Liberal Studies Major

In the state of California, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) awards credentials to teachers upon the recommendation of colleges and universities with approved teacher education programs. The Liberal Studies major is USD’s approved undergraduate teacher education program for elementary and special education teachers.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Liberal Studies Course Requirements: Major (48 units)

The following courses are required for Liberal Studies majors to help prepare for the content tested in the CSET (California Subject Examinations for Teachers) Multiple Subject tests. Some courses also satisfy the general core requirements for the bachelor’s degree. Liberal Studies majors must achieve grades of C or higher in all Core, Major, and Concentration courses.

Liberal Studies
LBST 100Foundations in Liberal Studies (Fall only)3
LBST 400Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies (Spring only, must be taken within last 30 units of coursework)3
Mathematical Competency
MATH 200Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers I (Fall only)3
MATH 300Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers II (Spring only)3
Natural Sciences
CHEM/PHYS 105Physical Sciences for K-8 Teachers (Fall only)3
BIOL/EOSC 116Earth and Life Science for Educators (Spring only, fulfills Life Science core for Liberal Studies majors only)3
Humanities and the Fine Arts
ARTV 350Art Fundamentals (Fall only)3
ENGL 215Children's Literature (Spring only)3
ENGL 377Development of the English Language3
HIST 117U.S. History to 18703
HIST 389History of California (Fall only)3
MUSC 200Comprehensive Musicianship for Educators (Spring only)3
PHIL 341Ethics and Education (Fall only)3
THEA 155Theatre in Education (Fall only)3
Education
Choose one of the following pairs of teaching credential foundation courses.6
For Multiple Subject (Elementary Education) interest:
Multicultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society
Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society
Or for Special Education interest:
Healthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society
Collaboration with Families and Professionals

Concentrations in Liberal Studies (12-14 units)

The Concentration allows majors to delve more deeply into a subject area of their choice that will benefit them as future educators and is closely related to the elementary school curriculum. Select one concentration.

Art - Visual Arts Concentration
Select two of the following courses:6
Fundamentals of Drawing
Design Foundations
Introduction to Sculpture
Introduction to Video Art
Photography
Select two of the following courses:6
Visual Communications
Intermediate Drawing
Introduction to Printmaking
Video Art: Site and Screen
Video Art: The Cinematic
Intermediate/Advanced Video Art
Fundamentals of Painting
Figure Drawing
Color Photography
Photo Strategies
Advanced Photography
Portraits in Photography
Intermediate / Advanced Sculpture
Designing for Social Space
Sculpture / Landscape
Public Art Studio Seminar
Advanced Visual Communications
Advanced Drawing/Painting Seminar
Digital Audio Composition
Intermediate/Advanced Painting
Communication Studies Concentration
COMM 203Public Speaking3
Select one of the following:
COMM 101Introduction to Human Communication3
or COMM 130 Introduction to Media Studies
Select two upper division courses:6

NOTE: The following clusters help organize student choices when they speak with the academic advisor, but are not intended to be required or exclusive. Liberal Studies majors can satisfy the concentration with any two upper division communication courses.

Thematic Clusters for Communication Studies Concentration:

