Liberal Studies

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College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Dean: Andrew Harris

School of Humanities & Liberal Studies
 

Liberal Studies Program

Humanities Building, Room 409
Phone: 415-338-6927
Web Site: humanitiesliberalstudies.sfsu.edu
Program Director: Cristina Ruotolo

Advising is by appointment. Contact the Liberal Studies Office to arrange an appointment.

Program Scope

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies requires 120 units for graduation. The 46-unit major has a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary curriculum encompassing all areas of knowledge in the arts and sciences. Many employers and professional schools prefer graduates with the type of richly diversified education that this major provides. A liberal studies program is also recommended as preparation for students who aspire to become elementary school teachers.

Before meeting with an individual advisor, students are expected to review the information in this Bulletin and on the web by going to humanitiesliberalstudies.sfsu.edu/student-advising.

Career Outlook

The Liberal Studies major prepares students for future employment in a variety of fields, including education, government or public service, the arts, management, communications, humanities and social sciences, and work involving multicultural communities. The teacher preparation emphasis provides the broad academic background necessary for teaching in an elementary classroom and as part of a student’s preparation for the CSET Multiple Subjects (California Subject Examinations for Teachers). The major is also appropriate preparation for various professional and graduate programs such as business, counseling, law, librarianship, medicine, and for disciplinary or interdisciplinary graduate programs.

Students interested in becoming elementary school teachers are strongly encouraged to choose the Liberal Studies major with Teacher Preparation Emphasis described under the Requirements tab under “Recommended Major Program and Additional Subject Matter Preparation for Students Pursuing the Multiple Subject Credential.”

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - 46 Units

  • Each student should consult with an advisor at least once a year to discuss the major, selection of courses, and preparation of the planning worksheet.
  • Liberal Studies majors who successfully complete LS 300GW in Spring 2009 or thereafter will have satisfied the University Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).
  • For additional information on the program as well as a complete list of approved emphasis courses, go to humanitiesliberalstudies.sfsu.edu/.
  • Before beginning the core courses, students should have completed ENG 214 or equivalent (e.g., AFRS 214, or ENG 1B at a community college).
  • A course may be used for only one purpose within the major. For example, if a course is used in the core, it may not be used in the Emphasis Pattern or in the Elective Units on Advisement.

Transfer Courses Included in the Liberal Studies Major

With advisor and advising coordinator approval, courses transferred from other institutions may be used to fulfill the Core requirements of the major if they are upper division and equivalent in content to the courses required in the major. Lower and/or upper division courses transferred from other institutions may be used in the Emphasis Pattern so long as at least six units are upper division and the content of the courses is equivalent. Lower and/or upper division courses transferred from other institutions may be used in the Units on Advisement category. All residence requirements stipulated in the Bulletin must be met.

Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement in order to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

Grading

A maximum of two courses in the major may be taken for a CR grade.

Professor

Ferreira

Associate Professors

Augsburg, de Barros, Hennessy

Assistant Professor

Sousanis

Liberal Studies (B.A.) — 46 units

Note: the courses that appear below are approved for the major. In the event that approved courses are not offered, substitutions may be made on advisement. All units must be upper division.

Required Core Courses

Before beginning the core courses, students should have completed ENG 214 or equivalent (e.g. AFRS 214, or ENG 1B at a community college). LS 300GW introduces important concepts of interdisciplinary study and should be taken either before or concurrently with the Area Core Courses, usually no later than the junior year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all Area Core Courses before taking LS 690, the culminating experience for the major, in the senior year.

Please note: the courses that appear below are approved for the major. In the event that approved courses are not offered, substitutions may be made on advisement.

Introduction to Liberal Studies (3 units)

LS 300GWPerspectives on Liberal Studies - GWAR (Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.)3

Area I—Communication, Language, and Literature (7 units)

Select one course from the Literature list of courses, and one course from the Communication Studies list of courses.

Literature

Select one course from the following:
AA S 322Chinese American Language and Literature3
AA S 332Japanese American Art and Literature3
AA S 352Filipina/o American Literature, Art, and Culture3
AA S 372Vietnamese American Literature3
AA S 512Asian American Children's/Adolescent Literature3
AFRS 411African and African American Literature3
CWL 440Typical American": Narratives of Multiculturalism in the Americas from 1492 to the Present3
ENG 398Greek American Literature3
ENG 528American Literature: 1914-19603
ENG 535Literature and Ecology3
ENG 554Modern American Novel3
ENG 555The Short Story3
ENG 583Shakespeare: Representative Plays3
ENG 584Shakespeare-Selected Plays3
ENG 614Women in Literature: Authors and Characters3
ENG 631Post-Colonial Literature in English3
ENG 636Greek and Roman Myth and Modern Literature3
ENG 655Literature and the Adolescent Reader3
LTNS 560Contemporary Latina/o Literature3
RRS/ARAB 450Contemporary Arabic and Arab American Literature3
WGS 541Women Writers and Social Change3
WGS 548Literature by U.S. Women of Color3
WGS 551Queer Literatures and Media3

