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 2015-2016, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2015. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Liberal Studies Course Requirements: CORE (73-85 units)

The following core courses are designed especially for Liberal Studies majors to assist in passing the CSET (California Subject Matter Competency) Exam. These courses also satisfy the general core requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Liberal Studies
LBST 200Foundations in Liberal Studies (Fall only)3
LBST 400Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies (Must be taken within last 30 units of coursework)3
Written Literacy
ENGL 122Composition and Literature for Educators3
ENGL 304WAdvanced Composition3
Mathematical Competency
MATH 115College Algebra3
MATH 200Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers I (Fall only)3
MATH 300Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers II (Spring only)3
Logic
PHIL 101Introduction to Logic (recommended for students whose concentration is in Mathematics)3
MATH 160 Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science
Second Language
Students must demonstrate third semester competency through coursework or examination0-9
Natural Sciences
CHEM/PHYS 105Physical Sciences for K-8 teachers (Fall only)3
BIOL 110Life Science for Educators (Spring only)3
Select one of the following:4
ENVI 104Natural Disasters
ENVI 110Introduction to Earth Systems
Social Sciences
Must met general core requirements from two different disiplines
Select two of the following: 16
ANTH 101Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 102Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 103Introduction to Archaeology
COMM 101Introduction to Human Communication
COMM 130Introduction to Media Studies
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics
POLS 100Power and Justice
ETHN 100DIntro to Ethnic Studies
PSYC 101Introductory Psychology
Philosophy
PHIL 341Ethics and Education (Fall only)3
Select one of the following:3
Not Logic/Ethics
PHIL 110Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 111Philosophy of Human Nature
PHIL 112Philosophy and Literature
PHIL 114Philosophy and Technology
PHIL 175Asian Philosophy
PHIL 270History of Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 271History of Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 272History of Classical Modern Philosophy
PHIL 273Contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy
PHIL 274Twentieth Century Continental Philosophy
PHIL 276American Philosophy
PHIL 410Metaphysics
PHIL 411Philosophy of Knowledge
PHIL 412Philosophy of God
PHIL 413Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 414Philosophy of Language
PHIL 415Philosophy of Natural Science
PHIL 461Philosophy of Law
PHIL 462Political Philosophy
PHIL 467Studies in Renaissance Philosophy
PHIL 470Studies in Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 471Studies in Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 472Studies in Modern European Philosophy
PHIL 473Contemporary Anglo-American Philosophy
PHIL 474Studies in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
PHIL 475Studies in Process Philosophy
PHIL 476Studies in Asian Philosophy
PHIL 480Philosophy of Art
PHIL 481Philosophy of Education
PHIL 483Philosophy of Social Sciences
Humanities and the Fine Arts
HIST 117U.S. History to 18703
HIST 389History of California3
ENGL 231Children's Literature3
MUSC 200Comprehensive Musicianship for Educators3
THEA 155Theatre in Education3
ARTV 350Art Fundamentals3
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 Must meet general core requirements from two different disciplines.

Concentrations in Liberal Studies (12-15 units)

The concentration provides broad, primarily upper division study in a subject area that forms a part of the elementary school curriculum. Select one concentration.

Arts-Visual
Select three of the following courses:9
ARTV 101Fundamentals of Drawing
ARTV 103Design Foundations
ARTV 105Introduction to Sculpture
ARTV 108Introduction to Video Art
ARTV 160Photography
Select two of the following courses:6
ARTV 300Visual Communications
ARTV 302Intermediate Drawing
ARTV 304Introduction to Printmaking/Book Arts
ARTV 308Video Art: Site and Screen
ARTV 320Video Art: The Cinematic
ARTV 328Fundamentals of Painting
ARTV 344Figure Drawing
ARTV 353Color Photography
ARTV 354Photo Strategies
ARTV 361Advanced Photography
ARTV 362Portraits in Photography
ARTV 369Intermediate / Advanced Sculpture
ARTV 370Designing for Social Space
ARTV 371Sculpture / Landscape
ARTV 382Public Art Studio Seminar
ARTV 401Advanced Visual Communications
ARTV 420Digital Audio Composition
ARTV 429Intermediate/Advanced Painting
Communication Studies
COMM 203Public Speaking (Required)3
COMM 101Introduction to Human Communication3
COMM 130 Introduction to Media Studies
Select three courses from below. 9

NOTE: The following themes 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 upper division communication course.

