Liberal Studies, B.A.

Requirements

Department

Liberal Studies Program Requirements

The Liberal Studies Program includes coursework that provides subject matter proficiency for students who plan on pursuing a Multiple Subject (elementary grades) or Education Specialist teaching credential. This program includes specific General Education courses and additional courses in the major that are aligned to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing content specifications in these seven core areas:

  • Reading, Language, and Literature
  • History and Social Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Human Development

Attention: The liberal studies degree listed here is correct as of the time of publication of this catalog. As teacher education programs are subject to state and system legislative control, it is recommended that students interested in the credential consult the Center for Advising and Student Services in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development for current program requirements.

This degree is specifically designed for students who intend to pursue the postbaccalaureate Multiple Subject or Education Specialist teaching credential. Students who intend to teach at the secondary school level should major in the subject area they wish to teach.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Liberal Studies Major

1. Major requirements (39 units)
KINES 152 (3 units)
LING 11 (3 units)
MATH 10B (3 units)
PSYCH 169, SPED 120, or RA 125 (3 units)
ART 179, MUSIC 153, DRAMA 136S, 137, or DANCE 160S (3 units)
ENGL 117W or LS 110W (3 units) - satisfies Upper-Division Writing Requirement
CI 100 (3 units)
COMM 114 (3 units)
LING 132 (3 units)
MATH 100 (3 units)
EES 9 (3 units)
SSCI 180 or SOC 111 (3 units) - satisfies Multicultural requirement
LS 115 or LS 120 (3 units)

2. General Education requirements (49 units)
[A1] COMM 3, 7, or 8 (3 units)
[A2] ENGL 5B or 10 (3 units)
[A3] Any A3 course (3 units)
[B1] NSCI 1A (3-4 units)
[B2] BIOL 10 (3 units)
[B4] MATH 10A/10AL (3-4 units)
[C1] ART 1; ARTH 10 and 11; MUSIC 9, 74; or DRAMA 62 (3 units)
[C1 or C2] ENGL 20, 30; HUM 10, 11 (3-4 units)
[C2] HIST 20* (3 units)
[D1] HIST 11 (3 units)
[D2] PLSI 2 (3 units)
[D3] GEOG 4 (3 units)
[E] CFS 39 (3 units)
[IB] NSCI 115 (3 units)
[IC] IAS 108 (3 units)
[ID] SSCI 110 (3 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
Electives may be used to satisfy Multiple Subject or Education Specialist Credential Program requirements as listed below.

5. Total units (120)

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* HIST 20 is G.E. Area C2 for liberal studies students only. (For all other students, HIST 20 is G.E. Area D3.)

 

Visual and Performing Arts Requirement Note

Selection of a visual and performing arts course in the major (ART 179, MUSIC 153, DRAMA 136,136S, 137 or DANCE 160) must be from a discipline that is different from that taken to meet G.E. Area C1.

Multiple Subject Credential

Prerequisite: EHD 50.
Prerequisite or corequisite*: CI 100.
For students pursuing a credential and a liberal studies degree simultaneously, the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) must be passed prior to enrollment in final student teaching (EHD 170 or SPED 175/176). For students pursuing a Multiple Subject Education/Specialist Credential after completion of a degree, the CSET must be passed as one condition for admission to the program.
Courses
CI 171, 175, 176; EHD 170, 174, 178; LEE 172, 173, 177; SPED 179
Total (51 units)
Note: Consult advisor for sequencing of courses.

* CI 100 may be taken concurrently with Phase 1 courses. CI 100 must be completed prior to beginning Phase 2 courses.

Education Specialist Credential

Prerequisite: EHD 50.
Prerequisite or corequisite*: CI 100
For students pursuing a credential and a liberal studies degree simultaneously, the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) must be passed prior to enrollment in final student teaching (EHD 170 or SPED 175/176). For students pursuing a Multiple Subject Education/Specialist Credential after completion of a degree, the CSET must be passed as one condition for admission to the program.
Courses
CI 171, 175, 176; LEE 172, 173, 177;; EHD 174, 178; SPED 125, 130, 156, 171/172, 175/176;
Mild/Moderate
SPED 126, 136, 137
Moderate/Severe
SPED 145, 146, 147
Other approved courses
Total (51 units)

* CI 100 may be taken concurrently with Phase 1 courses. CI 100 must be completed prior to beginning Phase 2 courses.

For additional information regarding admission to the Multiple Subject or Education Specialist Credential programs visit the KSOEHD website at http://www.fresnostate.edu/kremen/.

Faculty

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For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
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Roadmap

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

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Careers

Liberal studies majors preparing for careers in elementary teaching should expect to find a favorable job market. Recent statistical reports for the Central Valley show that the area population and the number of school-aged children continue to grow. This pattern of growth, along with anticipated attrition from the teaching profession will require additional well-prepared, credentialed elementary teachers.

Liberal studies majors not planning careers in teaching will find that a number of area employers are seeking prospective employees with a broader vision of the world, not normally provided by a narrow specialization. Opportunities are available in people-oriented jobs such as public relations, personnel, medicine, etc.

As liberal studies candidates prepare for entrance into the teaching profession or other careers, they are provided expert assistance from the campus Career Services Office. Assistance in preparing placement files, preparing for job interviews, and searching for suitable employment is readily available for each candidate.

About the School

The Kremen School of Education and Human Development is a center for academic excellence and collaboration in the fields of education and counseling. Graduates will become community leaders who advocate for high standards and democratic values with attention to professional ethics and diversity.

School Contact Information

Kremen School of Education and Human Development
5005 N. Maple Ave. MS ED1
Fresno, CA 93740-8025

Phone: (559) 278-0300
FAX: (559) 278-0387

Department Contact Information

Education Student Services Center 
Kremen School of Education and Human Development 
5005 N. Maple, Fresno, California, 93740-8025

Office Location:

Education Building, Room 100
Phone (559) 278-0300 | Fax (559) 278-0387