Communication Studies

Select one course from the followng:
COMM 351Public Speaking4
COMM 352Women and Words4
COMM 353Speech for the Classroom Teacher4
COMM 362Introduction to Oral Interpretation4
COMM 363Oral Interpretation of the First Person Voice4
COMM 364Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature4
COMM 365Argumentation and Debate4
COMM 366Persuasion4
COMM 521Group Discussion4

Area II—Life Science, Physical Science, and Mathematics (6 units)

Select one course from the Life Science list of courses, and one course from the Physical Science list of courses.

Life Science

Select one course from the following:
LS 430Future of the Forests3
BIOL 300Nature Study3
BIOL 310Biology for Today's World3
BIOL 313Principles of Ecology3
BIOL 318Our Endangered Planet3
BIOL 326Disease!3
BIOL 327AIDS: Biology of the Modern Epidemic3
BIOL 330Human Sexuality (BIOL 322 is not a substitute)3

Physical Science

Select one course from the following (or approved alternative):
LS 309Physical Sciences for Elementary School Teachers3
CHEM 380Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution (Prerequisite: CHEM 115)3
ERTH 310The Violent Earth3
ERTH 325Geology of the National Parks3
ERTH 330California Water3
ERTH 335Global Warming3
ERTH 360California Weather Events3
ERTH 365Extreme Weather in a Warming World3

Area III—Behavioral and Social Sciences (6 units)

LS 400
LS 401
Social Sciences Core I
and Social Sciences Core II
6

Area IV—Creative Arts and Humanities (6 units)

HUM 425
LS 426
Thought and Image: Humanities
and Thought and Image: Creative Arts
6

Culminating Experience (3 units)

LS 690Liberal Studies Senior Seminar (LS 300GW is a prerequisite)3

Emphasis Pattern Beyond the Core (12 units)

A minimum of 12 semester units beyond the core must be taken with liberal studies advisor approval, with at least 6 units completed at the upper division level. Students may choose to complete an approved minor in lieu of an area of emphasis. Refer to the Liberal Studies website (humanitiesliberalstudies.sfsu.edu) and consult with a major advisor regarding possible emphases.

Teacher Preparation Emphasis

Students interested in becoming elementary school teachers are strongly encouraged to choose the Liberal Studies major with Teacher Preparation Emphasis described below under “Recommended Major Program and Additional Subject Matter Preparation for Students Pursuing the Multiple Subject Credential.”

Area I: Communication, Language, and Literature

  • English Language: Literature, Language, and Communication
  • Literature and Oral Performance
  • Languages and Literatures Other Than English
    • Chinese
    • Classical Languages
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Russian
    • Spanish

Area II: Life Science, Physical Science, and Mathematics

  • Earth and Space Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy

Area III: Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Geography
  • Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Urban Studies

Area IV: Creative Arts and Humanities

  • Creative Arts
  • Humanities
    • American Cultural Studies
    • Asian Cultural Studies
    • Cities Studies
    • Cross-cultural Studies
    • European Cultural Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religion

Integrated Studies

  • Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
  • California Studies
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Gender, Culture, and Representation
  • Jewish Studies
  • Multidisciplinary Ethnic Studies

Units on Advisement (3 units)

Students must select a minimum of 3 additional units. These units may be either lower or upper division and must be approved by a liberal studies advisor. The course should be related to the student’s interests and educational, professional, or career goals. No units are required if completing the Teacher Preparation Emphasis or a minor.

Elementary Teaching Preparation Emphasis

Recommended major program and additional subject matter preparation for students pursuing the Multiple Subject Credential

Future elementary school teachers are expected to be familiar with all of the subject matter taught in schools. Students seeking the Multiple Subject Credential must pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects examination. To support your preparation for the CSET, students are advised to complete the subject matter preparation program, which includes the liberal studies major with the Elementary Teaching Preparation Emphasis. The additional subject matter program does not waive the CSET, but serves as a preparation program for the CSET and for elementary school teaching.

Students interested in becoming elementary or special education teachers should also attend an information meeting given by the Credential and Graduate Services Center. At the meeting, students learn all of the credential program admission requirements. Call 415-405-3594 for more information. General information about teaching careers may be found at the Credential and Graduate Services Center in BH 244.