Thematic Courses:

Media Literacy
COMM 330Media Processes And Effects3
COMM 422Family Business Communication3
COMM 462Political Communication3
COMM 463Communication and Sports3
COMM 482Children and Media (Recommend completion of COMM 130 and COMM 330 before enrolling)3
COMM 483Teens and Popular Culture (Recommend completion of COMM 130 and COMM 330 before enrolling)3
Multicultural Awareness
COMM 326Nonverbal Communication3
COMM 336Communication Criticism3
COMM 338Media and Conflict3
COMM 380International Media3-4
COMM 445Gender Communication3
COMM 432Film and Cultural Politics (Recommend completion of COMM 336 before enrolling)3
COMM 433American Independent Cinema3
COMM 475Intercultural Communication (Recommend completion of COMM 300 before enrolling)3
COMM 480Advanced Topics in International Media3
COMM 488Global Team Development3
Strategic Communication
COMM 300Communication Theory3
COMM 325Interpersonal Communication3
COMM 350Small Group Communication3
COMM 353Organizational Communication3
COMM 370Rhetorical Theory3
COMM 403Advanced Public Speaking3
COMM 455Interviewing and Negotiating: Principles and Practices3
COMM 460Persuasion and Propaganda3
History
Select one of the following:3
HIST 102The Ancient World
HIST 103The Medieval World
HIST 108The Atlantic World 1500-1800
HIST 109The Pacific World, 1500-1800
Select one of the following:3
HIST 346Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
HIST 347Topics in Modern Europe
HIST 358Topics in Modern World History
Select two of the following:6
HIST 359Modern Middle East
HIST 360Colonial Latin America
HIST 361Modern Latin America
HIST 364Topics in Asian History
HIST 365History of China
HIST 366History of Japan
HIST 368History of Africa
HIST 384History of Mexico
Life Science
Prerequisite/Required:
BIOL 190Introduction to Evolution3
BIOL 221Introduction to Organismal Diversity3
BIOL 221LIntroduction to Organismal Diversity Lab1
BIOL 225Introduction to Cell Processes3
BIOL 225LIntroduction to Cell Processes Laboratory1
Select one of the following:3
BIOL 344Plant Systematics and Evolution
BIOL 346Vertebrate Natural History
BIOL 350Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 361Ecological Communities of San Diego County
Literature
Required:
ENGL 222Poetry3
ENGL 358United States Ethnic Literature3
Select two of the following:6
ENGL 348Nineteenth Century Novel
ENGL 356United States Fiction 1900-1940
ENGL 357Modern United States Literature
ENGL 359Modern United States Fiction
ENGL 360Modern Poetry
ENGL 362Modern Drama
ENGL 364Postcolonial Studies
ENGL 366Modern European Literature
ENGL 368Modern British Literature
ENGL 374Gender and Literature
Marine Science
Required:
ENVI 121Life in the Ocean4
ENVI 331WCoastal Environmental Science4
MARS 220Introduction to Physical Oceanography4
Mathematics
Note: Other choices are possible for students with advanced standing in mathematics. Please consult with the mathematics concentration coordinator before selecting courses.
Required:
MATH 120Introduction to Statistics3
MATH 150Calculus I4
Select two of the following:6
COMP 150Computer Programming I
MATH 112Investigations in Modern Mathematics
MATH 151Calculus II
MATH 160Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science
MATH 320Linear Algebra (MATH 151 is a prerequisite)

Multicultural Studies (15 units)

