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Introduction | Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
Minor in Liberal Studies| Liberal Studies Courses
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DEPARTMENT CHAIR
James R. Hofmann

DEPARTMENT OFFICE
Humanities 214

DEPARTMENT WEBSITE
http://hss.fullerton.edu/liberal

PROGRAMS OFFERED

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
Minor in Liberal Studies

FACULTY
Emily Bonney, April Bullock, Ronald Clapper, Mark Fischer, Margaret Garber, Joseph Gonzalez, James Hofmann, Kevin Lambert, Rachel Lindheim, Edward Maine, Craig McConnell, Andrea Patterson, Angeles Sancho-Velazquez, Terri Snyder, Bradley Starr

ADVISERS
Emily Bonney, April Bullock, Ronald Clapper, James Hofmann, Craig McConnell, Terri Snyder, Bradley Starr

INTRODUCTION
Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary department that integrates concepts from the humanities and arts, the natural sciences and the social sciences. Some core courses trace the historical development of these areas of knowledge in their intellectual and cultural context. The broad framework of these courses will enable students to see the whole range of human knowledge. Other core courses compare and contrast the methods and underlying assumptions of the humanities and arts, the natural sciences and the social sciences, and explore the ways in which these disciplines communicate. The critical thinking and communication skills these courses develop provide students with the self-confidence that comes from being able to express one’s ideas clearly and effectively both orally and in writing. The core courses use a combination of lecture, discussion and seminar to make the student not only a well-rounded, well-educated person, but also a more independent thinker and a more creative human being.

The major in Liberal Studies is designed for students who desire the broadest possible liberal education: (1) as preparation for teaching all subjects in the elementary school classroom; (2) as an alternative approach to careers in business; (3) as preprofessional preparation for entry into professional schools in the health sciences, law, ministry, etc.; (4) as a means of obtaining specific occupational requirements that cannot be met from course work in a single department; (5) and as a source of personal growth and development.

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AWARDS IN LIBERAL STUDIES
The Outstanding Elementary Education Plan Student Award and the Outstanding Thematic Plan Student Award go to the outstanding graduating senior in each plan.


MULTIPLE SUBJECT CREDENTIAL PROGRAM
In addition to completing their B.A. in Liberal Studies, students seeking a Multiple Subject (Elementary) Credential need to enter a state-approved Multiple Subject Credential Program.

The Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies may be effectively combined with subject matter studies necessary for the multiple subject teaching credential (K-8). Undergraduates are encouraged to work with the Center for Careers in Teaching (714-278-7130) as early as possible in their academic careers to plan efficient course selections for general education, the major and electives. With careful planning, it may be possible to enter the credential program in the senior year of the bachelor’s degree. Postgraduate students should contact the Admission to Teacher Education office in the College of Education (714-278-3352) to obtain information on attending an overview presentation.


STREAMLINED TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
Designed for freshmen planning to be teachers, students in the Streamlined Teacher Education Program (STEP) combine their bachelor’s degree requirements with credential program courses to earn both the degree and the preliminary credential in an efficient, well-planned program. For a special education credential, one additional semester is required. Students in STEP complete the requirements for the bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development, Liberal Studies or Comparative Religion and the requirements for a Professional (preliminary) Multiple Subject Credential (for teaching elementary school) and/or an Education Specialist Credential (for teaching special education).

Students in STEP benefit from early field experience in K-12 classrooms, regular contact with faculty members from their major departments and from the education departments, and regular advisement and support throughout the program. Students in STEP also have multiple opportunities to meet and work with other students in the program, facilitating their social connections with other students with similar career aspirations.

Transfer students may also participate in STEP. To be well-positioned to participate in the program, they must seek advisement from their community college counselors as early in their academic careers as possible. Students in this program must take a particular pattern of courses to satisfy General Education Program requirements. Transfer students should check the Center for Careers in Teaching website for more information.

For further information about STEP, please visit the Center for Careers in Teaching (CCT) website at www.fullerton.edu/cct or visit the CCT directly in H 113.

Liberal studies seminar

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN LIBERAL STUDIES
The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies requires a minimum of 120 units which includes courses for the major, General Education, all University requirements, and free electives. The 27 units of core courses are required of all majors. In addition, students must take the 24-unit option under either the Elementary Education Plan or the Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan. Each course counted for the major must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher.