Core Courses

Before beginning the core courses, students should have completed ENG 214 or equivalent (e.g. AFRS 214,  or ENG 1B at a community college). LS 300GW introduces important concepts of interdisciplinary study and should be taken either before or concurrently with the Area Core Courses, usually no later than the junior year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all Area Core Courses before taking LS 690 the culminating experience for the major, in the senior year.

Please note: the courses that appear below are approved for the major. In the event that approved courses are not offered, substitutions may be made on advisement.

Elementary Teaching Preparation Emphasis

Introduction to Liberal Studies

LS 300GWPerspectives on Liberal Studies - GWAR (Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.)3

Area I—Communication, Language, and Literature

Literature

Select one of the following or approved alternative:
AA S 512Asian American Children's/Adolescent Literature3
CWL 400GWApproaches to Comparative and World Literature - GWAR3
CWL 440Typical American": Narratives of Multiculturalism in the Americas from 1492 to the Present3
ENG 475Fundamentals of Literary Analysis3
ENG 636Greek and Roman Myth and Modern Literature3
ENG 655Literature and the Adolescent Reader3

Communication Studies

Select one of the followng or approved alternative:
COMM 353Speech for the Classroom Teacher4
COMM 364Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature4

Area II—Life Science, Physical Science, and Mathematics

Life Science
BIOL 310Biology for Today's World (or approved alternative)3
Physical Science
LS 309Physical Sciences for Elementary School Teachers (or approved alternative)3

Area III—Behavioral and Social Sciences

History/California
Select one of the following:3
Kalifia: The Black Heritage of California
Perspectives of Native California Indians
Asian Americans in California
Environmental Problems and Solutions
History of California
Latina/os in California
Social Sciences Core II
Psychocultural/Family Studies/Human Development
Select one of the following:3
Black Child Development
Chinese American Identities
Japanese American Identities
Asian Americans of Mixed Heritages
Children and Families
American Childhoods: Past and Present
Childhood, Nature, and Society
Child Development
Mixed Race Studies: A Comparative Focus
Social Sciences Core I
Perspectives on American Culture
Families and Society

Area IV—Creative Arts and Humanities

HUM 425
LS 426
Thought and Image: Humanities
and Thought and Image: Creative Arts
6

Culminating Experience

LS 690Liberal Studies Senior Seminar (LS 300GW is a prerequisite)3

Elementary Teaching Preparation Emphasis (15 units)

MATH 165
MATH 565
Concepts of the Number System
and Concepts of Geometry, Measurement, and Probability (or approved alternative)
6
Select three of the following or approved alternative:9
EDUC 450Art for Children3
Promoting Young Children's Social and Emotional Development
World History to 1500
Elementary School Physical Education, K-5
Music for Children
Storytelling and Folk Literature

Complementary Studies

All students completing a B.A. degree must satisfy the 12 unit Complementary Studies requirement. Students who complete the Liberal Studies major will automatically satisfy complementary studies with 12 units of courses outside of the Liberal Studies prefix (LS) and not cross-listed with LS. Students must consult with an advisor to identify the courses that will be used to satisfy the requirement.

Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and/or SF State units can best be applied to this requirement in order to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

General Education Requirements

Requirement Course Level Units Area Designation
Oral Communication LD 3 A1
Written English Communication I LD 3 A2
Critical Thinking LD 3 A3
Written English Communication II LD 3 A4
Physical Science LD 3 B1
Life Science LD 3 B2
Lab Science LD 1 B3
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning LD 3 B4
Arts LD 3 C1
Arts or Humanities LD 3 C1 or C2
Humanities: Literature LD 3 C3
Social Sciences LD 3 D1
Social Sciences: US History LD 3 D2
Social Sciences: US & CA Governement LD 3 D3
Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (LLD) LD or UD 3 E
Physical and/or Life Science UD 3 UD-B
Arts and/or Humanities UD 3 UD-C
Social Sciences UD 3 UD-D
SF State Studies
Courses certified as meeting the SF State Studies requirements may be upper or lower division in General Education (GE), in a major or minor, or may be an elective.
American Ethnic and Racial Minorities (AERM) LD or UD 3
Environmental Sustainability (ES) LD or UD 3
Global Perspectives (GP) LD or UD 3
Social Justice (SJ) LD or UD 3

Note: LD = lower division; UD = upper division.

This degree program is an approved pathway (“similar” major) for students earning the ADT in Elementary Teacher Education

California legislation SB 1440 (2009), mandated the creation of the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) to be awarded by the California Community Colleges. Two types of ADTs are awarded: Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T). Note: no specific degree is required for admission as an upper division student. However, the ADT includes specific guarantees related to admission and graduation, and is designed to clarify the transfer process and strengthen lower division preparation for the major.

