Liberal Studies Major

117-125 units

The liberal studies major gives broad coverage in the liberal arts. A total of 117-125 units must be earned from the following areas: language/literature, mathematics, science, social sciences, humanities, visual/performing arts, physical education, human development, religion, and a subject concentration (depth of study). All 61 units of General Education requirements are met by completing the liberal studies major. Depending upon the subject concentration selected, students may enrich their program with one or more electives of their choice. Core and concentration courses require a minimum of a C grade (2.0); however, please note that students must maintain an overall B average (3.0 GPA) in all core courses. The minimum number of units required for graduation is 120. Transfer students should contact the Liberal Studies office for appropriate advising and course requirements that may differ from the program below.

Requirements

General Education
Intellectual and Practical Skills
GE 100First-Year Seminar3
WRIT 110Writing 1: The Art and Craft of Writing3
Writing 23
COMM 111Public Communication3
PE 108-124: Fitness for Life1
MATH 110College Algebra3
Foreign Language 18
Biblical, Theological, and Philosophical Formation
MIN 108Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry3
UBBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy3
UBBL 230Luke/Acts3
PHIL 220Introduction to Philosophy3
Select one of the following:3
Theology and the Christian Life
Church History: Apostolic Era to the Eve of the Reformation
Church History from the Eve of the Reformation to the Present
Select one of the following:3
I and II Samuel
Old Testament Prophets
Hebrew Poetical and Wisdom Literature
Life and Teachings of Jesus
Romans and Galatians
Thessalonian and Corinthian Epistles
Biblical Lands and Cultures
Old Testament Theology
New Testament Theology
Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World
ENGL 111Studies in Literature3
HIST 121World Civilizations Since 16483
BIOL 101Fundamentals of Biology4
Liberal Studies Core Requirements
ART 310Fundamental Art Experiences 23
PSYC 290Human Growth and Development 33
HIST 202United States History to 1930 43
MATH 201Mathematics Concepts for Elementary Teachers3
BIOL 400Science and Children4
MUS 432Music in the Elementary Schools3
EDLS 405Diversity in the Classroom 53
EDLS 495Foundations of Education Capstone 63
EDLS 496Writing 3: Education & Professional Ethics 73
ENGL 434Children's Literature3
PE 450Physical Education in Elementary Schools, K-63
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Teaching as a Profession K-12 8
Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 7-12 8
Additional Liberal Studies Requirements:
PHYC 110Principles of Physical Science3
or PHYC 115 Physical Science for Teachers
PHYC 125Earth Science Concepts and Applications3
HIST 338History of California3
ENGL 402Principles of Language3
HIST 201World Civilizations and Geography to 16483
Concentrations
Select one concentration from the list below.12-20
Total Units117-125
1

Proficiency requirement may be met by APU proficiency test, SAT, AP, CLEP, or FLATS test score, or completion of an APU language course numbered 102 or higher.

2

Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement.

3

Meets the General Education Social Science requirement.

4

Liberal studies students are required to satisfy the state of California’s U.S. Constitution curriculum requirement, which can be satisfied with HIST 202 or POLI 150. If a student transfers HIST 202 from another institution, the state of California’s U.S. Constitution requirement will be verified by One Stop: Registrar.

5

Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.

6

Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.

7

Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.

8

Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.

Art Concentration

Required Courses
ART 145Drawing I3
ART 146Painting I3
Select one of the following:3
Ancient Art History 1
Writing 3: History of Modern Art 2
Contemporary Art Trends 1
Early Christian and Medieval Art 1
Renaissance to Rococo Art 1
Select one of the following:3
Ceramics I
Sculptural Objects and Functional Art
Multicultural Art 1
Upper-division Elective
ART 430Applied Design 31-4
or any upper-division ART course
Total Units13-16
1

Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement.

2

Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement. 

3

Students who take ART 205 will need 4 units of an upper-division art elective.

English Concentration

ENGL 404Approaches to Grammar (prerequisite of ENGL 402; fall only)3
ENGL 406Writing 3: Advanced Composition 13
Select one of the following:3
World Literature to the Renaissance 2
World Literature Since the Renaissance 2
American Literature to 1865 2
Select one of the following:3
American Literature Since 1865 2
Shakespeare 2
American Novel
Social and Psychological Aspects of Language
Total Units12
1

Meets the General Education Writing 3 requirement.

2

Meets the General Education Humanities: Literature requirement. 

Math Concentration

See the Department of Mathematics and Physics for updated schedules.

Note: Students must begin their mathematics coursework at the level for which they qualify as determined by their SAT score, previous university coursework, or the APU mathematics placement test. Some students will require one or more courses prior to calculus.   

