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Liberal Studies

College of Education

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TRACK I (code L/STBA01)

Requirements

The Track I program is both a major and an approved General Education program. No course in the Track I core or concentration may be taken Credit/No Credit and no course used to meet core requirements may be counted toward the concentration.

In addition, 120 hours of approved service-learning in an elementary or middle school must be completed prior to graduation as a means of learning about cultural diversity in the community, about current problems besetting students in the public schools, about successful intervention strategies for students needing special attention, and promotion of individual civic responsibility.

Service Learning

The way to earn the required 120 hours of Service Learning is participation in the SERVE (Service Experience for Revitalizing Education) program, which provides orientation and training in addition to school placements. To participate in SERVE, students must have a 2.0 grade-point average, current TB clearance, and be available for either 2 two-hour time blocks or 1 four-hour time block during public school hours over a 10 week period during the semester. For further information and the schedule for orientation and training sessions, contact the Liberal Studies office or SERVE office (ED1-17 or online at www.ced.csulb.edu).

Track I Core

A minimum of 98 units distributed in Areas I, II, III, IV, V, and VI. No Core classes may be taken Credit/No Credit.

  • Area I: Language Studies (minimum 22 units)
    • Group 1. Written Communication: Choose one course from ASAM 100, AFRS 100, CHLS 104, ENGL 100
    • Group 2. Oral Communication: Choose one course from COMM 130, 335
    • Group 3: Survey of Literature: Choose one course from CLSC 280, CWL 100, ENGL 180, 250 A or B, 270 A or B, 375
    • Group 4. Applied Composition: ENGL 309
    • Group 5. Language Acquisition: Choose one course from CD 329, EDSP 454, LING 329
    • Group 6. Children’s Literature: ENGL 481
    • Group 7. Integration and Assessment: L/ST 400
  • Area II: Mathematics (minimum 12 units)
    • Group 1. Probability and Activities-Based Statistics: MTED 205
    • Group 2. Real Numbers: MTED 110
    • Group 3. Geometry and Measurement: MTED 211* or 312
      • (*Students who choose a Math Concentration must take MTED 312.)
    • Group 4. Integration and Assessment: MTED 402
  • Area III: Natural Science (minimum 14 units)
    • Group 1. Earth Science: Choose from: GEOL 102 and 104 or 106* (*GEOL 106 is the preferred course)
    • Group 2. Life Science: BIOL 200
    • Group 3. Physical Science: PHSC 112
    • Group 4. Integration and Assessment: SCED 401
  • Area IV: History/Social Science (minimum 19 units)
    • Group 1. American History: Choose one course from HIST 172, 300
    • Group 2. American Institutions: Choose one course from POSC 100, 326*, 391 (*POSC 326 is limited to and only required of students who have met the U.S. Constitution requirement in a state other than California or through Advanced Placement credit and who must meet the Title V California State and Local Government requirement.)
    • Group 3. World History and Geography: Take either HIST/GEOG 250*, or HIST 211 and GEOG 100 (*HIST/GEOG 250 is the preferred course)
    • Group 4. Multicultural Dimensions: Choose one course from AIS/ ASAM/BST/CHLS/WGSS 319, ANTH 421/LING 425
    • Group 5. California History: HIST 473
    • Group 6. Integration and Assessment: L/ST 471
  • Area V: Arts and Humanities (minimum 15 units)
    • Group 1. Music: MUS 180
    • Group 2. Dance or Theater: Choose one course from: CWL 124, 324I, DANC 110, 179, THEA 113, 122, 324I
    • Group 3. Ethics, Values and Beliefs: Choose one course from PHIL 100, 160, 203, 204, 405I, R/ST 100, 202, 485
    • Group 4. Visual Art: ART 300
    • Group 5. Integration and Assessment: L/ST 404
  • Area VI: Critical Issues in Teaching and Learning (minimum 16 units)
    • Group 1. Information and Technology Competencies: Choose one course from : ENGL 337, ETEC 110, 444, MTED 301
    • Group 2. Critical Thinking: Choose one course from: A/ST 190, COMM 131, ENGL 102, ETEC 171, HIST 101, PHIL 170, POSC 105, PSY 130
    • Group 3. Child Development and Learning: Choose one course from: EDP 301, HDEV 307I
    • Group 4. Family and School Partnerships: EDSP 355
    • Group 5. Physical Education: KIN 476
    • Group 6. Health Science: H SC 411A

Track I Concentration

A minimum of 12 units with advisor approval, at least 9 of which must be at the upper-division (300-400) level (with the exception of the Natural Science concentration) in one of the thematic programs of study identified below. No concentration course may be taken Credit/No Credit. No course used to fulfill a core requirement may be used to fulfill a concentration requirement.

