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Liberal Studies

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  • Liberal Studies Major
  • 75 Units
  • Fine Arts
  • 9 Units
  • ART 111: Experiences in Art
  • 3

This course will introduce students to the different components resulting in a finished work of art. Emphasis will be placed on experimentation with media and techniques used by professional artists during their progression from idea to finished product. Students will be given presentations in digital media that will serve as guidance for the class projects. A lab fee is required. This class is offered each semester.

  • MUS 461: Music for Children
  • 3

This course will enable students to identify, understand, and work with the music capabilities of children. The three (3)-unit course is required for music education and liberal studies majors and others interested in developing school music curricula and/or other special skills and projects. The two (2)-unit course is available to others primarily interested in preparing musical activities and cultivating classroom teaching skills. Basic music reading ability and musical experience recommended.

  • THR 111: Experiences in Theatre
  • 3

This activity-oriented course is designed to acquaint students with the ephemeral and experiential nature of the theatre including play-going, play-making (i.e., scene work), rudimentary play analysis, discussion, and direct participation in on-campus productions.

  • History/Social Science
  • 13 Units
  • ANT 210: Cultural Anthropology
  • 3

Understanding diverse cultures of the world, from preliterate societies to modern technological societies, is the focus of this course, and will include mankind's universal as well as adaptive dimensions; and the examination of socioeconomic, political, religious, and physical environmental factors that relate to the values and lifestyles of various peoples.

  • CHST 201: The West and the World
  • 3

This course will study the emergence and expansion of the major political, cultural, social, and economic developments in the East and the West from the dawn of Western civilization to the early modern era through the reading of significant texts and research-based writing, alongside lectures and class discussion. Co-requisite: CENG 201; permission from Academic Advising is needed to take CHST 201 as an unlinked course.

  • CHST 302: America and the World
  • 3

This course will look at the political, cultural, social, and economic developments in America and the world from the rise of the modern nation/state to the modern age through the reading of significant texts and research-based writing, alongside lectures and class discussion. Co-requisite: CENG 301; permission from Academic Advising is needed to take CHST 301 as an unlinked course. Prerequisite: (CTHL 101 or CTHL 200) and (CPHI 101 or CPHI 200) and junior standing.

  • EDU 304: History of Society and Education
  • 1

This course follows the course of the political, cultural, social and economic developments in American education and the world specifically in regard to the founding of US Educational systems and how immigration has affected it. The course will focus on reading significant texts, and research-based writing alongside lecture modules and online class discussion.

  • HST 478: History of California
  • 3

The history of California from earliest times to the present with an emphasis on its Hispanic heritage will be the focus of this course.

  • Human Development/Education
  • 9 Units
  • EDUC 101: Introduction to Teaching Careers I
  • 1

This introductory course to the field of education and the professional career of the teacher will include the following topics: characteristics of today's learners and of effective teachers and schools; California teacher credentialing procedures; and the university's teacher education program. Fifteen (15) hours of community service in a school or other educational organization serving children are required. Students must arrange their own transportation to the school or educational organization.

  • EDSP/EDUC 204: Introduction to Teaching Diverse Populations
  • 2

This course will present the historical and philosophical foundations of teaching in California schools through the broad examination of the California Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs). Through course activities students will develop awareness of the TPEs. Students are required to participate in 20 hours of fieldwork observation. Through these observations students will recognize the range of service delivery options for diverse populations of pupils. All fieldwork assignments are university assigned. Students are required to complete the observations during k-12 public school hours. Students must arrange their own transportation to the school site. Minimum grade of B- is required for those students applying to the School of Education. Prerequisites: Certificate of clearance; current TB (tuberculosis) test.

  • EDSP/EDUC 301: Typical and Atypical Development of Diverse Learners
  • 3

This course will present the major concepts, principles, theories, research, and applications related to the typical and atypical cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and moral development of children and adolescent pupils in inclusive classrooms. Students will learn the major concepts, principles, and research associated with human learning, achievement, motivation, conduct, and attitude as they examine the characteristics of exceptional persons with mild to moderate disabilities.

  • PSY 313: Developmental Psychology: Childhood
  • 3

The development of physiological and psychological aspects of human growth will be traced from birth through childhood in this course through an examination of the theories and research evidence as well as methodological problems as they relate to the growth process. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above.

  • Language
  • 18 Units
  • CENG 201: World Literature to the Renaissance
  • 3

This course will focus on critical thinking and research-based writing through comparative and interdisciplinary analysis. Alongside lectures and class discussion, the study of representative great works of Western and non-Western literature from Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance will emphasize the literary, cultural, and religious significance of these texts. Co-requisite: CHST 201; permission from Academic Advising is needed to take CENG 201 as an unlinked course.

  • CENG 301: World Literature from the Enlightenment
  • 3

This course will focus on critical thinking and research-based writing through comparative and interdisciplinary analysis. Alongside lectures and class discussions, the study of representative great works of Western and non-Western literature from the 17th century to the present will emphasize the literary, cultural, and religious significance of these texts. Co-requisite: CHST 301; permission from Academic Advising is needed to take CENG 301 as an unlinked course. Prerequisite: (CTHL 101 or CTHL 200) and (CPHI 101 or CPHI 200) and junior standing.

  • COM 111: Public Speaking
  • 3

This course will examine the principles and practice of effective oral communication and the analysis of the speaking-listening process with an emphasis on informative and persuasive speaking experiences.

