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Liberal Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The B.A. in Liberal Studies (LBS) program at California Baptist University provides students an excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers, especially those who desire to serve in the elementary classroom.  LBS students cover a broad range of subjects in the course of fulfilling the programs general requirements.  As they progress through the program, students select a single subject aligned with their unique career goals as a concentration.  in addition, they may pursue many desirable double majors, such as Spanish or Music, to create additional career options.

Liberal Studies Major, BA

Option 1: Elementary Subject Matter Program 

Students will complete all major requirements, all Elementary Subject Matter Program requirements listed below, including EDU 300EDU 302ETC 305 and EDU 341 for the pre-requisite methods courses and earn the B.A. They do not complete professional methods courses or student teaching as an undergraduate student.  This option is specifically designed prepare students for the CSET and to meet the demands for teaching in a multiple subject classroom. 

 

Program Requirements

Candidates for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential will complete the state-approved Elementary Subject Matter Program, which meets the general education requirements and the liberal studies major requirements. This program also prepares candidates for graduate study in education. As a state-approved teacher preparation program, the requirements for the Elementary Subject Matter Program are subject to revision at any time by state or federal law. Students are required to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) or an approved state test to establish Subject Matter Competence for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential.

Liberal Studies Major, BA

Option 1: Elementary Subject Matter Program

Students will complete all major requirements, all Elementary Subject Matter Program requirements listed below, including EDU 300, EDU 302, ETC 305 and EDU 341 for the professional methods courses and earn the B.A. They do not complete professional methods courses or student teaching.

I. Reading, Language, and Literature/Communication (27 units)

ENG 113 Composition OR SAT II score of 600 or higher

ENG 123 Intermediate Composition

ENG 2— Survey of Literature 213-263

ENG 353 Children's Literature OR ENG 363 Young Adult Literature

ENG 463 Linguistics

ENG 475 Language Acquisition and Development

Language I*

Language II* (must be same language)

COM 113 Oral Communications

*Language requirement may be met by 2 years of high school language study with grades of B or higher.

II. Christian Studies (9 units)

CST Coursework in Christian Studies (6)

CST/ISP Coursework in Christian Studies OR International Service Project (3)

III. Math/Science/Technology - 2 lab sciences required (20 units)

BIO 143 Principles of Biology

MAT 125 Math Concepts and Applications I

MAT 127 Math Concepts and Applications II

PSC 133 Survey of Physical Science

PSC 151 Introduction to the Geosciences

Two of the following three science labs: BIO 143L, PSC 133L, PSC 151L

ETC 305 Educational Computing – Level I OR SSAT score of 600 or higher

IV. Social Science and History (24 units)

ANT 225 Cultural Anthropology

BUS 218 Macroeconomics OR POL 395 Political Economy

HIS 213 History of US to 1877

HIS 311 Minorities in America

HIS 393 History of California

POL 213 American Government

POL 415 World Geography

PSY 213 General Psychology

V. Humanities (9 units)

HUM 213 Integrated Humanities I

HUM 223 Integrated Humanities II

PHI 213 Introduction to Philosophy OR PHI 233 Basic Reasoning

VI. Visual and Performing Arts (8 units)

ART Applied Visual Art from the following: ART 201, 204, 232, 253, 315, 383, 401 or 415

COM/THE Communication Arts from one of the following: THE 133, 142, 311, 312, 313, 411 or COM 333

MUS 205 Music Development for the Classroom Teacher

VII. Health and Physical Education (6 units)

KIN 302 Contemporary Health Issues

KIN 363 Movement Experiences for Children

VIII. Human Development/Professional Development (6-9 units)

EDU 300 American Public Schools

EDU 302 Growth, Development, and Learning

EDU 341 The Exceptional Child or Elective

IX. Liberal Studies (1 unit)

LBS 499 ESM Capstone Portfolio

X. Concentration (12 units minimum)

A minimum of twelve (12) units must be completed in one of the following areas: Astronomy, English, Environmental Science, European History, Global Studies, Graphic Design, Human Development & Diversity, Human Development/Early Childhood, Human Development: Life-Span, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Music, Political Science, Science in Society, Spanish, Speech, United States History, Visual Arts, and others as approved. Three units from the major core courses may be applied to the concentration.

XI. Optional Professional Methods Courses for ESM Program*

Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher who are accepted to the Optional Professional Methods Program will complete the Elementary Subject Matter Program requirements listed below, required coursework for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential, along with their B.A. (Candidates must maintain a 3.0 GPA each semester to remain in the program.)

EDU 405 Teaching Math and Science

EDU 412 Teaching Language Arts and Social Studies

EDU 416 Teaching Reading and Phonics

EDU 440 Classroom Management and Discipline

*Students participating in the Optional Professional Methods Program may be eligible to apply for post-baccalaureate credit for the professional methods courses. See the post-baccalaureate policy in the academic information section of the catalog.

Option 2: Liberal Studies Major, B.A. (Non Credential Program)

Students with a GPA of 2.74 or lower or who elect not to complete requirements for the Elementary Subject Matter Program. Students are required to pass the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) or an approved state test to establish Subject Matter Competence for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential.

