Liberal Studies Minor

22-23 units

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 the 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

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Analyze and demonstrate proficiency in subject matter required of K6 teachers by the State of California
  2. Integrate K8 curriculum concepts and disciplines through the application of lesson plans, papers, and projects in Children's Literature, Mathematical Concepts for Elementary Teachers, Science and Children, Fundamental Art Experiences, Music in the Elementary Schools, Physical Education in the Elementary Schools
  3. Define teaching methods of instruction using best practices with a Christian perspective while integrating K8 curriculum concepts and disciplines through the application of lesson plans, papers, and projects
  4. Understand cultural diversity issues within the context of the classroom through service-learning experiences and in class discussion
  5. Identify a distinctive Christian perspective compared to a secular perspective as it pertains to different education issues