Liberal Studies Minor

The liberal studies minor is a multidisciplinary program that adds foundational elements of K-8 subject-matter preparation and practical field experience to any student’s major course of study. The program provides students with the opportunity to develop a teaching philosophy and acquire basic subject-matter knowledge in five to seven content areas with an understanding of diversity and culture in a classroom setting. This may provide some preparation for substitute teaching and lesson planning. Students work closely with an advisor in major and minor fields in order to create an organized on-campus study.

NOTE: The minor does not prepare the student for the subject-matter exam, currently CSET. Additional studying is required to pass the exam and move forward with obtaining a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Liberal studies minors must maintain a C or higher in all courses credited toward their minor.

Core Courses
EDLS 200Introduction to Teaching as a Profession K-12 14
or EDLS 202 Introduction to Teaching as a Profession 7-12
EDLS 405Diversity in the Classroom 23
Subject-matter Electives
Select five of the following:15-16
Fundamental Art Experiences 3
Science and Children
Children's Literature
Mathematics Concepts for Elementary Teachers
Mathematics for Secondary Teachers
Music in the Elementary Schools
Physical Education in Elementary Schools, K-6
Introduction to Special Populations
Introduction to Teaching Special Populations
Foundations of Education Capstone 4
Total Units22-23

Meets the General Education Civic Knowledge and Engagement requirement.


Meets the General Education Intercultural Competence requirement.


Meets the General Education Humanities: Fine Arts requirement. 


Meets the General Education Integrative and Applied Learning requirement.