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Liberal Studies Core Requirements

NOTE: These are CSULB courses. If you looking for information regarding equivalent courses at other institutions, please visit the "Documents and Forms" page for the Transfer Credit Guide, or refer to www.assist.org

Students take core courses in the subjects that they will be teaching. Liberal Studies does not follow the traditional CSU-breadth pattern or General Education requirements as other majors, due to following teaching standards from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

All courses must be completed with a grade "C" or better. Courses cannot be taken for CR/NC.

The Liberal Studies Core Requirements

A minimum of 101 units distributed in Areas I, II, III, IV, V, and VI.

As part of the Bachelor of Arts requirements for the Liberal Studies program, students must complete the Core Requirements courses. The Core Requirements can be completed in the first three years of College (Freshmen-Junior year) through a blend of multidisciplinary general education and major coursework combined. In Senior Year as students are completing this list of Core Requirements, they then move forward to complete the Bachelor of Arts degree (BA Pathway), or go on to complete a Teaching Credential (ITEP). 

*Alternate Course Offered for ITEP BILA Graduates.

**Not Required of ITEP BILA Graduates. Do not enroll.

***Not Required of ITEP UDCP Graduates. Do not enroll.

Area I: Language Arts (minimum 21 units)

  • Group 1. Written Communication: Choose one course from ASAM 100, AFRS 100, CHLS 104, ENGL 100
  • Group 2. Oral Communication: Choose COMM 130 or COMM 335
  • Group 3. Survey of Literature: Choose one course from CWL 100, ENGL 180, ENGL 250 A or B, ENGL 270 A or B, ENGL 375
  • Group 4. Applied Composition: Take ENGL 309
  • Group 5. Language Acquisition: Choose EDSP 454 or LING 329
  • Group 6. Children’s Literature: Choose AFRS 415 or ENGL 481 (SPAN 325*) (ITEP UDCP - Do Not Enroll)
  • Group 7. Language Arts Capstone: Take L/ST 400

Area II: Mathematics (minimum 12 units)

  • Group 1. Real Numbers: Take MTED 110
  • Group 2. Probability and Statistics: Take MTED 205
  • Group 3. Geometry and Measurement: Choose MTED 211 or MTED 312
  • Group 4. Mathematics Capstone: Take MTED 402

Area III: Natural Science (minimum 14 units)

  • Group 1. Earth Science: Choose from GEOL 102 and GEOL 104, or only GEOL 106
  • Group 2. Life Science: Take BIOL 200
  • Group 3. Physical Science: Take PHSC 112
  • Group 4. Natural Science Capstone: Take SCED 401

Area IV: History-Social Science (minimum 19 units)

  • Group 1. American History: Choose HIST 172 or HIST 300
  • Group 2. American Institutions: Choose one course from POSC 100, POSC 391, or POSC 326* (*If taken outside CA)
  • Group 3. World History and Geography: Take either HIST/GEOG 250, or both HIST 211 and GEOG 100 
  • Group 4. Multicultural Dimensions: Choose one course from AFRS 215, AIS 215, ASAM 215, CHLS 215, AFRS 319, AIS 319, ASAM 319, CHLS 319, WGSS 319, ANTH 421 or LING 425
  • Group 5. California History: Take HIST 473 (CHLS 315*)
  • Group 6. History-Social Science Capstone: Take L/ST 471

Area V: Arts and Humanities (minimum 15 units)

  • Group 1. Music: Take MUS 180
  • Group 2. Dance or Theater: Choose one course from CWL 124, CWL 324, DANC 110, DANC 179, THEA 113, THEA 122, THEA 324
  • Group 3. Ethics, Values and Beliefs: Choose one course from PHIL 100, PHIL 160, PHIL 203, PHIL 204, PHIL 405, R/ST 100, R/ST 202 (ITEP UDCP - Do Not Enroll)
  • Group 4. Visual Art: Take ART 300 (ITEP Span BILA, Do Not Enroll)
  • Group 5. Arts Capstone: Take L/ST 404

Area VI: Critical Issues in Teaching and Learning (minimum 20 units)

  • Group 1. Teaching and Learning: Take EDEL 100
  • Group 2. Information and Technology Competencies: Choose one course from ETEC 110, ETEC 444, or MTED 301
  • Group 3. Critical Thinking: Choose one course from A/ST 190, COMM 131, ENGL 102, ETEC 171, HIST 101, L/ST 111, PHIL 170, POSC 105, PSY 130
  • Group 4. Introduction to Education: Take EDEL 200
  • Group 5. Child Development and Learning: Take EDP 301
  • Group 6. Family and School Partnerships: Take EDSP 355A (ITEP UDCP - Do Not Enroll)
  • Group 7. Physical Education: Take KIN 476 (ITEP UDCP - Do Not Enroll)
  • Group 8. Health Science: Take H SC 411A (ITEP UDCP - Do Not Enroll)

 

Once a student has completed the above Liberal Studies Core Requirements appropriate to their desired graduation plan, they must then complete one of the following program options to meet the university requirements for graduation.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BA Pathway) - 120 Unit Program

  • 101 Units Core Requirements + 12 Units Concentration Courses + 7 Units Elective Courses
  • For listing of Concentration Courses, refer to our Concentration page.

BA in Liberal Studies & Multiple Subject Credential Program (ITEP MSCP Pathway) - 135 Unit Program

  • 101 Units Core Requirements + 34 Units Pedgogy/Method Courses and Student Teaching
  • Pedagogy Courses include: EDEL 300, EDEL 442, EDEL 452, EDEL 462, EDEL 472, SCED 475 (18 units total)
  • Student Teaching includes: EDEL 482 (16 units total)

BA in Liberal Studies / Urban Dual Credential Program (ITEP UDCP Pathway) - 135 Unit Program

  • 84* Units Core Requirements + 51 Units of Pedagogy/Method Courses and Student Teaching
  • Pedagogy Courses include: EDEL 462, EDEL 472, EDSP 564, EDSP 578, SCED 475, UDCP 400, UDCP 401, UDCP 407, UDCP 410, UDCP 402, UDCP 411, UDCP 414, UDCP 415 (39 units total)
  • Student Teaching includes: UDCP 420, and UDCP 422 or UDCP 423 (12 units total)

If there are questions or inquiries regarding the above information, it is recommended to contact a Liberal Studies Advisor at CED-LibSt@csulb.edu or in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center at 562-985-1105 or EED-67. More detailed information on the program pathways can be found throughout our website.

last updated — Dec 11, 2017