Core Courses (27 units)
Liberal Studies 300 Introduction to Liberal Studies (3)
Liberal Studies 301 Inquiry and Composition in Liberal Studies (3)*
History/Liberal Studies 302A Historical Dimension of Liberal Studies (3)
History/Liberal Studies 302B Historical Dimension of Liberal Studies (3)
Liberal Studies 303 Liberal Studies in the Humanities and Arts (3)
Liberal Studies 304 Liberal Studies in the Sciences (3)
Liberal Studies 305 Liberal Studies in the Social Sciences (3)
Liberal Studies/Philosophy 401 Knowledge in the Arts and Sciences (3)
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*Fulfills the course requirement of the university upper-division baccalaureate writing requirement for Liberal Studies majors.

One of the following Senior Seminars:

Liberal Studies 485 Senior Seminar in Cultural Diversity (3)
Liberal Studies 486 Senior Seminar in Humanities and Arts (3)
Liberal Studies 487 Senior Seminar in Evolution and Creation (3)
Liberal Studies 488 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies (3)
Liberal Studies 489 Senior Seminar in Gender Issues (3)
Liberal Studies 490 Senior Seminar in Great Books (3)
Liberal Studies 491 Senior Seminar in Literature and Science (3)

Sequence of Core Courses
Because the core curriculum is designed as an integrated whole and builds upon the student’s general education, there is an order in which these courses need to be taken and there are certain prerequisites for them. Introduction to Liberal Studies (Liberal Studies 300) and the Historical Dimension of Liberal Studies come first. The only prerequisite for Introduction to Liberal Studies is the completion of General Education Category I. The Historical Dimension of Liberal Studies 302A requires completion of General Education Category II.A, but transfer students who have not had a course in western civilization or world history will be able to take History 110A (110B) and 302A (302B) concurrently. The Historical Dimension of Liberal Studies 302A, with a grade of at least “C” (2.0), is a prerequisite for The Historical Dimension of Liberal Studies 302B.

The Historical Dimension of Liberal Studies 302B and Liberal Studies 301 Inquiry and Composition in Liberal Studies, are prerequisites for Liberal Studies 303, 304, and 305 because Liberal Studies in the Humanities and Arts, Liberal Studies in Science, and Liberal Studies in the Social Sciences pick up the historical developments where History of Liberal Studies 302B leaves off. Since the courses in these three areas also integrate what the student has learned from general education, completion of General Education Category III.B.1&2 (including Music 101 or an equivalent course or background in basic music theory) is required for Liberal Studies 303; completion of General Education Category III.A.1&2 is required for Liberal Studies 304; and completion of III.C.1 is required for Liberal Studies 305.

Knowledge in the Arts and Sciences and the Senior Seminar come last. Liberal Studies 401 or Philosophy 401 require the completion of Liberal Studies 304 and either Liberal Studies 303 or Liberal Studies 305. The Senior Seminar requires senior standing, the completion of 90 units of college work. Some of the senior seminars have additional prerequisites. Students may take whichever senior seminar they prefer.

The Elementary Education Plan (24 units)
The Elementary Education Plan, which is designed for students seeking an elementary or multiple subject teaching credential, provides academic preparation in many of the subject areas taught in the elementary school.

English 303 The Structure of Modern English (3)**
OR English/Linguistics 206 Language Structure and Language Use (3)

One of the following**
English 110 Literature of the Western World from Ancient through Medieval Times (3)
English 111 Literature of the Western World from the Renaissance through the 19th Century (3)
English 211 British Literature to 1760 (3)
English 212 British Literature from 1760 (3)
English 221 American Literature to Whitman (3)
English 222 American Literature from Twain to the Moderns (3)
Comparative Literature 324 World Literature to 1650 (3)*
Comparative Literature 325 World Literature from 1650 (3)*
English 341 Children’s Literature (3)*
    OR Theatre 311 Oral Interpretation of Children’s Literature (3)*
Mathematics 303A,B Fundamental Concepts of Elementary Mathematics (3,3)**
Geology 410 Physical Science Concepts (3)
    OR Biology 453 Life Science Concepts (3)

One of the following courses in Cultural Diversity in the Social Sciences*: Afro-Ethnic 304, 310, 311; American Studies 301, 395, 450; Anthropology 350, Asian American Studies 300, 340, 342; Chicano 305, 331; Geography 332; Human Comm 320; Sociology 357; Women’s Studies 302.