The Elementary Subject Matter Program is specifically designed to prepare students for the CSET and to meet the demands for teaching in a multiple subject classroom.

I. Language and Literature (27 units)

CST 110 Old Testament Survey

CST 130 New Testament Survey

ENG 113 Composition

ENG 123 Intermediate Composition

ENG 2— Literature (ENG 213, 223, 233, 243, 253, or 263)

ENG — Upper Division English

ENG 463 Introduction to Linguistics OR Upper Division Composition

Language I*

Language II* (must be same language)

*Language requirement may be met by 2 years of high school language study with grades of B or higher.

II. Mathematics and Science (17 units)

BIO 143 Principles of Biology w/lab

CIS 265 Information Systems Essentials OR ETC 305 Educational Computing

MAT 115 Intermediate Algebra or higher OR Math SATII IC score of 550 or higher OR IIC score of 450 or higher

MAT — Math higher than MAT 115

Lab Science other than BIO 143/143L

III. Social Science and History (27 units)

ANT 225 Cultural Anthropology

BUS 218 Macroeconomics OR POL 395 Political Economy

HIS 213 U.S. History I

HIS 223 U.S. History II

HIS — Upper Division History

POL 213 American Government

POL 415 World Geography

PSY 213 General Psychology

SOC — Sociology course (Upper Division recommended)

IV. Humanities (12 units)

HUM 213 Humanities I

HUM 223 Humanities II

PHI 213 Introduction to Philosophy OR 233 Basic Reasoning

PHI — Upper Division Philosophy

V. Visual and Performing Arts (8 units)

ART — Applied Visual Arts (3.0 units)

COM/THE— Communication Arts from one of the following: COM 113, THE 142, 311, 312, 313, 411 or 333.

MUS — Applied Music (2.0 units)

VI. Health and Physical Education (6 units)

KIN 302 Contemporary Health Issues

KIN 363 Movement Experiences for Children

VII. Professional Development (3 units)

PSY 320 Life-span Development OR EDU 302 Growth Development and Learning

VIII. Liberal Studies (1 unit)

LBS 498 Capstone Portfolio

IX. Concentration (12 units)

Twelve (12) upper division units must be completed in one of the following areas: Astronomy, English, Environmental Science, European History, Global Studies, Graphic Design, Human Development & Diversity, Human Development/Early Childhood, Human Development: Life-Span, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Music, Political Science, Science in Society, Spanish, Speech, United States History, Visual Arts, and others as approved.

Three units from the major core courses may be applied to the concentration.

X. General Education (3 units)

3.0 units ISP/Christian Studies

Concentration Requirements for all Liberal Studies Majors

*Three (3) units from the major core courses may be applied to the concentration.

Astronomy Concentration

PHY 213 Astronomy

PHY 213L Astronomy with Lab

PHY 301 Astronomy II

PHY 301L Astronomy II with Lab

PSC 133 Survey of Physical Science*

PSC 133L Survey of Physical Science Lab

All sciences in the core major courses must be taken with lab.

English

ENG 201 Introduction to Literature

ENG 313 Multicultural Literature

ENG 413 Shakespeare Studies

Three (3) upper division units in English*

Environmental Science

BIO 143 Principles of Biology*

BIO 302 Ecology with Lab

BIO 412 Topics in Biology (3 units)

SCI 412 Topics in Marine Science (3-4 units)

European History

Twelve (12) units from the following:

HIS 333 Nineteenth Century Europe

HIS 343 Twentieth Century Europe

HIS 353 Renaissance and Reformation Europe

HIS 360 Enlightenment Europe

HIS 415 The Ancient World

HIS 423 Medieval Civilization

Global Studies

Complete twelve (12) units from the following:

ICS 105 Introduction to Global Studies*

ICS 205 Models of Discipleship*

ICS 305 Global Perspectives

ICS 405 Marketplace Strategies for Global Advancement

ICS 430 Intercultural Communications

ICS 431 Cross-cultural Immersion

PHI 353 Comparative Religions

*A maximum of three (3) units may be lower division.

Graphic Design

Complete twelve (12) units from the following:

GDM 110 Fundamental Design*

GDM 120 Fundamental Typography*

GDM 130 Fundamental Image*

GDM 310 Intermediate Design

GDM 320 Intermediate Typography

GDM 330 Intermediate Image

GDM 450 Internship in Graphic Design and Digital Media

GDM 480 Web Design: html and css

GDM 499 Senior Project

*A maximum of three (3) units may be lower division.

