Liberal Studies BA

The Liberal Studies (LS) B.A. program is designed for students who desire to become elementary or special education teachers. There are different pathways to choose from, depending on your interests:

LS BA Pathway - By default, all students are considered to be in this pathway upon entering the Liberal Studies major.

LS BA + Credential Pathway - This pathway combines the requirements for the Liberal Studies degree and credential courses within one cohesive program that allows students to finish their BA and credential in less time. As such, please know that this option requires more units per semester, and requires students to commit to a prescribed course sequence. *Deviating from the structured sequence may result in loss of program eligibility, and require students to be placed back in the LS BA Pathway.

  • Integrated Bilingual Elementary Education Concentration - LS BA + Elementary Education Credential with Bilingual Authorization
  • Integrated Special Education Concentration - LS BA + Special Education Credential
  • Integrated Elementary Education Concentration - LS BA + Elementary Education Credential

To learn more about the major, visit the Liberal Studies website.

Required Courses

Special Requirements

AA-T-certified students in elementary education can earn a Liberal Studies B.A. by completing the special requirements found on the the Requirements for AA-T Certified Students in Elementary Education page.

If you are unsure about your transfer status, please talk to a Liberal Studies advisor as soon as possible.

All other Liberal Studies majors, see below.

Standard Requirements

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete all of the following courses in Content Area 1 (Reading, Language, Literature, History, and Social Science):

Complete all of the following courses in Content Area 2 (Math and Science):

Complete all of the following courses in Content Area 3 (Physical Education, Human Development, Visual and Performing Arts):

Select and complete one of the two pathways below:

LS BA Traditional Pathway

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete the following Advanced Inquiry in Education courses:

Complete one of the following courses, not previously taken:

To satisfy the requirements of the Liberal Studies major, complete one minor or one emphasis listed below:

Approved Minors

Emphasis option 1: History

Complete 12 units from the following list:

Emphasis option 2: Literature

Complete 12 units from the following list:

Emphasis option 3: Physical Education

Complete 12 units from the following courses:

Emphasis option 4: Science

Complete 12 units from the following list:

Emphasis option 5: Social Science

Complete 12 units from the following list:

Emphasis option 6: Visual & Performing Arts

Complete at least two of the following courses:

Complete at least one of the following courses (4 unit minimum):

Emphasis Option 7: Quantitative Literacy

Complete 12 units from the following list:

LS BA + Credential Pathways (ITEP)

Students must select one of the following concentrations and complete the coursework.

Integrated Bilingual Elementary Education Concentration

Complete all of the following courses:

Select one of the two options below to complete the Spanish Language Emphasis. Please note: students may need to complete pre-requisite coursework (SPAN 101: Beginning Spanish I (3 units) and SPAN 102: Beginning Spanish II (3 units)) before beginning.

Non-Heritage Speaker Option

Complete all of the following courses:

Heritage Speaker Option

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete all of the following Elementary Education credential courses:

Congratulations! You have earned your Liberal Studies BA with a Concentration in Bilingual Elementary Education! NOW, complete all of the following coursework to be eligible for the Bilingual Authorization Credential:

Integrated Special Education Concentration

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete all of the following Disability Studies Emphasis courses:

Complete all of the following SPED credential courses:

Integrated Elementary Education Concentration

Complete all of the following courses:

Complete all of the following Linguistics Emphasis courses:

Complete all of the following Elementary Education credential courses:

Learning Outcomes

MLO 1: Developing Educator

Students think, write, and speak critically about the general knowledge, skills, dispositions, and responsibilities of a California public educator in classroom, school, community, State, and National contexts. Students acquire introductory pedagogical skills and apply perspectives of the Educational Foundations to their developing professional practices.

MLO 2: Diversity and Multicultural Scholar

Students evaluate their own and others' experiences as influenced by social identities, socialization practices, and societal institutions from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Students critically examine the value of diversity and multiculturalism. Students inform their educational practices and perspectives by applying concepts and theories of diversity and multiculturalism.

MLO 3: Innovative Technology Practitioner

Students use technologies effectively for investigation, expression, design, and collaboration. Students reflect on the role of technologies for innovative teaching and learning, and effective instruction.

MLO 4: Social Justice Collaborator

Students combine disciplinary knowledge, community experience, and reflective practice to become ethically and socially responsible educators working toward a just and sustainable world. Students identify and pursue paths for social change. Students collaborate with stakeholders to advocate for access, equity, and justice in public education and other societal institutions.

MLO 5: Subject Matter Generalist

Students demonstrate competency in subject area content and complete a coherent depth of study for successful practice in California public education.