One of the following courses in Visual and Performing Arts: Art 380, Dance 471, Music 433, Theatre 402A.
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*These courses will also count toward meeting the upper-division requirement for general education.
**In exceptional cases substitutes may be made with the approval of the department chair.

The Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan (24 units)
The Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan (ITP) is designed for students who have broad interests that expand beyond the confines of a single department. For these students, the ability to construct their own area of interdisciplinary study by taking advanced course work in several disciplines may be more beneficial than restricting their study to one of the various majors offered by the university. The Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan does not duplicate any existing major, and does not consist of a random collection of courses. It is a well-thought-out, highly individualized group of courses that, even though they come from various departments, have a common subject, focus, or interest.

ITP students may center their course work on an academic interest or may select courses that prepare them for later professional training or for specific careers.

The Personalized Coordinated Program (21 units)
ITP students are allowed to select, in consultation with a liberal studies adviser, 21 units of upper-division course work from various departments for the purpose of pursuing an interdisciplinary problem, theme, or issue.

To ensure breadth of knowledge, ITP students are allowed to take (a) no more than 9 units from a single department and (b) no more than 15 units from a single area of knowledge (humanities and arts, science, social sciences). ITP students should have their study plan approved by a liberal studies adviser prior to taking course work.

The Senior Project (3 units)
To integrate and synthesize knowledge acquired through their Personalized Coordinated Program, ITP students must complete a senior project (such as a thesis or a creative work relevant to the theme of their Personalized Coordinated Program) by enrolling in three units of Independent Study (499) with a professor of their choice. During the semester prior to their enrollment in Independent Study (499), ITP students must attain the consent of a CSUF faculty member to supervise their Senior Project and must also get written approval of their Senior Project Proposal from a Liberal Studies adviser. Developed in close collaboration with the project supervisor, the proposal shall include a clear statement of the topic, a well-defined approach to the project, a preliminary list of sources, and a specific schedule for the completion of the project, including realistic due dates for drafts or other indications of progress. Written approval of the proposal by both the project supervisor and a Liberal Studies adviser must be achieved before the student will be permitted to enroll in Independent Study (499).

As part of the project approval process, all ITP students are required to attend at least one short Senior Project Workshop during the semester prior to their enrollment in Independent Study (499). Senior Project Workshop will feature presentations by ITP students currently completing their projects as well as a faculty-taught module on techniques and procedures for the successful completion of a research paper or similar project. The workshop provide opportunities for ITP students to learn and gain support from their peers and faculty. No Senior Project Proposal will be approved without proof of the student’s attendance at a Senior Project Workshop. In order to graduate, all ITP students are required to present a brief summary of their Senior Project at one of the Senior Project Workshops scheduled during their final semester.

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MINOR IN LIBERAL STUDIES

Students who wish to minor in Liberal Studies complete the following courses:
History/Liberal Studies 302A* The Historical Dimension of Liberal Studies (3)
History/Liberal Studies 302B The Historical Dimension of Liberal Studies (3)
Liberal Studies 303 Liberal Studies in the Humanities and Arts (3)
Liberal Studies 304 Liberal Studies in the Sciences (3)
Liberal Studies 305 Liberal Studies in the Social Sciences (3)

Total units required: 15 units. A grade of “C” (2.0) or better is required in each course.
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*Prior completion or concurrent registration in Liberal Studies 300, although a requirement for Liberal Studies majors, is not a requirement for Liberal Studies minors.

Students who minor in Liberal Studies are expected to attain a general understanding of significant concepts, themes and figures in the three general subject areas covered by the major: the arts and humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. Students learn to analyze, evaluate, and apply significant concepts, themes and arguments from the three general subject areas of Liberal Studies. Students should be able to recognize interdisciplinary connections among the three subject areas and synthesize parallel interdisciplinary connections among the three subject areas and synthesize parallel developments within them. They also learn to communicate effectively, in particular by being able to: (1) write clearly and correctly, and (2) analyze and present ideas and subject material coherently.

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LIBERAL STUDIES COURSES
Courses are designated as LBST in the class schedule.