Communication & Youth Development Theme:
Family Business Communication
Gender Communication
Children and Media
Teens and Popular Culture
Communication & Relationships Theme:
Interpersonal Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Small Group Communication
Family Business Communication
Culture & Global Communication Theme:
International Media
Film and Cultural Politics
Intercultural Communication
Global Team Development
Strategic Communication Theme:
Organizational Communication
Advanced Public Speaking
Interviewing and Negotiating: Principles and Practices
Persuasion and Propaganda
History Concentration
Select one lower division course (other than HIST 117):3
The Ancient World
The Medieval World
The Atlantic World 1500-1800
The Pacific World, 1500-1800
World History Topics
Topics in War and Peace in Historical Perspective
War and Peace in the Modern World
U.S. History, 1877 to the Present
U.S. History Topics
Race and Ethnicity in the American Experience
American Women in History
East Asia in Transformation
Topics in the History of Culture and Identity
Modern Europe
Topics in Urban History
Topics in Comparative History
Topics in History, Literature, and Film
Topics in History of Science and Technology
Big History: From Cosmos to Cannibals
Modern World History
Great Moments in Time
Select one upper division European History course:3
Roman Civilization
The Fall of the Roman Empire
Castles and Crusades: Medieval Europe, 1050-1450
Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain
The Global Renaissance
History of Germany Since 1945
Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Topics in Modern Europe
France in Revolution and War
History of the British Isles
History of Spain
Select two upper division World History courses:6
Topics in Modern World History
Modern Middle East
Modern Latin America
Topics in Latin America History
History of Brazil
Topics in Asian History
China: Rise to Global Power
Japan: Samurai to Subaru
Women's Lives in East Asia
The African Historical Experience
Topics in African History
United States-East Asia Relations
History of Mexico
Life Science Concentration
BIOL 240Bioenergetics and Systems3
BIOL 240LBioenergetics and Systems Laboratory1
BIOL 242Genomes and Evolution3
BIOL 242LGenomes and Evolution Laboratory1
Choose one of the following tracks consisting of two additional courses:5-6
Organismal Biology Track:
Ecology
Ecological Communities of San Diego County
Cellular Biology Track:
Genetics
Choose an upper division course with appropriate prerequisites
Literature Concentration
ENGL 260Critical Reading3
Choose one course in Literary Cultures and Theories: (pre-req ENGL 260)3
Literature of Race, Gender and Sexuality
Literary Theory
Topics in Literary Cultures and Theories
Choose two upper division electives:6
One course must be a Literature course.
A maximum of one creative writing course may be taken.
The Writing Center or Southeast San Diego Tutoring may count up to 3 units.
Marine Biology Concentration
EOSC 121Life in the Ocean4
or EOSC 123 Organisms and Ecosystems
EOSC 220Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences (Liberal Studies majors must have completed MATH 115, CHEM 105/PHYS 105, and BIOL 116/EOSC 116)4
EOSC 432Marine Community Ecology4
or EOSC 431 Human Impacts on the Coastal Environment
Mathematics Concentration
Note: Other choices are possible for students with advanced standing in mathematics. Please consult with the mathematics concentration coordinator before selecting courses.
MATH 120Introduction to Statistics3
MATH 150Calculus I3-4
or MATH 130 Survey of Calculus
Select two of the following:6-7
Computer Programming I
Investigations in Modern Mathematics
Calculus II
Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science (Also satisfies the general core logic requirement)
Linear Algebra (MATH 151 is a prerequisite)
Multicultural Studies Concentration
Take one course from each discipline, and one additional course from the area of your choice. Discuss course options with academic advisor.
Anthropology Course:
Requirement will be fulfilled by any Cultural Anthropology course3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
North American Indian Cultures
California and Great Basin Indian Cultures
Southwest Indian Cultures
South American Indian Cultures
Caribbean Cultures
Nautical Anthropology of California
Piracy in the new World
Surf Culture And History
Indigenous Religions
Cultural Diversity
Ethnic Studies Course:
Requirement will be fulfilled by any Ethnic Studies (ETHN) course3
Sociology Course:
Requirement will be fulfilled by any Sociology (SOCI) course3
Additional ANTH, ETHN, or SOCI Course:
One additional course from above selections (Cultural Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, or Sociology)3
Music Concentration
Theory/Composition Requirement
MUSC 120Fundamentals of Music Theory3
History/Culture Requirement
Select two of the following courses:6
American Music
Jazz
We Shall Overcome: Singing for Justice, Freedom and Peace
Introduction to Sonic Arts
Music in Society
Music in World Cultures
Music Therapy
Topics in World Music
Digital Audio Composition
Art and the Soundscape
Performance Studies and Ensembles Requirement
Choose two units from:2
Class Piano I
Class Piano II
Class Voice
Class Guitar
Choose 1 unit from:1
Chamber Music Ensembles
USD Strings
Concert Choir
Opera Workshop
Jazz Ensemble
Band
Gamelan Ensemble
Mariachi Ensemble
Other choices may be possible in consultation with the concentration coordinator.
Psychology Concentration
PSYC 101Introductory Psychology3
PSYC 314Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence3
Select two courses from the following: 16
Research Methods in Psychology
Social Psychology
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination
Learning and Behavior
Cognitive Psychology
Biological Psychology
Behavior Disorders of Childhood
Social-Emotional Development
Spanish Language and Latin@ American Cultures Concentration
Recommended for Bi-Lingual Authorization
SPAN 301WWriting and Composition in Spanish3
or SPAN 311 Writing and Composition for Heritage Speakers
SPAN 304Cultural History of Latin America3
or HIST 361 Modern Latin America
Spanish - Choose one of the following courses:3
Introduction To Cultural Analysis
Cultural History of Latin America
Studies in Spanish Linguistics
L2 Teaching Methodologies and Applied Linguistics
Survey of Latin American Literature
Interdisciplinary Option - Choose one of the following courses:3
Chicano/Latino Studies
Modern Latin America
Topics in Latin America History
Chicano/a History
History of Mexico
Politics in Latin America
U.S.-Latin American Relations
Theatre Concentration
THEA 205Technical Theatre with Lab4
THEA 230Acting I3
Choose one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
Acting II
Select one additional course from the following: 13
Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
Acting II
Costume Construction
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Voice and Speech
Movement for Actors
Theatre History
Playwriting
Contemporary Theatre
Theatre and Community
Acting III
Producing and Directing
Stage Management
Special Topics in Theatre
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Some upper division courses may have prerequisites

Teaching Credential Requirements

Completing a Teaching Credential is not a requirement to complete the Liberal Studies major. Only grades of B- or higher in Professional Preparation courses satisfy requirements for teaching credentials.