  • EDU 435: Linguistic Development and Second Language Acquisition
  • 3

This course will provide an overview of child language development and second language acquisition for language-minority students as methods and materials that enhance language acquisition are presented, studied, and developed.

  • ENG 391: Children’s Literature
  • 3

As a survey of the history of children's literature, this course will examine a wide variety of children's books and related media and strategies for use in the preschool and elementary classroom. Prerequisite: ENG 201 or CENG 201 or CENG 301.

  • WRT 102: Writing and Research
  • 3

In this course students will practice research methods and a variety of writing strategies such as narration, description, exposition, argumentation, and develop skills as critical thinkers, readers, and writers through research, reading, writing, and writer workshops. Must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

OR

  • WRT 201: The Art of the Essay
  • 3

In this course students will explore the aesthetic range of the essay by reading selected works from a variety of authors examining them not only as objects for analysis, but also as models for stylistic experiments as students practice the art of the essay. Freshman placement by SAT or ACT scores.

  • Mathematics
  • 6 Units
  • CMTH 101: The Nature of Mathematics
  • 3

This course will guide students to gain knowledge about the nature of mathematics and develop their analytical reasoning skills to solve problems through topics such as number theory, probability and statistics, infinity, Non-Euclidean geometry, and general problem solving strategies; additional topics selected in dialog with the philosophy course. The overriding goals of this course are to develop a better perspective of mathematics and discover the power of mathematical thinking. Writing and projects, as well as traditional methods of assessment, will be used. Prerequisite: Intermediate Algebra or equivalent; Co-requisite: CPHI 101; permission from Academic Advising is needed to take CMTH 101 as an unlinked course.

  • MTH 301: Mathematics for Teachers
  • 3

This course is designed to meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) criteria for students studying to become elementary teachers and will include review of the topics within most elementary mathematics curriculum. The content areas covered will be set theory, pre-operational skills, whole number operations, estimations and mental calculation, number theory, fractions, decimals and integers, rational and real numbers, statistics, measurement, and geometry including terminology, polygons, similarity, congruence, coordinate geometry, symmetry, reflections, and notations with problem solving being emphasized throughout. Topics will be presented with appropriate styles of mathematical methodology and hands-on classroom activities. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing.

  • Physical Education/Health
  • 6 Units
  • ESS 105: Christian Wellness
  • 3

A foundational exploration into Christ-centered wellness and how to construct a comprehensive strategy to develop and maintain personal wellness in relationship with God.

  • ESS 340: Elementary Physical Education
  • 3

This is an instructional strategies course that will introduce students to movement and fitness education for children, including topics on the development and use of games and music to aid in children's motor development, and the integration of the principles of motor learning, motor development, and physiology of movement.

  • Philosophy
  • 3 Units
  • CPHI 101: Introduction to Philosophy
  • 3

This course will explore the study and practice of rational inquiry into fundamental questions about human wisdom, action, and creativity through the study of the traditions of Western philosophy through classic texts. Co-requisite: CMTH 101; permission from Academic Advising is needed to take CPHI 101 as an unlinked course.

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  • CPHI 200: Introduction to Philosophical Inquiry
  • 3

Examines topics related to the enduring question "What does it mean to be human?" through the lens of selected medieval and modern philosophers. Special attention will be given to argument analysis, evaluation, and construction. Topics may include the nature of body and soul, free will, personal identity, moral and intellectual virtues, and the like. Co-requisite: CTHL 200; permission from Academic Advising is needed to take CPHI 200 as an unlinked course.

  • Science
  • 11 Units
  • CBIO 101: Integrated Biology
  • 4

This interdisciplinary, topic-driven course will review relevant issues in biology (and other disciplines) as they relate to current times including biotechnology, protein synthesis, biodiversity, conservation, evolution, reproductive technology, etc. which are discussed using current scientific data and its relationship to current issues. This is a liberal arts science course and draws upon disciplines such as history, theology and philosophy. Lab time is included in the schedule. A lab fee is required. Co-requisite: CTHL 101; permission from Academic Advising is needed to take CBIO 101 as an unlinked course.

  • SCI 115: Physical Science
  • 4

Integrated, interdisciplinary introduction to chemistry, central science, and physics, the fundamental science, emphasizing key concepts, significant chemical and physical phenomena and practical applications together with a brief introduction to the historical, philosophical, epistemological and theological underpinnings of chemistry and physics in current Christian apologetic context. Prerequisite: CMTH 101 or MTH 201 or higher (concurrent registration). A lab fee is required.

  • SCI 301: Earth Science
  • 3

This is an introductory course to the position, motion, and properties of the solar system and cosmos including a survey of spatial concepts of the earth's crust, materials, structure, and the effects on the land forms, soil, vegetation, and natural resources. An overview of the atmosphere, its composition, and the processes that makes the earth's surface so dynamic will be included. Prerequisites: BIO 101 or CBIO 101; SCI 115.

Concentrations (12-15 Units)

Liberal Studies majors select an area of concentration from one of the content areas: Art, Child Development, Christ College, English, General Science, Global Cultural Studies, History - American Political Studies, History - European History, History - History of Ideas, History - Political History, History - Social History, Life Science, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Study Abroad, or Theatre. Only one course in the concentration may be used to meet other Liberal Studies requirements.


Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.


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