Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

BA in Liberal Arts represents a broad, interdisciplinary approach to earning a higher education degree. BA in Liberal Arts is designed for students, who might not necessarily desire a career in education, to obtain a multidisciplinary degree that is transferable to many of the needs of the twenty-first century.

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

  1. Grades in lower division courses (2999 and below) must be a "C-" or better

  2. Grades in upper divisions courses (3000 and above) must be a "C" or better.
  3. Some courses can be counted towards multiple requisites so, upon admission and frequently thereafter, be sure to seek consultation in the Liberal Studies Office (CE-114). Ideally, consultation should be obtained at least once a semester.
  4. Assessments are a required component of the BA in Liberal Arts and are found under category IAll entering freshmen and transfer students must enroll in CAL 2970 during one of the first two semesters of enrollment at CSUSB. Students must enroll in CAL 4970 in either of their last two semesters before graduation.

All graduating BA in Liberal Arts students must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0 ("C").

Requirements (46 units)

Total units for graduation: 120

Requirements for the B.A. in Liberal Arts 

Applied and Acquired Skills, Experience, and Service Requirements (12)
Multimodal Approaches to Communication
One course selected from:3
American Sign Language II
Beginning Arabic 2
Arabic Communication
Arabic for Professional Communication
Arab Culture, Media and Identity
Explorations in Arabic Media
Language of Art
Introduction to Drawing and Life Drawing
Beginning Imaging and Illustration
Beginning Photography
From Teaching Artists to Social Practice: A History
Beginning Painting
Beginning Ceramics
Beginning Glass
Beginning Sculpture
Visualizing Gender, Performing Identity
Intermediate Imaging and Illustration
Intermediate Photography
Intermediate Painting
Intermediate Ceramics
Intermediate Glass
Intermediate Sculpture
Art History Foundations 1
Art History Foundations 2
Topics and Themes of Art History and Exhibitions
College Chinese II
Chinese Culture Through Film
Chinese Calligraphy
Business Chinese
Communicating Compassion and Love
Looking at Movies
Intercultural Communication
Small Group Communication
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Practicum in Strategic Communication: Coyote PR
Practicum in Advertising: Coyote Advertising
Practicum in Television Journalism Production: Local Matters
Business and Professional Communication
Topics in Relational and Organizational Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Digital Media and Society
Visual Communication
Publication Design
Topics in Multimedia Journalism
Introduction to Strategic Communication
Business Literacy for Strategic Communication
Writing for Public Relations
Ethical Aspects of Communication
Writing in the Public Sphere
Introduction to Creative Writing Studies
Writing as Academic Inquiry
Theories of Public and Professional Writing
Introduction to Linguistics
Language, Thought, and Culture
Child Language and Literacy Development
Second Language Acquisition
Writing for Performance
Studies in Writing
Studies in Rhetoric
Poetry Writing Workshop
Fiction Writing Workshop
Advanced Creative Writing in Specialized Genres
Literary Production I
Literary Production II
Writing in Economics
Beginning French 2
Introduction to French Media
From Cannes to Cameroon: Francophone Cinema and Culture
Introduction to Professional Development and Communication
Advanced Professional Writing in Public Health
Beginning Japanese II
Japanese Calligraphy
Analysis of Japanese Culture through Film
Japanese Communication
Japanese Media
Business Japanese
Voices & Visions from the World of Japanese Anime and Manga
Beginning Korean 2
Business Korean
Marketing Communications
Applied Communication
LGBTQ+ Influences in Music
Vocal Music Literature
Instrumental Music Literature
Creating digital Media Using Personal Electronic Technology
Performance Literature
Music in the Elementary Schools
Teaching Music in Secondary Schools
Composition for Films and Television
Critical Thinking Through Symbolic Logic
Philosophy of Language
Topics in Metaphysics and Knowledge
College Spanish 2
Spanish for the Professions
Special Topics in Spanish Language Cinema and/or Theatre
Oral Interpretation of Literature
Acting for All Majors
The Improvisational Mind
Voice and Movement
Graphic Communication for Theatrical Design
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Sound Design
Lighting Design
Digital Literacies: Acquisition and Use
One course selected from:3
3D Foundation: Form, Space & Time
Creative Technology for Artists
Creativity, Imagination, and the Consciousness
Beginning Imaging and Illustration
Beginning Photography
Innovator's ToolBox - An Introduction to Creative Problem Solving and Design Thinking.
Digital Fabrication: Functional Art/Object Design 1
Critical Thinking Through Computer Programming
Data Analysis Laboratory Using Spreadsheets
Scientific Simulation
Programming Basics
College Learning for Lives and Careers in the Information Age
Introduction to Data Science
Introduction to Data Science Lab
Computer Science I
Computer Science II
Web Application Development
Practicum in Multimedia Journalism: Coyote Chronicle
Practicum in Digital Audio and Radio: Coyote Radio
Practicum in Television Journalism Production: Local Matters
Digital Media and Society
Movies in the Digital Age
Introduction to Digital Video Editing
Digital Video Field Production
Topics in Digital Production
Digital Audio and Radio Production
Multimedia Journalism
Global Educational Perspectives
Instructional Technology for Career and Technical Educators
Curriculum Development for Career and Technical Programs
Topics in Career and technical Education
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography
Software Applications in the Health Sciences
Introduction to Information Technology
Information Technology
Creating digital Media Using Personal Electronic Technology
Electronic Music Production
Sound Recording
Research Techniques and Methodologies:
One course selected from:3
