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: Major and Core (69-78 units)

The following requirements include courses for the major that are designed especially for Liberal Studies majors to prepare for the content tested in the CSET (California Subject Matter Competency) Multiple Subject tests. These courses also satisfy the general core requirements for the bachelor’s degree. Only grades of C or higher in Core and Concentration courses satisfy requirements in the major.

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
Written Literacy
ENGL 121Composition and Literature3
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 Logic3
 MATH 160 Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science
MATH 160 recommended for students whose concentration is in Mathematics
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/EOSC 116Earth and Life Science for Educators (Spring only, fulfills Life Science core for Liberal Studies majors only)3
Humanities and the Fine Arts
ENGL 231Children's Literature (Spring only, fulfills Literature Core for Liberal Studies majors only)3
HIST 117U.S. History to 18703
HIST 389History of California3
THEA 155Theatre in Education (Fall only)3
MUSC 200Comprehensive Musicianship for Educators (Spring only)3
ARTV 350Art Fundamentals (Fall only)3
Social Sciences
Must meet general core requirements from two different disciplines
Select two of the following:6
ANTH 101Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ANTH 102Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 103Introduction to Archaeology
COMM 101Introduction to Human Communication
COMM 130Introduction to Media Studies
COMM 203Public Speaking
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 102Principles of Macroeconomics
ETHN 100DIntro to Ethnic Studies
POLS 100Power and Justice
POLS 120Introduction to American Politics
POLS 150Introduction to Comparative Politics
POLS 170Introduction to International Relations
PSYC 101Introductory Psychology
SOCI 101DIntroduction to Sociology
SOCI 210DSocial Justice
SOCI 240DCrime and Inequality
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 460Legal Reasoning
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
PHIL 485Philosophy of History
PHIL 490Philosophy of Love
Theology & Religious Studies
Must meet general core requirements for one lower division, one upper division, and one additional lower or upper division course
Select from the following list:9
THRS 110Exploring Religious Meaning
THRS 112Introduction to World Religions
THRS 114Introduction to Catholic Theology
THRS 116Introduction to Biblical Studies
THRS 119Christianity and Its Practice
THRS 202Special Topics in Theology
THRS 203Special Topics in Religious Studies
THRS 312The Hindu Tradition
THRS 313Jewish Faith and Practice
THRS 314Buddhist Thought and Culture
THRS 315Islamic Faith and Practice
THRS 316The Daoist Tradition
THRS 317Religions of China
THRS 318Islam, Women and Literature
THRS 320Native American Religious Traditions
THRS 321Afro-Latin Religions
THRS 330Foundations of Christian Ethics
THRS 331Sexual Ethics in the Catholic Tradition
THRS 334Christian Social Ethics
THRS 335Catholic Social Thought
THRS 336Religous Peacebuilding and Reconciliation
THRS 341Christian Worship
THRS 342Christian Sacramental Practice
THRS 343Christian Marriage
THRS 353Early Christianity
THRS 354The Medieval Church
THRS 355The Reformation Era
THRS 356Catholicism in the United States
THRS 357Saints and Sinners in U.S. Protestantism
THRS 358Latino/a Catholicism
THRS 360Jesus in Christian Tradition
THRS 361Christian Understanding of the Human Person
THRS 362Christian Understandings of Salvation
THRS 363Belief and Unbelief
THRS 364Theology of the Church
THRS 366The Problem of God
THRS 367Feminist Theology
THRS 368Lantino/a Theologies
THRS 369Liberation Theology
THRS 370Gender and religion in the United States
THRS 371Cults and Sects in the United States
THRS 381The Five Books of Moses
THRS 382The Prophetic Tradition of Israel
THRS 383Gospels of Matthew, Mark & Luke
THRS 385Paul, the Man & his Message
THRS 386Johannine Theology
THRS 388The World of the Bible
THRS 390Holocaust: Death or God or Death of Humanity?

