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:
EDUC 381CMulticultural and Philosophical Foundations in a Global Society
EDUC 382Psychological Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society
Or for Special Education interest:
EDSP 389PHealthy Environments and Inclusive Education in a Global Society
EDSP 373PCollaboration 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
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
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 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:
BIOL 305Ecology
BIOL 361Ecological Communities of San Diego County
Cellular Biology Track:
BIOL 300Genetics
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
ENGL 321Literature of Race, Gender and Sexuality
ENGL 325Literary Theory
ENGL 329Topics 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
 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
 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
 MATH 130 Survey of Calculus
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 Sonic 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 Psychology
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-Emotional 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 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 PHYS 105Physical Sciences for K-8 Teachers (Fall only)
Physical Sciences for K-8 Teachers
3
PHIL LD elective3
Elective3
Semester II
BIOL 116 EOSC 116Earth 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
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To avoid taking 18 units in a semester, students must take one or more intersession or summer courses.

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.

LBST 100, LBST 400, LBST 495

LBST 100 | FOUNDATIONS IN LIBERAL STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

This course provides an overview of the teaching profession and explores a variety of issues relating to the modern classroom and student success. The course offers a variety of perspectives on education including historical, philosophical, social, legal, and ethical issues in a diverse society in addition to background knowledge in the organizational structure of schools. Topics broadly explore the purposes of schools in society and the knowledge, dispositions, and performances required to be an effective teacher today. Other topics may include academic policies and procedures; parents and community involvement in education; the role of technology in the classroom; study skills and content specifications and standards.

LBST 400 | SENIOR SEMINAR IN LIBERAL STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: LBST 100

The Liberal Studies major culminates in a capstone seminar in which the student will meaningfully connect the concentration area to course work taken and complete a semester-long research project. The student will demonstrate the ability 1) to reason and write clearly and analytically; 2) to comprehend writings on key questions and complex problems in the education field from an interdisciplinary perspective; and 3) to reflect upon his/her educational experiences in the concentration area and on his/her role as future educator. Each student will create an interdisciplinary research project that exemplifies an ability to integrate several disciplines (one of which must include the area of concentration) to examine a complex issue, problem, or phenomenon. One or more class presentations are typically required in addition to a substantial written work.

LBST 495 | SENIOR SEMINAR IN LIBERAL STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: LBST 100

The Liberal Studies major culminates in the capstone course in which the student will meaningfully connect the concentration area to course work taken and complete a semester-long research project. This is an opportunity to participate in an in-depth intellectual examination of an area of personal and academic interest. The student will demonstrate the ability 1) to reason and write clearly and analytically; 2) to comprehend writings on key questions and complex problems in the education field from an interdisciplinary perspective; and 3) to reflect upon his/her educational experiences in the concentration area and on his/her role as a future educator. Each student will create a research project that exemplifies an ability to integrate the area of concentration to examine a complex issue, problem, or phenomenon that in some way relates to their role as future teachers. One or more class presentations are typically required in addition to a substantial written work.