Students must gain approval for a concentration and curricular plan. Normally the proposal is submitted before the student begins to take courses in the concentration. Students declare a concentration by meeting with a Liberal Studies advisor workshop. Students may sign up for appointments at the Liberal Studies office. Subsequent modifications of the concentration curriculum must also be approved.

Bilingual Spanish-English

Subject preparation for a Multiple Subject Credential with a bilingual, cross-cultural, language and academic development (BCLAD) emphasis requires students to demonstrate proficiency in a targeted language and understanding of the culture of a targeted group. This concentration focuses on the Spanish language and Latino culture to be consistent with the requirements of the BCLAD emphasis in the CSULB credential program. The primary focus of the concentration is development of language skills. Students with demonstrated language proficiencies in reading, writing and speaking at an advanced level may seek to substitute additional culture studies for required language classes. Prior to proposing this concentration or completing any course work toward it, students should meet with the Spanish undergraduate advisor who will be able to determine language proficiencies. (The following Core classes are highly recommended for students proposing this concentration: CHLS 319 in Area IV, A, Group 3; ANTH 412I in Area IV, B, Group 3; EDP 301 in Area IV, Group 1b.)

Complete 15 units from:

  • Area 1. Language Foundations (9 units): SPAN 300, 322
  • Area 2. Literary Analysis (3 units): SPAN 310
  • Area 3. Culture Study (3 units) from: CHLS 340, CHLS 350/SOC 340

Cultures, Values and Beliefs

Focus is on humanistic study of cultural traditions, both Western and non-Western, and the values and beliefs that have shaped them. Insight will be gained into motivating and orienting ideas that have given meaning to individual lives and structured human relationships. Special attention is given to religious, philosophical and ethical perspectives. (No course used to meet requirements of the core may be used to meet the requirements of the concentration; no more than 3 units of lower division (100-200) course work may apply toward the concentration.)

Complete 15 units from:

  • Area 1. Western Culture (3 units):
    • Choose from CLSC 300I, 311I, 414I, HIST 310I, 323I, 335, 337, 339, 400I, 414I, 477A, 477B
  • Area 2. Non-Western Cultures (3 units):
    • Choose from ANTH 321, 323, 324, 332, 333, 335, A/ST 300I, 301I, 393, 495I, HIST 382A, 382B, 383A, 383B, 385, 431, 441, 461, RUSS 410I
  • Area 3. Values and Beliefs/Western (3 units):
    • Choose from HIST 371, PHIL 100, 203, 204, 330, 342, 352, 361I, R/ST 102, 383I, 391I, 425, 482I, 485
  • Area 4. Values and Beliefs/Non-Western (3 units):
    • Choose from AIS 335, ASAM 380, AFRS 353, PHIL 306, R/ST 103, 331I, 341I, 344, 351
  • Area 5. Ethical Values (3 units):
    • Choose from MICR 302I, PHIL 160, 363, R/ST 302I

Health, Physical Education and Life Management

Provides students with a breadth and depth of knowledge, attitudes and behaviors that prepares them in the areas of health, physical education and fitness, mental health, family life and nutrition. The areas of emphasis include substance use and abuse, family life/health and sexuality education, nutrition, violence prevention (including child abuse and suicide prevention), physical activity and fitness, motor skills and stress management. (Credit in the concentration will be granted for either HSC 425I or CDFS 419, but not both.)

Complete 15 units from:

  • Area 1. Health (3 units):
    • Choose from HSC 421, 423, 425I, 427
  • Area 2. Physical Education (3 units): KIN 477
  • Area 3. Life Management (3 units):
    • Choose from FCS 132, 319, 419, REC 371
  • Area 4. Additional Selected Study (6 units):
    • Choose from those listed in Areas 1 and 3 not completed.