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
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 324Intermediate/Advanced Video Art
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 403Advanced Drawing/Painting Seminar
ARTV 420Digital Audio Composition
ARTV 429Intermediate/Advanced Painting
Communication Studies Concentration
COMM 203Public Speaking3
Select one of the following:
COMM 101Introduction to Human Communication3
 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:
COMM 422Family Business Communication
COMM 445Gender Communication
COMM 482Children and Media
COMM 483Teens and Popular Culture
Communication & Relationships Theme:
COMM 325Interpersonal Communication
COMM 326Nonverbal Communication
COMM 350Small Group Communication
COMM 422Family Business Communication
Culture & Global Communication Theme:
COMM 380International Media
COMM 432Film and Cultural Politics
COMM 475Intercultural Communication
COMM 488Global Team Development
Strategic Communication Theme:
COMM 353Organizational Communication
COMM 403Advanced Public Speaking
COMM 455Interviewing and Negotiating: Principles and Practices
COMM 460Persuasion and Propaganda
History Concentration
Select one lower division course (other than HIST 117):3
HIST 102The Ancient World
HIST 103The Medieval World
HIST 108The Atlantic World 1500-1800
HIST 109The Pacific World, 1500-1800
HIST 110World History Topics
HIST 115Topics in War and Peace in Historical Perspective
HIST 116War and Peace in the Modern World
HIST 118U.S. History, 1877 to the Present
HIST 120U.S. History Topics
HIST 125Race and Ethnicity in the American Experience
HIST 126American Women in History
HIST 130East Asia in Transformation
HIST 135Topics in the History of Culture and Identity
HIST 140Modern Europe
HIST 145Topics in Urban History
HIST 150Topics in Comparative History
HIST 155Topics in History, Literature, and Film
HIST 160Topics in History of Science and Technology
HIST 170Big History: From Cosmos to Cannibals
HIST 171Modern World History
HIST 180Great Moments in Time
Select one upper division European History course:3
HIST 312Roman Civilization
HIST 321The Fall of the Roman Empire
HIST 322Castles and Crusades: Medieval Europe, 1050-1450
HIST 324Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain
HIST 331The Global Renaissance
HIST 343History of Germany Since 1945
HIST 346Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
HIST 347Topics in Modern Europe
HIST 348France in Revolution and War
HIST 350History of the British Isles
HIST 354History of Spain
Select two upper division World History courses:6
HIST 358Topics in Modern World History
HIST 359Modern Middle East
HIST 361Modern Latin America
HIST 362Topics in Latin America History
HIST 363History of Brazil
HIST 364Topics in Asian History
HIST 365China: Rise to Global Power
HIST 366Japan: Samurai to Subaru
HIST 367Women's Lives in East Asia
HIST 368The African Historical Experience
HIST 369Topics in African History
HIST 372United States-East Asia Relations
HIST 384History of Mexico
Life Science Concentration
BIOL 190Introduction to Evolution3
Choose one of the following tracks consisting of three additional courses:9-11
Organismal Biology Track:
BIOL 221Introduction to Organismal Diversity
BIOL 221LIntroduction to Organismal Diversity Lab
BIOL 305Ecology
Choose either BIOL 225/BIOL 225L or an upper division course with appropriate prerequisites
Cellular Biology Track:
BIOL 225Introduction to Cell Processes
BIOL 225LIntroduction to Cell Processes Laboratory
BIOL 300Genetics
Choose either BIOL 221/BIOL 221L or an upper division course with appropriate prerequisites
Literature Concentration
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 and Contemporary European Literature
ENGL 368Modern British Literature
ENGL 374Gender and Literature
Marine Biology Concentration
EOSC 121Life in the Ocean4
 EOSC 123 Organisms and Ecosystems
EOSC 220Introduction to Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences (Liberal Studies majors must have completed MATH 115 and CHEM 105/PHYS 105)4
EOSC 432Marine Community Ecology4
 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 I4
Select two of the following:6-7
COMP 150Computer Programming I
MATH 112Investigations in Modern Mathematics
MATH 151Calculus II