An ADT totals sixty units and includes completion of all lower division GE and at least eighteen units in a specific major. Students pursuing an ADT are guaranteed admission to the CSU if minimum eligibility requirements are met, though not necessarily to the CSU campus of primary choice.

Upon verification that the ADT has been awarded prior to matriculation at SF State, students are guaranteed B.A. or B.S. completion in 60 units if pursuing a “similar” major after transfer. Determinations about “similar” majors at SF State are made by faculty in the discipline.

Degree completion in 60 units cannot be guaranteed when a student simultaneously pursues an additional major, a minor, certificate, or credential.

A sample advising roadmap for students who have earned an ADT and is continuing in this major at SF State is available on the Roadmaps tab and displays

  • How many lower division units required for the major have been completed upon entry based on award of a specific ADT;
  • Which lower division requirements are considered complete upon entry based on award of a specific ADT;
  • How to complete the remaining 60 units for the degree in four semesters.

Students who have earned an ADT should seek advising in the major department during the first semester of attendance.

General Advising Information for Transfer Students

  1. Before transfer, complete as many lower division requirements or electives for this major as possible.
  2. The following courses are not required for admission but are required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to complete these units before transfer; doing so will provide more flexibility in course selection after transfer.
    • a course in U.S. History
    • a course in U.S. & California government
    • a 2nd-semester course in written English composition

For information about satisfying the requirements described in (1) and (2) above at a California Community College (CCC), go to http://assist.org Check any geographically accessible CCCs; sometimes options include more than one college. Use ASSIST to determine

  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy any lower division major requirements for this major
  • Which courses at a CCC satisfy CSU GE, US History, and US & CA Government

Remedial courses are not transferable and do not apply to the minimum 60 units/90 quarters required for admission.

Additional units for courses that are repeated do not apply to the minimum 60 units required for upper division transfer (for example, if course was not passed on first attempt, or was taken to earn a better grade).

Before leaving the last California community college of attendance, obtain a summary of completion of lower division General Education units (IGETC or CSU GE Breadth). This is often referred to as a GE certification worksheet. SF State does not require delivery of this certification to Admissions, but students should retain this document for verifying degree progress after transfer.

Credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or College-Level Examination Program courses: AP/IB/CLEP credit is not automatically transferred from the previous institution. Units are transferred only when an official score report is delivered to SF State. Credit is based on the academic year during which exams were taken. Refer to the University Bulletin in effect during the year of AP/IB/CLEP examination(s) for details regarding award of credit for AP/IB/CLEP.

Students pursuing majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines often defer 6-9 units of lower division general education in areas C and D until after transfer in order to focus on preparation courses for the major. (This advice does not apply to students pursuing associate degree completion before transfer.)

Transferring from institutions other than CCCs or CSUs

Review SF State's lower division General Education requirements. As described above, the four basic skills courses required for admission meet A1, A2, A3 and B4 in the SF State GE pattern. Courses that fulfill the remaining areas of SF State’s lower division GE pattern are available at most two-year and four-year colleges and universities.

Of the four required basic skills courses, a course in critical thinking (GE A3) may not be widely offered outside the CCC and CSU systems. Students should attempt to identify and take an appropriate course no later than the term of application to the CSU. Review more information about the A3 requirement here.

Identify and complete a 2nd-semester written English composition course before transfer. This is usually the next course after the typical “freshman comp” course, with a focus on writing, reading and critical analytical skills for academic purposes, and developing skills in composing, revising, and the use of rhetorical strategies.

Waiting until after transfer to take a single course at SF State that meets both US and CA/local government requirements may be an appropriate option, particularly if transferring from outside of California.

All students must meet the transfer eligibility requirements outlines below for admission. For more information, visit the Undergraduate Admissions section.

  • Complete 60 or more transferable semester units or 90 or more quarter units
  • Earn a college grade point average of 2.00 or better in all transferable courses. Non-local area residents may be held to a higher GPA standard.
  • Be in good standing at the last college or university attended
  • Complete 30 semester units (45 quarter units) of general education, including four basic skills courses:
    1. One course in oral communication (same as CSU GE area A1)
    2. One course in written composition (same as CSU GE area A2)
    3. One course in critical thinking (same as CSU GE area A3)
    4. One course in mathematics or quantitative reasoning, with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite (same as CSU GE area B4)
  • The four basic skills courses and minimum of 60 transferable semester units (90 quarter units) must be completed by the spring semester prior to fall admission, or by the fall semester prior to spring admission. Earn a "C" or better grade in each basic skills course.