​​​​The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is a multidisciplinary degree program designed for students whose needs or interests require a more broadly based liberal arts curriculum than is possible through existing disciplines. Most students pursuing this major intend to become teachers in K-8 classrooms. To facilitate achieving this goal, the Liberal Studies program provides the subject matter content required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).
​​​The Integrated Concentration leads to both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Credential. It is designed for students who plan to become elementary, K-8, school teachers and who want to save time and money by working on the credential along with their B.A. degree. (Credential).
The General Concentration prepares students to enter the Multiple Subject (Elementary School) teaching credential program, generally during the fifth year of post-graduate study in the College of Education. This option is best for those seeking credentials other than the Multiple Subject credential, such as special education. (Pre-Credential).
Spanish Studies Concentration
The Spanish Studies concentration prepares students to enter the Multiple Subject (Elementary School) teaching credential program, generally during the fifth year of post-graduate study in the College of Education. This concentration is specially designed for those students interested in teaching English as a second language to children whose first language is Spanish. This concentration also prepares students to work in a bilingual/Spanish classroom setting. (Pre-Credential).
Liberal Arts Program
​​​​​The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts represents a broad, interdisciplinary approach to earning a higher education degree. The BA in Liberal Arts is designed for students, who might not necessarily desire a career in education, to obtain a multidisciplinary degree that is transferable to many of the needs of the twenty-first century. This Classical Liberal Studies Degree is the oldest in Western Academia. The program is useful for careers requiring a broad educational background and strong communication, computer, research, and critical thinking skills such as journalist, politician, attorney, and public relations. (Non-Credential)
Arts and Letters Track Update
The Liberal Studies Program - Arts and Letters Track was elevated to the Liberal Arts Program under semesters.
Program Learning Outcomes
PLO 1: Reasoning
Engage and show proficiency and competency in various types of reasoning practices that result in both internal and external reflection. These reasoning practices should include: Critical thinking, Analysis, Quantitative, Qualitative, Abstract reasoning, Computational, Processes, Assessment, Evaluation
PLO 2: Artistic Expression
Display an appreciation of and participation in creative, performing, and visual artistic pursuits in order to develop an aesthetic awareness and a sense of artistic and intellectual property to include public performance, exhibition, publication, or broadcast.
PLO 3: Community Engagement, Leadership, and Service Learning
Demonstrate a desire to effect positive social change through enacted leadership and advocacy by way of community engagement, service-learning, and the practice of compassionate emotional intelligence as an intellectually independent and accountable professional who embodies the practice of responsibility for participation for lifelong learning.
PLO 4: Communication
Display the ability to articulate and effectively connect across multiple audiences while justifying perspectives with sensitivity and awareness through verbal, non-verbal, written, non-written, digital, and other multimodal communicative approaches.
PLO 5: Professionalization
Preparation to include the creation and demonstration of innovative lesson plans, where appropriate, along with a completed resume, curriculum vitae, letters of interest, cover letters, and letters of recommendation. Professionalization preparation is also to include participation in an international/multicultural immersion experience and verified examples of leadership, service, and collaborative endeavors.
PLO 6: Applied Knowledge/Theory and Practice/Research
Demonstrate the ability to conduct meaningful research with competency and proficiency while utilizing properly cited critical and information literacies that result in the synthesis of process, creative problem solving, and the ability to move between discipline-specific, trans/interdisciplinary, integrative, and collaborative approaches.
PLO 7: Diversity
Understand the value of and contribute to an understanding of the vitality, advancement, and conservation of our culturally, linguistically, socioeconomically, and geographically diverse, yet, globally-connected society.
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