Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Liberal Studies Major 

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 495Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies (Spring only, must be taken within last 30 units of coursework)3
Mathematics
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)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 18773
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
EDTE 300PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling (Fall only)3
And take at least one of:3
Educational Psychology (Fall only)
Equity & Advocacy in Educational Systems (Spring only)
Total Units48

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
Introductory 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
Total Units:12
Communication Studies Concentration
COMM 203Public Speaking3
Select one of the following:
COMM 101Introduction to Human Communication3-4
or COMM 130 Introduction to Media Studies
Select two upper division courses:6
Total units:12

NOTE: The following clusters help organize student choices when they speak with the academic advisor, but do not reflect the concentration requirements. 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 Communication
Gender Communication
Children and Media
Teens and Popular Culture
Communication & Relationships Theme:
Interpersonal Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Small Group Communication
Family 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
Africa to 1800
Africa Since 1800
Race and Ethnicity in the American Experience
American Women in History
African American 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
History of Africa
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
Medieval Woman
Christians, Muslims and Jews in Medieval Spain
The Global Renaissance
Role-Playing the Renaissance
Europe 1600-1800
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
Victorian Britain and the World
Topics in Russian and East European History
History of Spain
Select two upper division World History courses:6
History of South Africa
African Feminisms: History, Negotiation, Belonging
Africa in the Western Imagination
Queering Colonialism: Bodies, Negotiation, Belonging
Topics in African History
Ancient Near East
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
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
Computational Problem Solving
Computer Programming I
Investigations in Modern Mathematics
Calculus II
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
Music for the Stage
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
Child Development Across Cultures
Social Psychology
PSYC 324D
Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination
Psychology of Gender
Learning and Behavior
Cognitive Psychology
Biological Psychology
Behavior Disorders of Childhood
Social-Emotional Development
Spanish Language and Latinx American Cultures Concentration
Recommended for Bi-Lingual Authorization
SPAN 301Writing and Composition in Spanish3
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
Phonetics and Pronunciation
L2 Teaching Methodologies and Applied Linguistics
Survey of Latin American Literature
Interdisciplinary Option - Choose one of the following courses:3
Chicano San Diego
Modern Latin America
Topics in Latin America History
Chicano/a/x History
History of Mexico
Politics in Latin America
U.S.-Latin American Relations
Latinoa Catholicism
Theatre Concentration
THEA 101Script Analysis3
THEA 230Acting I3
Choose one of the following:3-4
Technical Theatre with Lab
Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
Select one additional course from the following: 13-4
Technical Theatre with Lab
Fundamentals of Theatrical Design
Scenic Design
Lighting and Sound for Entertainment Design
Costume Design
Voice and Speech
Physical Actor
Theatre History 1
Playwriting
Performance Studies
Theatre of Diversity
Acting for the Musical Theatre
Directing and Stage Management
Classical Acting
Theatre and Community
Special Topics in Theatre

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
EDTE 300PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling3
EDTE 310PEducational Psychology3
EDTE 311PEquity & Advocacy in Educational Systems3

Methods Block

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

EDTE 301PMethods for Language & Literacy3
EDTE 302PElementary Methods I: Math & Science3
EDTE 303PElementary Methods II: Humanities3
EDTE 312PMethods for English Learners3

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. 

In addition to the Foundations and Methods courses above, the Special Education credential requires:

Methods Block: Special Education Coursework

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

EDTE 313PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 317PAssessment 3

Student Teaching Block

Courses taken concurrently.

EDSP 393SPracticum Seminar for Individual Induction Plan IIP2
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 YearUnits
Units
To complete the program of study (including a teaching credential) in 4 years, student must take 18 units per semester in 2-3 semesters or take courses in intersession and summer. 
Please note that completing the teaching credential coursework is not a requirement for completion of the Liberal Studies major. They are included in the plan of study to indicate where they fit in the sequence. 
Semester IHours
LBST 100Foundations in Liberal Studies3
FYW 150First Year Writing3
CHEM 105
or PHYS 105
Physical Sciences for K-8 Teachers
Physical Sciences for K-8 Teachers
3
Core3
Elective3
Semester IIHours
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
Core 
Sophomore Year
Semester IHours
THEA 155Theatre in Education3
MATH 200Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers I3
LANG 102Second Semester Language3
HIST 117U.S. History to 18773
Core3
Apply to the Undergraduate Teaching Credential Program (SOLES) 
Semester IIHours
ENGL 215Children's Literature3
MATH 300Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers II3
LANG 201Third Semester Language3
Concentration3
Core/Electives (2)13
Junior Year
Semester IHours
PHIL 341Ethics and Education3
ARTV 350Art Fundamentals3
EDTE 300PDiversity, Inclusion & Schooling3
EDTE 310PEducational Psychology3
Concentration 3
Semester IIHours
ENGL 377Development of the English Language3
EDTE 311PEquity & Advocacy in Educational Systems3
Core/Electives (2)3
Concentration3
Senior Year
Semester IHours
HIST 389History of California3
EDTE 301PMethods for Language & Literacy3
EDTE 302PElementary Methods I: Math & Science3
Concentration3
Core/Elective3
Start CSET Testing 
Semester IIHours
LBST 495Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies3
EDTE 303PElementary Methods II: Humanities3
EDTE 312PMethods for English Learners3
Core/Electives (2)3
Complete CSET Testing 
Senior Year 2
Semester IHours
Full time, full semester student teaching and seminar 
EDUC 490PStudent Teaching for the Multiple Subject Credential9
EDUC 490SStudent Teaching Seminar for Multiple Subject Credential3

Recommended Program of Study, Combined BA/MEd Teacher Education Program (CTEP) - Elementary Education Pathway

Liberal Studies majors may elect the Combined BA/MEd Teacher Education Program (CTEP) pathway offered jointly with the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, in which students earn the Liberal Studies BA, a preliminary Multiple Subject and/or Special Education teaching credential, and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in as little as five years. For MEd program information and course descriptions, please refer to the section in the Graduate Course Catalog for SOLES, Department of Learning and Teaching. Students who are interested in the CTEP pathway should consult with the Liberal Studies program director during their junior year. Applications are due in Fall of Senior Year.

Senior Year
Students follow the recommended plan of study grid above, with the following change to the Spring semester of their Senior year 
Instead of the two core/elective courses:* 
EDTE 317PAssessment 3
EDTE 452PClinical Experience: Extended Practicum3
* Students may apply these 6 units of coursework toward the requirements for both the BA and MEd degrees. 

Graduate Program - CTEP Elementary Education Pathway

First Year
Semester IUnits
In the Fall semester of the MEd program, students take: 
EDTE 513PPositive Behavior Supports for Family, School, and Community Engagement3
EDTE 514Educational Research Methods3
EDTE 553FClinical Experience 3: Student Teaching I3
An additional EDUC or EDTE 5XX elective3
Semester IIHours
In the Spring semester of the MEd program, students take: 
EDTE 515SCapstone Seminar 3
EDTE 516Technology & Learning 3
EDTE 554FClinical Experience 4: Student Teaching II3
An additional EDUC or EDTE 5XX elective3

The SOLES MEd programs have a global experience requirement. For CTEP students, this may be met at the undergraduate or graduate level, as long as specific criteria are satisfied.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2019-2020, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2019. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

LBST 100, LBST 495,

LBST 100 | FOUNDATIONS IN LIBERAL STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 1

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. Additionally, this course has been designed so that participants with different interests can shape their own learning and maximize their own intellectual and educational interests.

LBST 495 | SENIOR SEMINAR IN LIBERAL STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Advanced writing competency, Advanced Integration

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.