Liberal Studies B.A.

Core Curriculum Requirements45-49
Core Major Requirements64
Total Units124-128

Liberal Studies Major

The Liberal Studies program outlined below incorporates current core curriculum courses as well as additional content specific courses to meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) expectations for a Liberal Studies major.

EDUC-100Introduction to Education3
EDUC-220CResearched Writing for Liberal Studies Majors 1 23
EDUC-250Intro to Early Childhood Education3
EDUC-315Teaching in a Multicultural Setting3
EDUC-326Child and Adolescent Development3
EDUC-330Integrating Technology in Classroom Teaching3
EDUC-499CSenior Capstone in Liberal Studies3
Total Units21


Select six units from the following 3-unit courses:6
Language Acquisition in Linguistically Diverse Classrooms
Psychological Foundations of Education
Introduction to Special Education
Total Units6

Non-Liberal Studies Requirements 

Visual and Performing Arts (a minimum of 10 units)
ART-330Art Techniques for Teachers3
EDUC/THEA-213Foundations of Dance for Elementary Teachers1
EDUC/THEA-242Pedagogy/Practice in Theatre for Youth3
MUSC-337BMusic for Elementary Schools3
English/Social Science/Human Development (a minimum of 12 units)
ENGL-340Children's Literature3
HIST-356History and Geography of California3
KINE-435Physical Ed for Elem Schools3
MATH-120Math for Elementary Teachers3
Science – 3 labs required (a minimum of 12 units) 2
Fundamentals of Biology for Non-Majors
and Fundamentals/Biology for Non-Majors Lab
Fundamentals of Earth Science
and Fundamentals of Earth Science Lab
Fundamentals of Physical Science
and Fundamentals of Physical Science Lab
Additional Courses Required for Credentialing
ENGL-453Language, Culture, and Linguistics3
POLS-155CAmerican Democracy3
Total Units40


A minimum of 12 units12
Total Units12

Students must choose an emphasis from one of the following areas: Biological Science, Communication, English Literature, Early Childhood, English Writing, History and Political Science, Kinesiology (PE), Mathematics, Music, Physical Science, Psychology, Sociology, Special Education, and Theatre Arts. As a capstone experience to the emphasis, each senior Liberal Studies student will participate in a portfolio/performance/ demonstration assessment. Contact the Liberal Studies Department for details. 

VU Bachelor's Degree Programs provide Four Year Plans for students to reference as a checklist while they monitor their own progress through a program. The Plans are intended to present a well organized path through the program, as well as to illustrate options for flexibility when warranted. Refer to the footnotes for additional information about courses listed in particular years and/or terms.