Historical Perspectives

Prepares students in the subjects identified in the History-Social Science Framework for California Public Schools which provides the rationale and coherence for this course work. Emphasis is upon historical perspective not only in terms of Western/American tradition, but also in terms of other world societies and peoples. (The following core courses are recommended for students choosing this concentration: HIST 111 in Area IV, B, Group 2; ANTH 314 in Area IV, B, Group 3 and AIS, ASAM, AFRS, CHLS or WGSS 319 in Area IV, A, Group 3.)

Complete 15 units from:

  • Area 1. Peoples of the World (3 units):
    • Choose from ANTH 321, 323, 324, 332, 333, 335, GEOG 309I, 316, 318
  • Area 2. Ancient World Civilizations (3 units):
    • Choose from ANTH 313, 345, 347, A/ST 300I, HIST 313, 314, 316, 382A, POSC 301
  • Area 3. U.S. Emerges as a Nation (3 units):
    • Choose from HIST 372, 375, 477A, 485A, WGSS 485A
  • Area 4. California (3 units):
    • Choose from ANTH 322, CHLS 300, GEOG 304, HIST 370, POSC 326
  • Area 5. American Society Today (3 units):
    • GEOG 306, HIST 380, 474I, WGSS 307I

History/Social Science

In addition to deepening their knowledge of specific subjects in this area of study, students with a concentration in History/Social Science will be exposed to the specific modes of inquiry characteristic of such disciplines as history, anthropology and geography. Each student pursuing a History/Social Science Concentration will choose one of the following areas of emphasis: California Studies, United States Studies, or Global Studies. California Studies is most appropriate 4th grade teaching, United States Studies for 5th or 8th grade teaching, and Global Studies for 6th grade teaching. Within each area of emphasis, each student will take one course in each of the following areas: 1) Anthropological Perspectives, 2) Historical Perspectives, 3) Social and Cultural Perspectives, 4) Geographic Perspectives.

Complete 12 units from:

California Studies

  • Group 1: Anthropological Perspectives:
    • Choose one course from: ANTH 412I, ANTH 421/LING 425
  • Group 2: Historical Perspectives:
    • Choose one course from AIS 490, ASAM 200, 220, 335I, C/LA 485, CHLS 300, 335I, HIST 370, 402, 462, 471, 482
  • Group 3: Social and Cultural Perspectives:
    • AIS 335, ANTH 322, ASAM 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, CHLS 352/SOC 341, POSC 323, 326
  • Group 4: Geographic Perspectives:
    • GEOG 120, 304

United States Studies

  • Group 1: Anthropological Perspectives:
    • Choose one course from: ANTH 412I, ANTH 421/LING 425
  • Group 2: Historical Perspectives:
    • Choose one course from AIS 105, ANTH 347, ASAM 200, 220, 335I, AFRS 120, 190, 381, CHLS 300, 335I, 390I, ECON 360I, HIST 370, 372, 373, 376, 481, 485A, WGSS 485A
  • Group 3: Social and Cultural Perspectives:
    • Choose one course from AIS 335, ANTH 321, ANTH/WGSS 475, ASAM 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 340, 345, 346, 347, 352, 370, 380, 381, AFRS 353, 400I, 410, 420, 423, CHLS 310, 340, 350, 415, ECON 300, HIST 469, 471, 474I, 485B, 486, LING 470, POSC 323, 395I, 424, SOC 320, 325, 340, 345, 346, 423, 466, WGSS 102, 308, 315, 318I, 320, 325, 381, 485B, 420, 430
  • Group 4: Geographic Perspectives:
    • Choose one course from GEOG 120, 306, 401, U/ST 301I

Global Studies

  • Group 1: Anthropological Perspectives:
    • Choose one course from: ANTH 412I, ANTH 421/LING 425
  • Group 2: Historical Perspectives:
    • Choose one course from ANTH 307I, ANTH 345, A/ST 300I, A/ST 301I, AFRS 200, 304, 430, 498, HIST 211, 304, 362, 364, 382A, 382B, 383A, 383B, 385, 386, 391, 392, 396, 431, 432, 492, POSC 401, WGSS 402
  • Group 3: Social and Cultural Perspectives:
    • ANTH 314, 323, 332, 335, 351, A/ST 320, 393, 495I, AFRS 337, 404, 460, CHIN 250, ECON 306I, HIST 406B, 466C, POSC 220, 371, 388I, 395I, SOC 350, 466, 494, WGSS 401I, 410, 432
  • Group 4:
    • GEOG 160, 308I, 309I, 314I, 316, 319, 355, 455, 460, I/ST 319I, 355, POSC 358, 362, 363, 366, 367

Human Behavior

Provides an understanding of basic principles underlying human behavior. Why do people interpret, believe, feel, think and act as they do? Basic issues include: How people process information and how they organize what they learn into knowledge structures; processes in social learning; how people influence other people and individual differences in ability and personality that affect behavior. These principles will be applied to specific issues in courses selected from a broad range of disciplines. (Credit in the concentration will be granted for either PSY 351 or SOC 335I, but not for both.)