Sociology
Prerequisite:
SOCI 101DIntroduction to Sociology3-4
Select one of the following:3
SOCI 311Sociology of Families
SOCI 370DRace and Ethnic Relations
Anthropology
Required:
ANTH 102Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3-4
Optional for 3 additional units:
ANTH 320North American Indian Cultures
ANTH 323DSouthwest Indian Cultures
ETHN 321CAfrican American Panethnicity
ANTH 327South American Indian Cultures
ANTH 328Caribbean Cultures
ANTH 370Indigenous Religions
ANTH 380Cultural Diversity3
Ethnic Studies
Required:
Optional for 3 additional units:
ETHN 100DIntro to Ethnic Studies
ETHN 220DIntroduction To African-American Studies
ETHN 230DIntroduction To American Indian Studies
Upper-division choices may be possible in consultation with the concentration coordinator.
ETHN 250DIntroduction To Asian American Studies

Music (15 units)

Theory/Composition
MUSC 120Fundamentals of Music Theory3
History/Culture
Select two of the following:6
MUSC 101DAmerican Music
MUSC 102DJazz
MUSC 109Introduction to Sound Arts
MUSC 130Music in Society
MUSC 140Music in World Cultures
MUSC 420Digital Audio Composition
Performance Studies and Ensembles
MUSC 105Class Piano I1
MUSC 107Class Voice1
MUSC 108Class Guitar1
MUSC 150Chamber Music Ensembles1
MUSC 153Concert Choir1
MUSC 154Opera Workshop1
MUSC 155Jazz Ensemble1
MUSC 157Gamelan Ensemble1
MUSC 158Mariachi Ensemble1
MUSC 160Piano1
MUSC 161Voice1
MUSC 162Strings-Violin1
MUSC 163Viola1
MUSC 164Violoncello1
MUSC 165Strings-Double Bass1
MUSC 166Woodwinds-Flute/Piccolo1
MUSC 167Woodwinds-Oboe/English Horn1
MUSC 168Woodwinds-Clarinet/Bass Clarinet1
MUSC 169Woodwinds-Bassoon/Contrabasson1
MUSC 170Woodwinds-Saxophone1
MUSC 171Brass-Horn1
MUSC 172Brass-Trumpet1
MUSC 173Brass-Trombone/Tuba1
MUSC 174Percussion1
MUSC 175Harp1
MUSC 176Early Music Performance Practice (winds)1
MUSC 177Early Music Performance Practice (strings)1
MUSC 178Guitar1
MUSC 179Pipe Organ/Harpsichord1
MUSC 180Conducting1
MUSC 181Improvisation1-3
MUSC 205Class Piano II1
Other choices may be possible in consultation with the concentration coordinator.
Psychology
Required (6 units)
PSYC 101Introductory Psychology3
PSYC 230Research Methods in Psych3
Required (3 units)
PSYC 314Developmental Psychology:Childhood and Adolescence3
Electives
Select two of the following:6
PSYC 322Social Psychology
PSYC 324DCross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 332Learning and Behavior
PSYC 336Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 355Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 354Behavior Disorders of Childhood
PSYC 357Health Psychology
PSYC 359DHealth Psychology of Women and Ethnic Groups
Spanish Language and Latin American Cultures (recommended for Bi-Lingual Authorization)
Required/Prerequisite:
ANTH 102Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3-4
History
Required:
HIST 383Chicano History3
Spanish
Required:
SPAN 301Advanced Grammar and Composition3
SPAN 303Introduction To Cultural Analysis3
SPAN 304Cultural History of Latin America3
Theatre
Required:
THEA 230Acting I3
Choose one:
THEA 220Fundamentals of Theatrical Design3
THEA 302Acting II3
Select one additional course from the following: 13
THEA 220Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
THEA 302Acting II
THEA 303Costume Construction
THEA 320Scenic Design
THEA 330Costume Design
THEA 340Voice and Speech
THEA 350Movement for Actors
THEA 360WTheatre History
THEA 365WPlaywriting
THEA 369Contemporary Theatre
THEA 375CTheatre and Community
THEA 435Acting III
THEA 445Producing and Directing
THEA 455Stage Management
THEA 494Special Topics in Theatre
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Some upper division courses may have prerequisites

Teaching Credential Requirements

Credential Option 1: Preliminary Multiple Subject

(33 Units)

The Multiple Subject Teaching Credential authorizes the holder to teach in a self-contained classroom such as the classrooms in most 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 318Development 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 389 (5 hours)

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: Level I Education Specialist Credential: Mild/Moderate

The Preliminary Education Specialist Level I (Mild/Moderate) Credential Program prepares future teachers to serve children, youth, and adults who have special learning or emotional needs. The Education Specialist credential may be used in K-12 resource rooms, special day classes, or alternative settings. The Level I Education Specialist Credential in Mild/Moderate Disabilities, which authorizes teachers to instruct individuals in grades K-12 and adults who have specific learning disabilities, mild/moderate mental retardation, other health impairments, and/or serious emotional disturbance.

