Liberal Studies B.A.

  1. Students will articulate their mission as a teacher in the context of their Christian faith through written and verbal modes of expression including reflective essays, a Christian faith integration paper, and class discussions.
  2. Students will demonstrate understanding of the various philosophies of education and be able to articulate their own personal philosophies in integrative papers and class discussions.
  3. Students will apply their knowledge of cultural diversity through fieldwork, oral presentations, and writing projects.
  4. Students will demonstrate their use of information literacy to support student learning by applying technology skills to collaborative online writing projects and objective exams.
  5. Students will apply their understanding of the state teaching profession standards by completing field experience observations and writing assignments.
  6. Students will apply their working knowledge of the foundations of the teaching profession through field experience.
Core Curriculum Requirements 143
Liberal Studies Core Major Requirements67
Emphasis Requirements12
Total Units122

Liberal Studies Major Requirements 

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 2,33
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

Number of units required from the Core Curriculum not included in the major requirements below. 


EDUC-220C Researched Writing for Liberal Studies Majors satisfies one Core Curriculum English requirement.


Required for the CSET Waiver


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 Department 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 Schools-Non-Majors3
English/Social Science/Human Development (a minimum of 12 units)
ENGL-340Children's Literature3
EDUC-356Curriculum Methods in Elementary School Social Studies1
KINE-435Physical Ed for Elem Schools3
MATH-120Math for Elementary Teachers3
Science – 3 labs required (a minimum of 12 units) 1
Fundamentals of Biology for Non-Majors
and Fundamentals/Biology for Non-Majors Lab
Fundamentals of Earth Science
and Fundamentals of Earth Science Lab
or ENVR-205C
Introduction to Geology
and Introduction to Geology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Physical Science
and Fundamentals of Physical Science Lab
Additional Courses Required for Credentialing
ENGL-453Language, Culture, and Linguistics3
HIST-156CU.S. History3
POLS-155CAmerican Democracy3
Total Units40

Satisfies Core Curriculum Science requirement


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. 

Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a bachelor's degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of Liberal Studies. 

Study Abroad Participation: Students interested in participating in the university's Study Abroad programs are encouraged to reach out to the Global Education and Outreach Office for more information and collaboration in their academic course planning. Students using Education and Training Benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs are encouraged to also reach out to the School Certifying Official for more information regarding how benefits can be applied.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
MATH-115C Applied Mathematics and Personal Finance 3
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
EDUC-100 Introduction to Education 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
Year 1 Term 2
BIOL-100C Fundamentals of Biology for Non-Majors 3
BIOL-100CL Fundamentals/Biology for Non-Majors Lab 1
THEO-PLHDTheology Core Requirement 3
SOC-PLCRSocial Science Core Curriculum Reqm't 3
KINE-148C Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Lecture 3
HIST-156C U.S. History 3
Year 2 Term 1
MATH-120 Math for Elementary Teachers 3
FINA-PLCRFine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement 3
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
EDUC-213 Foundations of Dance for Elementary Teachers 1
EDUC-220C Researched Writing for Liberal Studies Majors 3
Year 2 Term 2
POLS-155C American Democracy 3
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
PSCI-216C Fundamentals of Physical Science 3
PSCI-216CL Fundamentals of Physical Science Lab 1
EDUC-242 Pedagogy/Practice in Theatre for Youth 3
HIST-PLCR2History Core Requirement (World Civ) 3
Year 3 Term 1
ENGL-230C Literature and the Human Experience 3
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
EDUC-250 Intro to Early Childhood Education 3
EDUC-315 Teaching in a Multicultural Setting 3
EDUC-326 Child and Adolescent Development 3
Year 3 Term 3
ART-330 Art Techniques for Teachers 3
MUSC-337B Music for Elementary Schools-Non-Majors 3
ENGL-340 Children's Literature 3
EDUC-330 Integrating Technology in Classroom Teaching 3
EDUC-PLPR3Liberal Studies Program Requirement 3
Year 4 Term 1
EDUC-356 Curriculum Methods in Elementary School Social Studies 1
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
EDUC-PLPR3Liberal Studies Program Requirement 3
EDUC-PLHD6Lib Stud Emphasis Elct 6 Units 6
Year 4 Term 2
KINE-435 Physical Ed for Elem Schools 3
ENGL-453 Language, Culture, and Linguistics 3
EDUC-499C Senior Capstone in Liberal Studies 3
EDUC-PLHD3Lib Stud Emphasis Elct 3 Units 3
 Total Units120

CBEST Waiver Courses/ESM Waiver Courses (authorized by completion of qualifying coursework/CA Law, July 2021) include:  ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing ; MATH-115C Applied Mathematics and Personal Finance; MATH-120 Math for Elementary Teachers; ENGL-230C Literature and the Human ExperienceEDUC-220C Researched Writing for Liberal Studies Majors; ENGL-340 Children's Literature


YEAR ONE TERM ONE :: Provisional Standing Students will take CORE-101C College Success Strategies instead of CORE-100C. 


YEAR TWO TERM TWO :: POLS-155C American Democracy satisfies a Graduate Education program requirement. 


YEAR FOUR TERM TWO :: ENGL-453 Language, Culture, and Linguistics satisfies a graduate education program requirement. EDUC-499C Senior Capstone in Liberal Studies must be taken in the fourth year.