Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - General Track (Pre-Credential)

Requirements (173 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

Basic Program (157)
Group A: Reading, Language, and Literature28
Group B: History and Social Science28
Group C: Mathematics18
Group D: Science22
Group E: Visual and Performing Arts13
Group F: Physical Eductation and Health10
Group G: Human Development10
Group H: Additional General Education (GE) Requirements20
Group I: Additional Liberal Studies Requirements8
Field of Concentration (16)
Group J: Concentration16
Total Units173

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

  1. Since the Liberal Studies program contains a variety of choices, students should seek advisement as early as possible at the Liberal Studies Peer Advising Center (PALS), CE-114;

  2. By completing the Liberal Studies program, students also can fulfill the general education requirements of the university;

  3. A course only can be counted once within the Liberal Studies program; for example, a course taken in the Concentration, category J, cannot be taken in a breadth area, categories A through I;

  4. The Liberal Studies, General Track program is designed especially for students who wish to enter elementary school teaching;

  5. Assessment is a required component of the Liberal Studies major and is found under category I. All entering freshmen must enroll in HUM 197 at the earliest possible date. After 90 units are completed, students must enroll in HUM 397. After 135 units are completed, students must enroll in HUM 597; in either of their last two quarters.
    Transfer students must enroll in HUM 197 during their first quarter if they have not had an equivalent course elsewhere, immediately followed by HUM 397. They will then take HUM 597 in either of their last two quarters;

  6. 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 should achieve a minimum GPA of at least 2.7.

Requirements for the B.A. in Liberal Studies - General Track (Program Code: LBST)

Group A: Reading, Language, and Literature

1. Freshman Composition (G.E.) (4)
Four units chosen from:4
Stretch Composition III
Stretch Composition III for Multilingual Students
Accelerated Stretch Composition II
Accelerated Stretch Composition II for Multilingual Students
Advanced First-Year Composition
2. Oral Communication (4)
COMM 120Oral Communication4
Language and Meaning: Oral Communication (open only to Honors Program students)
3. Lower division Literature (G.E.) (4)
Four units chosen from:4
World Literature I
World Literature II
World Drama
Studies in Literature
World Drama
Oral Interpretation of Literature
4. Upper division Writing (G.E.) (4)
Four units chosen from: *4
Expository Writing for Education
Expository Writing for English
Expository Writing for Honors (open only to Honors Program students)
Expository Writing for the Humanities
Expository Writing for Administration
Expository Writing for the Natural Sciences
Expository Writing for the Social Sciences
5. Analysis of Literature (4)
Four units chosen from:4
Analysis of Poetry
Analysis of Drama
Analysis of Prose Ficition
Analysis of Nonfiction Prose
Analysis of Drama
6. Linguistics (4)
ENG 311The English Language **4
7. Children's Literature (4)
ENG 320Childrens Literature4
or ENG 327 Literature for Adolescents and Young Adults
Total Units28

Group B: History and Social Science

1. World Civilization I (G.E.) (4)
ANTH 140World Civilizations I, the Rise of Civilization4
or HIST 140 World Civilizations I, the Rise of Civilization
2. World Civilization II (4)
HIST 142World Civilizations II, the Civilizations of the East and West4
3. American Civilization (G.E.) (4)
HIST 146American Civilization4
or HIST 200 United States History to 1877
4. American Government (G.E.) (4)
PSCI 203American Government4
5. California History (4)
HIST 270California History4
6. Economics (4)
ECON 311Economics in the Elementary and Middle School4
7. Geography (4)
GEOG 300Geography in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom4
Total Units28

Group C: Mathematics

1. Ideas of Mathematics (G.E.) (4)
MATH 115The Ideas of Mathematics4
2. Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics for Educators (12)
MATH 301AFundamental Concepts Mathematics Educators: Fundamental Concepts Arithmetic and Geometry4
MATH 301BFundamental Concepts Mathematics Educators: Transition Concrete to Abstract Algebra and Geometry4
MATH 301CFundamental Concepts Mathematics Educators: Further Developments in Algebra and Geometry4
3. Problem Solving in Mathematics (2)
MATH 308Problem Solving Through Theory and Practice2
Total Units18

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

Group D: Science

1. Life Sciences (G.E.) (5)
BIOL 100Topics in Biology5
2. Physical Science (G.E.) (10)
CHEM 100
PHYS 100
Chemistry in the Modern World
and Physics in the Modern World
3. Earth and Space Science (G.E.) (5)
Five units chosen from:5
A Cosmic Perspective of Earth
The Dynamic Earth
Earth: The Blue Planet
4. Technology (G.E.) (2)
CSE 129Science, Computing and Society2
Total Units22