LBST 100    Introduction to the Humanities

Description: This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the humanities as a set of related disciplines that apply conceptual, critical, historical, and linguistic analyses to advance our understanding of what it means to be human.
Units: (3)

LBST 101    Introduction to the Social Sciences

Description: This course surveys major topics in the social sciences in order to understand their systematic study of human behavior, to realize the connections among particular issues and approaches, and to reflect critically on modern life.
Units: (3)

LBST 300    Introduction to Liberal Studies

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category I. Focusing on the natural world as theme, introductory exploration of values and modes of inquiry and expression in the arts and humanities, natural and social sciences.
Units: (3)

LBST 301    Inquiry and Composition in Liberal Studies

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category I. Exploration of selected thematic interconnections between the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences through reading, discussion and composition. Satisfies the upper-division writing course requirement for majors in Liberal Studies.
Units: (3)

LBST 302A    Historical Dimension of Liberal Studies

Description: (Same as History 302A)
Units: (3)

LBST 302B    Historical Dimension of Liberal Studies

Description: (Same as History 302B)
Units: (3)

LBST 303    Liberal Studies in the Humanities and Arts

Description: Prerequisites: Music 101 or equivalent, History 302B, Liberal Studies 301, and completion of General Education Category III.B.2. An interdisciplinary approach to the humanities and arts which examines their purposes, structures and major developments in this century.
Units: (3)

LBST 304    Liberal Studies in the Sciences

Description: Prerequisites: History 302B, Liberal Studies 301, and completion of General Education Categories III.A.1. and III.A.2. An interdisciplinary introduction to the character and aims of 20th-century science, current theories and knowledge, and the role of science and technology in contemporary society.
Units: (3)

LBST 305    Liberal Studies in the Social Sciences

Description: Prerequisites: History 302B, Liberal Studies 301, and completion of General Education Categories III.C.1. An interdisciplinary introduction to modern social science in which major thinkers, ideas, movements and problems will be approached historically, comparatively and analytically.
Units: (3)

LBST 310    The California Experience

Description: Prerequisite: Completion of General Education Category III.C.1. This course examines seven themes in California studies. Students will explore the California experience through readings, films and music and three writing assignments that ask them to research one topic each in the arts/humanities, social sciences and natural sciences in California. (Same as History 310)
Units: (3)

LBST 333    Evolution and Creation

Description: (Same as Philosophy 333)
Units: (3)

LBST 401    Knowledge in the Arts and Sciences

Description: (Same as Philosophy 401)
Units: (3)

LBST 485    Senior Seminar in Cultural Diversity

Description: Prerequisites: senior standing, Liberal Studies 301 and 305, and completion of General Education cultural diversity category. An intensive interdisciplinary study of the historical and cultural experiences of racial and ethnic groups in America. Emphasizes student-led discussions.
Units: (3)

LBST 486    Senior Seminar in Humanities and Arts

Description: Prerequisites: senior standing and Liberal Studies 301 and 303. Intensive interdisciplinary study of selected topics in the humanities and arts. Integrates and builds upon previous classes in Liberal Studies and emphasizes student-led discussions.
Units: (3)

LBST 487    Senior Seminar in Evolution and Creation

Description: Prerequisites: senior standing, Liberal Studies 301 and History 302B. An interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between evolutionary biology and the theology of divine creation. Traces the development of both perspectives from the pre-Darwinian period to the modern era. Emphasizes critical reading of texts and student-led discussions.
Units: (3)

LBST 488    Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies

Description: Prerequisites: senior standing, Liberal Studies 301 and Liberal Studies 304 or 305. An interdisciplinary seminar involving the examination and analysis of environmental problems from the perspectives of the natural sciences and the social sciences. Students participate in class discussions and write papers on environmental topics.
Units: (3)

LBST 489    Senior Seminar in Gender Issues

Description: Prerequisites: senior standing and Liberal Studies 301 and 305. Intensive interdisciplinary study of gender issues in the modern period. Emphasizes student-led discussions.
Units: (3)

LBST 490    Senior Seminar in Great Books

Description: Prerequisites: senior standing, Liberal Studies 301, and History 302B. Intensive study of important books from early civilization to the present. Develops critical reading of texts, clear expression of ideas and integration of knowledge. Emphasizes student-led discussions.
Units: (3)

LBST 491    Senior Seminar in Literature and Sciences

Description: Prerequisites: senior standing, Liberal Studies 301, and History 302B. An interdisciplinary examination of the relationships between literary and scientific communities, and of literature as a forum for the critique, appraisal, and assessment of science in culture.
Units: (3)

LBST 499    Independent Study

Description: Prerequisites: consent of instructor and approval by Liberal Studies department chair. Individually supervised studies and/or projects. May be repeated once for credit.
Units: (1-3)

 

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