Credential Option 1: Preliminary Multiple Subject

The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach all subjects in a self-contained classroom, such as the classrooms in most K-6 elementary schools. However, a teacher authorized for multiple subject instruction may be assigned to teach in any self-contained classroom (preschool, K–12, or in classes organized primarily for adults). In addition, the holder of a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential may serve in a core or team teaching setting.

Foundations Block

Must be taken before beginning the Methods Block; these courses may be taken before admission to the Credential Program.

ENGL 377Development of the English Language3
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society (~ 10 practicum hours)3
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society (~ 8 observation hours)3

Methods Block

Must be completed before beginning Student Teaching; candidates must be admitted to the Credential Program.

EDUC 383PMethods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary (50 hour practicum)3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts (20 hours)3
EDUC 385PElementary Curriculum and Methods for Global Classrooms (50 hour practicum)6
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3

Student Teaching Block

Courses taken concurrently.

EDUC 490PStudent Teaching for the Multiple Subject Credential (full-day, full-time assignment in K-12 school)9
EDUC 490SStudent Teaching Seminar for Multiple Subject Credential3

Credential Option 2: Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential

The Education Specialist Instruction Credential for mild/moderate disabilities authorizes the holder to serve children, youth, and adults who have special learning or emotional needs. This credential may be used in K-12 resource rooms, special day classes, or alternative settings, and authorizes teachers to instruct individuals in grades K-12 and adults through age 22 with specific learning disabilities or health impairments. 

Prerequisite: Foundations Coursework

These courses may be taken before admission to the Credential Program.

ENGL 377Development of the English Language3
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3

Foundations Block

Should try to complete before beginning Methods Block; may be taken before admission to the Credential Program.

EDSP 373PCollaboration with Families and Professionals3

Methods Block: Special Education Coursework

Must be completed before beginning Student Teaching; candidates must be admitted to the Credential Program.

EDSP 370PAssessment Identification to Transition Special Education3
EDSP 371PPositive Behavior and Instruction Management in SPED3
EDSP 375PEvidenced Based Inclusive Practices Mild/Moderate 5-221-3
EDSP 393SPracticum Seminar for Individual Induction Plan IIP2

Methods Block: General Education / Multiple Subject Content Coursework

Must be completed before beginning Student Teaching; candidates must be admitted to the Credential Program.

EDUC 375PInclusive Curricula for Learners 5-223
EDUC 383PMethods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary ([50 hours field work])3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts ([20 hours field work])3

Student Teaching Block

Courses taken concurrently.

EDSP 490PStudent Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities (Full day)6
EDSP 490SStudent Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities Seminar1

Recommended Program of Study, Liberal Studies

Freshman YearHours
Hours
To complete the program of study in 4 years, student must take 18 units per semester in 2-3 semesters or take courses in intersession and summer.
 
Semester I
LBST 100Foundations in Liberal Studies (Fall only)3
ENGL 121Composition and Literature3
CHEM 105
or PHYS 105
Physical Sciences for K-8 Teachers (Fall only)
Physical Sciences for K-8 Teachers
3
PHIL LD elective3
Elective3
Semester II
BIOL 116
or EOSC 116
Earth and Life Science for Educators
Earth and Life Science for Educators
3
MATH 115College Algebra3
LANG 1011st Semester Language3
MUSC 200Comprehensive Musicianship for Educators3
THRS LD elective 
Meet with Undergraduate Credential Program Advisor in SOLES 
Semester III (Summer)
Take CBEST (required for admission to credential program) 
Sophomore Year
Semester I
THEA 155Theatre in Education3
MATH 200Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers I (Fall Only)3
LANG 102Second Semester Language3
HIST 117U.S. History to 18703
Social Sciences Elective3
Apply to the SOLES Credential Program 
Semester II
ENGL 215Children's Literature3
MATH 300Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers II (Spring only)3
LANG 201Third Semester Language3
Concentration3
Electives (2)13
Junior Year
Semester I
PHIL 341Ethics and Education (Fall only)3
ARTV 350Art Fundamentals (Fall only)3
HIST 389History of California3
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
Concentration 3
Semester II
ENGL 377Development of the English Language3
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
Elective3
Concentration3
Senior Year
Semester I
ENGL 304WAdvanced Composition3
EDUC 385PElementary Curriculum and Methods for Global Classrooms6
Concentration3
Elective3
Start CSET Testing 
Semester II
LBST 400Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies3
EDUC 383PMethods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
THRS UD elective3
Elective3
Complete CSET Testing 
Senior Year 2
Semester I
Full time, full semester student teaching and seminar 
EDUC 490PStudent Teaching for the Multiple Subject Credential9
EDUC 490SStudent Teaching Seminar for Multiple Subject Credential3
1

To avoid taking 18 units in a semester, students must take one or more intersession or summer courses.