Group E: Visual and Performing Arts

1. Art Appreciation (G.E.) (4)
Four units in the arts chosen from:4
Studies in Art
Studies in Music
Introduction to Theatre
2. Music Activity (3)
MUS 370Music for Elementary Classroom Teachers3
3. Theatre Activity (3)
Three units chosen from:3
Creative Drama in the Classroom
Readers Theatre in the Classroom
Puppetry in the Classroom
4. Visual Arts Activity (3)
ART 395Art in the Classroom3
or ART 400 Teaching Art in the Elementary Classroom
Total Units13

Group F: Physical Education and Health

1. Physical Education (G.E.) (2)
Two units chosen from:2
Individual and Dual Activities:
Physical Fitness and Conditioning Activities
Somatic and Martial Arts Activities:
Team Activities:
Aquatuc Activities:
A Fitness Odyssey
Independent Activity Project
Dance Activities:
2. Physical Fitness (G.E.) (2)
KINE 205Foundations for Lifetime Fitness and Wellness2
3. Movement Skills (4)
DAN 481Creative Dance in the Classroom4
or KINE 352 Movement for Children
4. Health (2)
HSCI 100Concepts in Health2
Total Units10

Note: Students must maintain a "C-" or better in this course.

Group G: Human Development

1. Child Development (6)
Students must choose 6 units from A or B below:6
Group A:
Introduction to Child Development *
Two units to be taken concurrently with or after HD 240 chosen from:
Observation and Methods in Child Development: Middle Childhood
Observation and Methods in Child Development: Adolescence
Group B:
Growth and Development in Socio-Educational Contexts *
2. Exceptional Child (4)
PSYC 350Development of Exceptional Children *4
Total Units10

Group H: Additional General Education Requirements

1. Critical Thinking (G.E.) (4)
Four units chosen from:4
Critical Thinking Through Argumentation
Language and Meaning: Critical Thinking (open only to Honors Program students)
Critical Thinking Through Applications of Mathematical Logic
Critical Thinking Through Argument Analysis
Critical Thinking Through Symbolic Logic
Critical Thinking Through Problems Analysis
Critical Thinking about Social Problems
2. Philosophy (G.E.) (4)
Four units chosen from:4
Language and Meaning: Introduction to Philosophy (open only to Honors Program students)
Introduction to Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Eastern Philosophy
Introduction to Knowledge and Reality
3. Foreign Language (G.E.) (4)
Four units chosen from:4
College Arabic III
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
Intermediate Arabic III
Conversation in Arabic
American Sign Language III
American Sign Language IV
American Sign Language V
American Sign Language VI
College Chinese III
Second Year College Chinese I
Second Year College Chinese II
Second Year College Chinese III
Language Study III:
College French III
Culture and Communication
Culture and Communication II
Culture and Communication III
College German III
Introduction to Literary Texts
College Japanese III
Second Year College Japanese I
Second Year College Japanese II
Second Year College Japanese III
College Korean III
Second Year College Korean I
Second Year College Korean II
Second Year College Korean III
College Spanish III *
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish III
4. Integrative Capstone in the Humanities (G.E.) (4)
Four units chosen from:4
Myth, Metaphor and Symbol
Perspectives on Gender **
Asian Cultural Traditions **
Arts and Ideas
The Origin and Contemporary Role of Latino Culture **
Interpretation and Values
Ideas in American Culture
The Cultures of American Childhood **
African Heritage in the Arts **
The World of Islam **
Comparative Studies in the Arts: East and West **
A Cultural History of Fashion
5. Integrative Capstone in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (G.E.) (4)
Four units chosen from:4
Nonwestern World
Contemporary Latin America
Cultural Adaptation: The Quest for Survival
Race and Racism **
Understanding Capitalism
Urbanization and the Urban Environment
Perspectives on Gender **
Religious Expression in America
Roots of Modern Racism in America **
Total Units20

Group I: Additional Liberal Studies Requirements

1. Assessment (4)
HUM 197Assessment Preparation I in Liberal Studies *1
HUM 397Assessment Preparation II in Liberal Studies1
HUM 597Senior Assessment in Liberal Studies **2
2. Classroom Experiences (4)
EELB 230Introduction to Education4
Total Units8

Group J: Concentration

The concentration requires a minimum of 16 units. However, two of those units may be a course required of all Liberal Studies majors. Concentrations noted with an (*) are in areas that do not meet this rule and will require 18 units minimum of specific coursework. Students should get a list of courses approved for use or required in concentration from the Liberal Studies Office or at the website Liberal Studies website concentrations:

  • Anthropology *
  • Art
  • Art, Music and Theatre for Teachers
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies*
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • French*
  • Gender/Sexuality Studies
  • Geography
  • Geology*
  • German*
  • Health Science for Teachers
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Kinesiology (no activity courses)
  • Latin American Studies*
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology*
  • Spanish*
  • Special Education
  • Theatre Arts