Prerequisite: Foundations Coursework

EDSP 389
ENGL 318Development of the English Language3

Foundations Block

(should try to complete before beginning Methods Block; The following courses may be taken before admission to the Credential Program)

EDSP 373PCollaboration with Families and Professionals3
EDSP 374Global Perspectives and Foundations in SPED (Fall only)3
EDSP 379Legal Ethical & Professional Practices in Diverse Society (Intersession only)2

Methods Block Special Education Coursework

These courses can be taken concurrently with Foundation Block and in any order. Must complete prior to Student Teaching

EDSP 375PEvidenced Based Inclusive Practices Mild/Moderate 5-22 (Spring semester only)1-3
EDSP 370PAssessment Identification to Transition Special Education3
EDSP 371PPositive Behavior and Instruction Management in SPED3
EDSP 373PCollaboration with Families and Professionals3

Methods Block General Education Multiple Subject Content Coursework

EDUC 375PInclusive Curricula for Learners 5-22 (Fall semester only)3
EDUC 383PMethods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary ([50 hours field work] Fall, Spring)3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts ([20 hours field work] Fall, Spring)3

Student Teaching Block

(courses taken concurrently)

EDSP 490PStudent Teaching Mild to Moderate Disabilities (Full day - Fall, Spring)6

Recommended Program of Study, Liberal Studies

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
LBST 200Foundations in Liberal Studies3
MATH 115College Algebra3
CHEM 105 PHYS 105Physical Sciences for K-8 teachers (Fall only)
Physical Sciences for K-8 Teachers
3
Elective LD THRS (3)13
LANG 10111st Semester Language3
HIST 1171U.S. History to 18703
Meet with Credential Program Advisor-Dr. Nancy Hanssen (SOLES) 
Semester II
THEA 155Theatre in Education3
PHIL 1011Introduction to Logic3
BIOL 110Life Science for Educators (Spring only)3
ENGL 122Composition and Literature for Educators3
LANG 1021Second Semester Language3
Elective Social Science (3) 13
Take CBEST 
Sophomore Year
Semester I
Elective LD THRS (3) 13
MATH 200Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers I (Fall Only)3
LANG 2011Third Semester Language3
PHIL LD elective (3)13
Select one from the following:14
ENVI 104Natural Disasters 
ENVI 110Introduction to Earth Systems 
Apply to the SOLES Credential Program 
Semester II
ENGL 318Development of the English Language3
MATH 300Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers II (Spring only)3
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
THRS UD elective (3)3
ENGL 231Children's Literature (Spring only)3
Concentration (3)3
Junior Year
Semester I
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
PHIL 341Ethics and Education (Fall only)3
ARTV 350Art Fundamentals (Fall only)3
Elective Social Science13
Concentration 3
MUSC 200Comprehensive Musicianship for Educators3
Semester II
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
HIST 389History of California3
ENGL 304WAdvanced Composition3
Concentration3
Concentration3
CSET Testing 
Senior Year
Semester I
LBST 400Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies3
Concentration3
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
EDUC 383PMethods of Teaching Reading and Language Arts in Elementary3
EDUC 384CMethods of Teaching English Language and Academic Development in Crosscultural Contexts3
EDUC 385PElementary Curriculum and Methods for Global Classrooms6
EDSP 3893
CSET Testing 
Semester II
EDUC 490PStudent Teaching for the Multiple Subject Credential9
Student Teaching & 
EDUC 490SStudent Teaching Seminar for Multiple Subject Credential3
Seminar 
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May petition to take at a community college; one of these courses must satisfy the “D” requirement. To avoid taking 18 units per semester, students must take one or more summer school courses.

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