx Art
Introduction to Chicanx Art
Latinx Border Identity: A Transmedia Perspective
International Experience: Latin American Studies
International Experience: European Studies
Latinx, Media, and Cultures
US-Mexico Border Region
California Indian History
History of Modern Mexico
Chicana/o History
Modern Central America
Foreign Relations of Latin America
Latin American History Through Film
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
Chicana/Mexicana Feminisms
History of the U.S. - Mexico Borderlands
Managing Across Borders
Latin American Music
Latino Communities, Wellness, and Life Skills
The Latino Family
The Latino Experience in the U.S.
Sociology of Migration
Citizenship, Status, and Inequality
Intermediate Spanish 2nd. Semester
Intermediate Healthcare Spanish II
Any 3000+ SPAN course not taken elsewhere to fulfill degree requirements.
Total Units13