Complete 15 units from:

  • Area 1. Basic Principles (6 units):
    • Choose from ANTH 311I, PSY 351, 356, 370, SOC 100, 335I
  • Area 2. Application/Race and Ethnicity (3 units):
    • Choose from ANTH 419, ASAM 340, AFRS 310, 325, 410
  • Area 3. Application/Gender Roles (3 units):
    • Choose from ANTH 351, CDFS 358, HIST 309I, PSY 352, 354, 366, SOC 325, WGSS 314, 325, 420
  • Area 4. Application/Social Environments (3 units):
    • Choose from ANTH 436, CAFF 309I, 410, FIN 309I, HSC 421, PSY 381, SOC 320

Human/Child Development

Provides students with a background in the developmental issues of children, adolescents and adults within a family and social context. Specific areas focus on the intellectual and socio-emotional development of individuals from birth through aging and the effects of the near environment on their development. Factors which effect individual variability in growth and development such as gender, family, racial, ethnic and cultural differences will be explored. (The following core courses are REQUIRED for students selecting this concentration: AIS, ASAM, AFRS, CHLS or WGSS 319 in Area IV, A, Group 3 and ANTH 120 in Area IV, B, Group 3.)

Complete 15 units from:

  • Area 1. Intellectual and Social Development (3 units):
    • Choose from EDP 305, CDFS 314, PSY 463
  • Area 2. Adult Development (3 units):
    • Choose from GERN 400I, HDEV 357I, PSY 365, SOC 464
  • Area 3. The Child in the Family (3 units):
    • Choose from ASAM 340, AFRS 410, CDFS 319I, 412, 413
  • Area 4. Social Ecology of Child Development (6 units):
    • Choose from AFRS 420, CHLS 350/SOC 340, EDP 302, EDSP 350, 485/LING 485, CDFS 411, HDEV 360, NRSG 481I, SOC 345, 423

Language Arts

Provides students with special appreciation for languages, literatures, and their relation to culture through study in three areas: language perspectives, which involves the study of languages (and/or language) and their relationships to literary and cultural patterns; theory and/or criticism which provides the theoretical tools for the analysis and explanation of those relationships and language process which involves additional practice in the creative and technical aspects of producing linguistic products. (The following core classes are highly recommended for students selecting this concentration: COMM 335 in Area I, Group 2; ANTH 412I in Area IV, B, Group 3; PHIL 100, 160, 203, 204 or 305 in Area V, B, Group 1 and ENGL 200 in Area VI, Group 3a. No more than 3 units of lower division (100-200) course work may apply toward the concentration.)

Complete 15 units from:

  • Area 1. Language and Culture (3 units):
    • Choose from: ANTH 413, 475, AFRS 180, ENGL 423, 426, LING 413, 423, 426, 363I, 470, COMM 309, 330, WGSS 475
  • Area 2. Language and Literature (3 units):
    • Choose from: AIS 340, A/ST 320, AFRS 140, 343, CHIN 370, CLSC 191, CWL 403, 404, 410, 440, 453, ENGL 382, FREN 335, 336, GERM 415, 416, JAPN 370, RUSS 310, SPAN 330, 341, WGSS 382
  • Area 3. Language/Theory and Criticism (3 units):
    • Choose from: CWL 361, ENGL 318I, 384, 410, PHIL 361I, 484, R/ST 301, FEA 318I, COMM 300, 301, 306, 333, THEA 426
  • Area 4. Language and Process (3 units):
    • Choose from: AFRS 450, ENGL 205, 206, 317, 405, 406, 417, COMM 331, 358, THEA 380
  • Area 5. Additional Selected Study (3 units):
    • Choose from: ENGL 375, LING 472, COMM 355

Language and Literacy

Students in the Language and Literacy concentration develop their knowledge of and appreciation for Literature while also engaging enhancing their ability to deal with literacy education through additional study of linguistics and culture.