MATH 160Logic for Mathematics and Computer Science (Also satisfies the general core logic requirement)
MATH 320Linear 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
ANTH 102Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 320North American Indian Cultures
ANTH 321DCalifornia and Great Basin Indian Cultures
ANTH 323DSouthwest Indian Cultures
ANTH 327South American Indian Cultures
ANTH 328Caribbean Cultures
ANTH 360Nautical Anthropology of California
ANTH 362Piracy in the new World
ANTH 364Surf Culture And History
ANTH 370Indigenous Religions
ANTH 380Cultural 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
MUSC 101DAmerican Music
MUSC 102DJazz
MUSC 106We Shall Overcome: Singing for Justice, Freedom and Peace
MUSC 109Introduction to Sound Arts
MUSC 130Music in Society
MUSC 140Music in World Cultures
MUSC 336Music Therapy
MUSC 340Topics in World Music
MUSC 420Digital Audio Composition
MUSC 424Art and the Soundscape
Performance Studies and Ensembles Requirement
Choose two units from:2
MUSC 105Class Piano I
MUSC 205Class Piano II
MUSC 107Class Voice
MUSC 108Class Guitar
Choose 1 unit from:1
MUSC 150Chamber Music Ensembles
MUSC 151USD Strings
MUSC 153Concert Choir
MUSC 154Opera Workshop
MUSC 155Jazz Ensemble
MUSC 156Band
MUSC 157Gamelan Ensemble
MUSC 158Mariachi 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
PSYC 230Research Methods in Psych
PSYC 322Social Psychology
PSYC 324DCross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC 328Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination
PSYC 332Learning and Behavior
PSYC 336Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 342Biological Psychology
PSYC 354Behavior Disorders of Childhood
PSYC 414Social Development
Spanish Language and Latin@ American Cultures Concentration
Recommended for Bi-Lingual Authorization
SPAN 301WWriting and Composition in Spanish3
 SPAN 311 Writing and Composition for Heritage Speakers
SPAN 304Cultural History of Latin America3
 HIST 361 Modern Latin America
Spanish - Choose one of the following courses:3
SPAN 303Introduction To Cultural Analysis
SPAN 304Cultural History of Latin America
SPAN 306Studies in Spanish Linguistics
SPAN 315L2 Teaching Methodologies and Applied Linguistics
SPAN 360Survey of Latin American Literature
Interdisciplinary Option - Choose one of the following courses:3
ETHN 343Chicano/Latino Studies
HIST 361Modern Latin America
HIST 362Topics in Latin America History
HIST 383Chicano/a History
HIST 384History of Mexico
POLS 357Politics in Latin America
POLS 374U.S.-Latin American Relations
Theatre Concentration
THEA 205Technical Theatre with Lab4
THEA 230Acting I3
Choose one of the following:3
THEA 220Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
THEA 302Acting II
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

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 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 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 318Development 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 PHYS 105Physical Sciences for K-8 teachers (Fall only)
Physical Sciences for K-8 Teachers
3
PHIL LD elective3
SOCI LD elective3
Semester II
BIOL 116 ENVI 116Earth and Life Science for Educators
3
MATH 115College Algebra3
LANG 1011st Semester Language3
PHIL 101Introduction to Logic3
MUSC 200Comprehensive Musicianship for Educators3
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
THRS LD elective3
Apply to the SOLES Credential Program 
Semester II
ENGL 231Children's Literature (Spring only)3
MATH 300Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers II (Spring only)3
LANG 201Third Semester Language3
SOCI LD elective3
Concentration3
Elective13
Junior Year
Semester I
PHIL 341Ethics and Education (Fall only)3
ARTV 350Art Fundamentals (Fall only)3
ENGL 318Development of the English Language3
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society3
Concentration 3
Semester II
HIST 389History of California3
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society3
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society3
THRS LD/UD 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
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To avoid taking 18 units in a semester, students must take one or more intersession or summer courses.

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