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    CSU East Bay
   
 
  Dec 15, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog

Liberal Studies, Teacher Preparation Option B.A. (also including BPEP Pathway)


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Department & Faculty Information  

Liberal Studies (B.A.) 180 units


Program Description

The Liberal Studies Major aims to provide a rich educational experience through coursework in a broad range of academic disciplines. The student is guaranteed a breadth of academic experience, as well as depth in a single field. The Bachelors Plus: Early Pathway Liberal Studies/Credential Program (BPEP)  offers selected students interested in a teaching career an opportunity for concurrent subject matter and professional preparation. Also, see the Multiple Subject Credential: Blended Liberal Studies Major (Bachelor's Plus Early Pathway)  for additional requirements.

The broad-based, interdisciplinary nature of Liberal Studies provides a knowledge base and the communication and analytical skills appropriate to many careers and occupations. Hence, the Liberal Studies major is excellent preparation not only for teaching, but for graduate work, for law school, and for employment in business and government.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating with a B.A. in Liberal Studies from Cal State East Bay will be able to:

  1. demonstrate solid understanding of major contemporary global issues about individuals, society, and nature, by integrating interdisciplinary knowledge of humanities, social science, and natural science, with more in-depth understanding of one specialized subject area or discipline;
  2. apply critical methods of different disciplines to critically thinking about these issues;
  3. communicate ideas clearly and persuasively in speech and writing;
  4. work with others in teams collaboratively and productively, showing sensitivity and respect for others, and readiness to learn from others;
  5. demonstrate commitment to promoting social justice, diversity, democratic values, and sustainable environment.

Career Opportunities

  • Administrator
  • Business Executive
  • Civil Servant
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Human Resources Administrator
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Manager
  • Non-profit and Social Advocacy Organizations
  • Personnel Representative
  • Salesperson
  • Social and Human Services
  • Teacher (K-6, Pre-K, Early Childhood)
  • Writer

Features

The primary function of the Liberal Studies Office, housed in the CLASS (College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences) Student Services Center, is to provide timely and effective advising for completing the major. Friendly, experienced office staff, including four full-time academic advisors, are available to help at every step. Advising is available through individual appointments, either prescheduled, “drop-in”, or online.

Although the Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation Degree option is a multiple subject matter preparation program, there is no longer an exemption from the multiple subject test, which is now the CSET or “California Subject Exam for Teachers”. The Liberal Studies Teacher Preparation Degree option is aligned with Content Standards for K-6 curriculum and the CSET, and is, therefore, the best preparation for future K-6 teachers.

The Liberal Studies major is offered both day and evening, and on both the Hayward and Concord Campuses. However, Concord Campus and evening-only students may not find a full range of courses and options available to them.

Liberal Studies is also one of the majors available through the Cal State East Bay Program for Accelerated College Education (PACE). For information on PACE, see the PACE chapter in the undergraduate section of this catalog or call the PACE office at (510) 885-PACE (7223).

Major Requirements (B.A.) 76-143 units


The B.A. degree requires a minimum of 180 units.

  • The Core Requirements of the major consist of 8 units
  • The Option Requirements of the major consist of 68 - 135 units
    •    The Liberal Arts Option consists of 68 - 76 units
    •    The Teacher Preparation Option consists of 123 - 135 units
  • GE/USHG/UWS breadth consists of 84 untis (some courses may be double counted for different requirements - see your advisor)
  • Free Electives (if needed) will make up the remainder units to reach 180 minimum total units (see your advisor)

Note: Many courses in the Liberal Studies degree satisfy GE breadth requirements. Students must be certain to meet with a GE advisor to select courses satisfying GE requirements.

Core Courses (8 units)


All Liberal Studies students must complete the following courses.

Degree Option Requirements


The Liberal Studies major offers two options for degree completion.  Majors must choose one of the following options:

Teacher Preparation Option (123-135 units)


Students selecting the Teacher Preparation option must complete the following two components:

Required Courses 107 units


Note: As some of these courses may also be used to satisfy GE requirements, please consult with a Liberal Studies Advisor when selecting courses to ensure the most efficient progress toward degree completion.

ARTS


Choose one (1) course from EACH group for 16 units:

GRAMMAR & WRITING


Choose one (1) course from EACH group for 12 units:

SOCIAL SCIENCES


Choose one (1) course from the following for 4 units:

TEACHER PREPARATION


Depth-of-Study (DOS) Areas 16-28 units


The DOS requirement may be satisfied by completing one (1) of the following two (2) ways:

  1. Complete one (1) of the following five pre­approved areas listed below. In each of the areas, at least 16 units (for Teacher Preparation Option) or 20 units (for Liberal Art Option) must be unique to the DOS and may not be counted in any other areas of the Liberal Studies Major.
  2. In consultation with a Liberal Studies advisor, select at least 16 upper division units (for Teacher Preparation Option) or 20 upper division units (for Liberal Art Option) from any disciplines, except for courses with the GS (General Studies) prefix.  The 16 units or 20 units must be unique among the courses counted to meet the Liberal Studies major requirements and may not be counted in any other areas of the Liberal Studies Major. 

Special Education Area (25-28 units)


Complete 25-28 units from the following areas:

Course Descriptions


Use this link to see all Course Descriptions  available throughout this catalog.

Other Undergraduate Degree Requirements


In addition to major requirements, every student must also complete the University requirements for graduation which are described throughout this catalog. These include the General Education-Breadth requirements; the second composition (ENGL 1002 ) requirement; the cultural groups/women requirement; the performing arts/activities requirement; the U.S. history, U.S. Constitution, and California state and local government requirement; the University Writing Skills Requirement; and the residence, unit, and grade point average requirements.

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