Applied Business Statistics
Art History Methodologies 1
Art History Methodologies 2
Art History Seminar
Digital Logic
Practicum in Multimedia Journalism: Coyote Chronicle
Practicum in Digital Audio and Radio: Coyote Radio
Practicum in Television Journalism Production: Local Matters
Film Analysis
Communication Research Methodology
Research Methods in Criminal Justice
Statistics in Criminal Justice
Analysis of Poetry and Drama
Analysis of Fiction and Nonfiction Prose
Analysis of Environmental Discourse
Tools of Economic Analysis
Quantitative Methods in Economics
Advanced Tools of Economic Analysis
Geographic Statistics and Research Methods
GIS and Socio-Economic Applications
Biostatistics for Health Science
Research Methodology in Health Science
Leadership in Health Services Administration
Enterprise Resource Planning
Problem Solving and Decision Making
Statistics with Applications
Research Methods
Marketing Research
Philosophical Questions in Literature
Predicate Logic
Alternative Logics
Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Religion
Asian Philosophy
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics
Introduction to Political Science Research
Psychological Statistics
Introduction to Psychological Research
Brain and Behavior
Applied Research Methods
Research Methods in Psychology
Qualitative Analysis & Field Research
Introduction to Community-Based Research
Quantitative Analysis & Survey Research
Special Topics in Spanish Language Cinema and/or Theatre Activity
Dramatic Analysis and Playwriting for Teachers
Dance Notation
Theatre for Youth: History and Literature
Experiential/Service Learning and Community Engagement
One course selected from:3
Art in the Classroom
Art and Activism
Art and Restorative Justice
Case Studies in Art and Activism
Art and Social Action: Critical and Pedagogical Theories
Socially-engaged Art
Public Art
Video Art
Performance Art
Installation Art
Arts in Action: Visual Art
Art and Human Development
Leadership and Engagement in the Arts
Community-based Art Practicum
Arts in Corrections Practicum
Internship in Humanities
Internship in Humanities
Internship in Humanities
Internship in Humanities
Internship in Humanities
International Experience: Latin American Studies
International Experience: Asian Studies
International Experience: European Studies
International Experience: African Studies
Independent Study in the Humanities
Independent Study in the Humanities
Independent Study in the Humanities
Independent Study in the Humanities
Independent Study in the Humanities
Practicum in Intercollegiate Forensics: Coyote Debate
Newswriting and Reporting
Television Studio Production
Practicum in Multimedia Journalism: Coyote Chronicle
Practicum in Digital Audio and Radio: Coyote Radio
Practicum in Television Journalism Production: Local Matters
Practicum in Communication Research
Service Learning in Communication
Communication, Self, and Others
Media, Culture, and Society
Topics in Media Studies
The Development of Motion Pictures
Service-Learning in Political Economy
Media Performance Practicum
English Study Abroad
English Practicum
Community-Based Writing
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
Study Abroad in Japan
Study Abroad in Japan
Study Abroad in Japan
Service Learning in Kinesiology
Special Topics in Spanish Language Cinema and/or Theatre Activity
Performance Practicum
Performance Practicum
Technical Practicum
Technical Practicum
Theatre in the Classroom
World Dance Traditions
Drama in Education
Touring Practicum
Creative Movement in the Classroom
Arts in Action: Theatre
Arts in Action: Dance
Introductory Experience (2)
CAL 2970Liberal Studies: Introduction and Assessment Preparation2
Minor Field within the College of Arts and Letters (18)
Students must complete a minor within in the College of Arts and Letters. With some exceptions, all minors must include a minimum of 9 units at the 3000-level or above. Minors vary in size and range beginning at 18 units in a single discipline. Minor exceptions must be approved by Liberal Studies Programs Coordinator.18
Culminating Experience (5)
CAL 4970 Liberal Studies: Non-Integrated Senior Assessment2
To be taken during the last two semesters before graduation. Students will complete and submit individual senior e-portfolios for evaluation. E-portfolios are to include professionalization materials such as resumes, Curriculum Vitae (CVs), cover letters, letters of recommendation, and post-graduation plans. Students will also be required to draft, revise, and submit an essay as part of the senior e-portfolio detailing and providing evidence of how students have met each BA in Liberal Arts Outcome (PLO) while also providing a narration of how CSUSB's BA in Liberal Arts prepares students for their future careers.
CAL 5953Independent Study in the Humanities3
Three-unit Independent Study Project to be completed in one of the disciplines used for the Minor areas and should be taken during one of the last two semesters before graduation. This project should result in a significant presentation or written paper reporting on the research project carried out and should include a concluding essay relating the research topic to other courses and subjects in the areas of Minor study. Students must enroll in CAL 5953 or other appropriate independent study course offered by the department of the faculty member who has agreed to supervise this project. This is in addition to the Experiential/Service Learning and Engagement requirement previously listed.
Focus Field (9)
Students must complete nine units of course work from any single discipline other than the minor field. A minimum of five units must be upper-division.9
Total Units46

Pathway to Graduation within 120 Semester Units

Students can complete a BA in Liberal Arts degree within 120 semester units by completing courses that fulfill more than one requirement. Some examples include, but are not limited to, those World Language courses that fulfill general education (G.E.) requirements and/or Minor and Acquired and Applied Skills requirements.

*In order to complete this degree within 120 units, please consult the Liberal Studies Programs Coordinator to know which courses fulfill multiple graduation requirements.