MATH 110College Algebra 1, 23
MATH 161Calculus I5
MATH 340Geometry (fall only; prerequisite of MATH 162; ask dept. for prereq code)3
Choose one of the following:
Introduction to Statistics 2
Calculus I (spring only; prerequisite of MATH 162; ask dept. for prereq code)
Choose one of the following:3-4
Applied Calculus II
Calculus II
Multivariable Calculus
Ordinary Differential Equations
Discrete Mathematics and Proof
Linear Algebra
Number Theory
Total Units14-15
1

Students who waive MATH 110 and do not receive the units must make up the 3 units with an extra elective.

2

Meets the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement.

Music Concentration

MUS 101Beginning Voice Class1
MUS 103Beginning Piano Class 11
MUS 104Elementary Piano Class 11
MUS 110Elementary Guitar Methods1
MUS 121Music Theory I 23
MUS 122Music Theory II3
MUS 133Practical Musicianship I1
MUS 134Practical Musicianship II1
MUS 201Introduction to World Music 33
MUS 250Music and Civilization 23
Total Units18
1

Or 1 unit each Applied Piano (permission by audition only)

2

Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement.

3

Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.

Physical Education Concentration1

KIN 242Fundamental Principles of Fitness3
KIN 290Human Movement Science3
KIN 306Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Physical Activity and Sport3
PE 237Methods of Teaching Rhythmic and Multicultural Activities (spring only)3
PE 250Methods of Teaching Individual Sports (fall only)2
PE 252Methods of Teaching Team Sports (spring only)3
PE 452Adapted Physical Education (prerequisite of KIN 290 and PE 450)3
Total Units20
1

 Courses must be taken in sequence (i.e., 200 before 300, 300 before 400).

Psychology Concentration (School Psychology)

 PSYC 290 and MATH 130 are prerequisite courses for the upper-division courses in this concentration.

PSYC 110General Psychology 13
MATH 130Introduction to Statistics 23
PSYC 345Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development 33
PSYC 360Abnormal Psychology 33
PSYC 410Psychology of Exceptional Children 33
PSYC 480Psychological Testing and Measurement 3, 43
Total Units18
1

Meets the General Education Social Science requirement. 

2

Meets the General Education Quantitative Literacy requirement. 

3

Has prerequisite of PSYC 110.

4

Has prerequisite of MATH 130.

Science Concentration Option I

BIOL 151General Biology I 14
BIOL 152General Biology II4
CHEM 123General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry for the Health Sciences 14
PHYC 140Introduction to Astronomy 14
PHYC 151Physics for Life Sciences I 14
Total Units20
1

Meets the General Education Natural Science requirement. 

Science Concentration Option II

BIOL 250Human Anatomy4
BIOL 251Human Physiology4
CHEM 123General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry for the Health Sciences 14
PHYC 151Physics for Life Sciences I 14
Total Units16
1

Meets the General Education Natural Science requirement. 

Social Science Concentration

POLI 150American Government 13
Select one of the following:3
Modern Africa
Colonial Latin America
Comparative Politics
History and Politics of the Non-Western World (fall only)
Select two of the following:6
History of American Foreign Affairs (spring only)
Medieval Europe (fall only)
Renaissance and Reformation
Enlightenment Europe
Europe 1789-1914
Europe 1914-1992
Colonial Era
Civil War and Reconstruction
Modern America
Modern American Intellectual History
Total Units12
1

Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.

Spanish Concentration

SPAN 201Intermediate Spanish I3
SPAN 202Intermediate Spanish II3
SPAN 301Spanish Conversation and Community (fall only) 1, 23
WRIT 204Writing 2: Writing for the Humanities in Spanish (spring only) 33
Select one of the following: 1, 4, 53
Survey of Spanish Literature
Survey of Latin American Literature
Literary Masters 6
Total Units15
1

SPAN 101, SPAN 102, SPAN 201, and SPAN 202 are prerequisites for 300-level SPAN courses.

2

Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.

3

Meets the General Education Writing 2 requirement. 

4

At least one is offered every semester.

5

SPAN 301 and SPAN 302 are prerequisites unless taken while studying abroad.

6

Meets the General Education Humanities: Literature requirement.

Special Education Concentration

EDLS 303Introduction to Special Populations (fall only)3
EDLS 304Introduction to Teaching Special Populations (spring only)3
PSYC 110General Psychology 13
PSYC 410Psychology of Exceptional Children 23
PSYC 430Intervention Strategies with Children 23
Total Units15
1

Meets the General Education Social Science requirement.

2

Has prerequisites of PSYC 110 and PSYC 290