Human Development & Diversity

ANT 225 Cultural Anthropology *

ANT 430 Culture and Personality

SOC 345 Sociology of Diversity

SOC 355 Social Stratification

Human Development/Early Childhood

ECH 320 Cognitive Development in Infancy and Early Childhood

ECH 340 Perceptual-Motor Development in Infancy and Early Childhood

ECH 350 Social and Emotional Development in Infancy and Early Childhood

EDU 341 The Exceptional Child*

Human Development: Life-Span

PSY 213 General Psychology*

PSY 305 Developmental Psychology: Child

PSY 315 Developmental Psychology: Adolescence and Adult

PSY 453 Psychology of Learning

Kinesiology

KIN 332 Lifelong Motor Development

KIN 363 Movement Experiences for Children*

KIN 402 Diversity in Sport and Physical Activity

KIN 454 Behavioral Aspects of Sport

Mathematics

MAT 127 Mathematical Concepts and Applications II*

MAT 135 Pre-Calculus

MAT 245 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I

MAT 245L Calculus Symbolic Language Lab

MAT 363 History of Math and Theory of Numbers

Music

Prerequisites Courses**

MUS 114 Music Theory I

MUS 115 Musicianship Lab I

MUS 124 Music Theory II

MUS 125 Musicianship Lab II

**Competency in prerequisites may be demonstrated through transfer work, AP Exam or CBU placement exam.

Concentration Courses

MUS 080 Private Instruction (3 units)

MUS 080 Private Instruction: Guitar (1 unit)

MUS 205 Music Development for the Classroom Teacher

MUS 282 Music Technology

MUS 302 Music in Global Cultures*

MUS 312 Basic Conducting

MUS 485 Elementary Music Methods

Political Science

POL 223 State and Local Government

POL 390 Congress and the Presidency

POL 427 American Political Thought

POL 465 Policy Process and Analysis

Science in Society

PSC 133 Survey of Physical Science*

PSC 400 Science and Technology

PSC 413 Lab Techniques for Physical Science Teachers

SCI 303 Science and Faith

Spanish

SPA 213 Intermediate Spanish I**

SPA 223 Intermediate Spanish II**

SPA 315 Oral Traditions

Three (3) additional units in upper division Spanish.

**Replace with upper division units in Spanish for students fluent in the Spanish Language.

Speech

COM 113 Oral Communications*

COM 308 Interpersonal Communications

COM 333 Oral Interpretation and Reader's Theatre

THE 363 Play Production

**Completion of THE 133, 311, 312, 313, or 411 in the core major required

United States History

HIS 213 United States History I* OR HIS 223 United States History II

HIS 474 The Young Republic

HIS 476 The Emergence of Modern America

HIS 478 Modern America

Visual Arts

ART 283 Painting I

ART 383 Painting II OR ART 300 Advanced Art

ART 385 Film as Art/Film as Culture OR ART 346 History of Modern Painting OR ART 430 Art and the Bible.

ART 415 Aesthetics and the Classroom

* Three (3) units from the major core courses may be applied to the concentration.

Reading, Language, and Literature/Communication (24 units)

SAT II score of 600 or higher

ENG 213-263 Survey of Literature

Christian Studies (9 units)

CST Course in Christian Studies (6)

CST/ISP Coursework in Christian Studies or International Service Project (3)

Math/Science/Technology - 2 lab sciences required (21 units)

Two of the following three science labs: BIO 143L, PSC 133L, PSC 151L

Social Science and History (24 units)

Humanities (9 units)

Visual and Performing Arts (8 units)

ART Applied Visual Art from the following: ART 201,204,232,315,353,383,401 or 415

COM/THE Communication Arts from one of the following: THE 133,142,311,312,313,411 or COM 333

Health and Physical Education (6 units)

Human Development/Professional Development (6 units) 

Liberal Studies (1 unit)

Concentration (12 units minimum)

A minimum of twelve (12) units must be completed in one of the following areas: Anthropology, Astronomy, English, Environmental Science, European History, Global Studies, Graphic Design, Human Development and Diversity, Human Development/Early Childhood, Human Development: Life-Span, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Music, Political Science, Science in Society, Spanish, Speech, Theatre, United States History, Visual Arts, and others as approved. Three units from the major core courses may be applied to the concentration

Option 2: Non-Credential Program 

This option is for students with a GPA of 2.74 or lower or who elect not to complete requirements for the Elementary Subject Matter Program.  Students are still required to complete all major requirements.

Language and Literature (27 units)

ENG 2- Literature (ENG 213,223,233,243,253, or 263)

ENG Upper Division English

Mathematics and Science (17 units)

CIS 265 OR ETC 305

MAT 115 OR Math SAT II IC score of 550 or higher OR IIC score of 450 or higher

MAT Math higher that MAT 115

Lab Science other than BIO 143/143L

Social Science and History (27 units)

SOC Sociology course (Upper Division recommended)

Humanities (12 units)

PHI Upper Division Philosophy 

ART- Applied Visual Arts (3 units)

COM/THE- Communication Arts from one of the following: COM 113, THE 142,311,312,313,411 or 333

MUS- Applied Music (2 units)

Professional Development (6=3 units)

Concentration (12 units)

Twelve (12) upper division units must be completed in one of the following areas: Anthropology, Astronomy, English, Environmental Science, European History, Global Studies, Graphic Design, Human Development and Diversity, Human Development/Early Childhood, Human Development: Life-Span, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Music, Political Science, Science in Society, Spanish, Speech, Theatre, United States History, Visual Arts, and others as approved. Three units from the major core courses may be applied to the concentration.