Complete 12 units from:

  • Group 1. Exploring Literature:
    • Choose two courses from: AIS 340, ASAM 260, 360, AFRS 343, 346, CHIN 370, CHLS 205, CWL 100, 415I, ENGL 180, 250A, 250B, 270A, 270B, 363, 375, 382, 385, 386, 482, JAPN 370, WGSS 382
  • Group 2. Sociolinguistics and Schooling: LING 379
  • Group 3. Language, Literacy and Culture:
    • Choose one course from: ANTH 413, 475, COMM 309, 330, 355, EDEL 430, 439, EDP 432, 439, 485, EDSE 439, ENGL 300, 410, 435, 436, LING 413, 470, 485, 486, WGSS 475.

Language Other Than English

Provides opportunity for students to gain access to advanced preparation in reading, writing and speaking a selected language other than English. Provides insights into second language acquisition and the intimate relationships linking language, cognition and culture. Students select one language in which to complete the following requirements:

Complete 15 units from:

  • Area 1. Advanced Language Study (6 units):
    • Choose from: CHIN 301, 302, FREN 312A, 312B, GERM 301, 302, ITAL 312A, 312B, JAPN 301, 302, RUSS 312, 399
  • Area 2. Conversation (3 units):
    • Choose from: CHIN 490, FREN 214, GERM 305, ITAL 214, JAPN 311, RUSS 314, SPAN 314
  • Area 3. Literature (3 units):
    • Choose from: CHIN 370, FREN 335, 336, GERM 415, 416, ITAL 490, JAPN 471, RUSS 310, SPAN 330, 341
  • Area 4. Additional Study (3 units):
    • Choose from: CHIN 490, FREN 314, 411, 414, GERM 303, ITAL 314, 490, JAPN 312, 350, 461, RUSS 499, SPAN 322

Mathematics

Provides advanced study of mathematics consistent with the philosophy of the California Framework in Mathematics and Standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics for the mathematics content taught through the middle grades. (The following core courses are REQUIRED for students choosing this concentration: MTED 312 in Area II, Group 2; MTED 301 in Area VI, Group 3b.) Students choosing the Mathematics Concentration must complete MTED 312 with a “C” or better grade prior to registering for MTED 402.

Complete 12 units from:

  • Group 1. Probability and Activities-Based Statistics:
    • MTED 205 (must be completed prior to enrollment in MTED 402)
  • Group 2. History of Mathematics: MTED 415
  • Group 3. Number Theory: MTED 420
  • Group 4. Functions, Models and Concepts of Calculus: MTED 425

Natural Science

Two pathways provide fundamental skills and abilities to deal confidently with wide variety of scientific viewpoints applied to various important issues, concrete and significant examples of scientific thinking. Pathway A: “breadth” pathway particularly appropriate for future K-5 teachers. Choose at least one course from three different groups. Pathway B: “depth” pathway particularly appropriate for future teachers of grade 6-8 as well as for students who prefer a stronger emphasis on investigation and experimentation. Choose at least three courses from a single group.

Complete 12 units from:

Pathway A – Breadth – Choose coursework from EACH of the following groups:

  • Group 1. Earth Science:
    • Choose one course from: GEOL 160, 190, 240, 300I
  • Group 2. Life Science:
    • Choose one course from: BIOL 100, 153, MICR 101, 300I
  • Group 3. Physical Science:
    • Choose one course from: ASTR 100, CHEM 100, 111A, PHYS 100A
  • Group 4. Additional Coursework:
    • If necessary to reach 12 units in the Concentration, choose from GEOL 105, ASTR 100L, NSCI 309I, 375I or any additional class from those listed above.

Pathway B: Depth – Choose an option and take three courses in that option:

Earth Science Option:

  • Choose three courses from:
    • GEOL 160, 190, 240, 300I, 341, GEOL 303

Life Science Option:

    • Choose three courses from: BIOL 100, 153, GEOL 303, MICR 101, 300I

Physical Science Option:

    • Choose three courses from: ASTR 100, CHEM 100, 111A, 111B, 302, PHYS 100A, 100B
  • Additional Coursework:
    • If necessary to reach 12 units in the Concentration, choose from ASTR 100L; NSCI 309I, 375I, or any additional class from any other of the options listed above.

U.S. Multicultural Studies

Students should learn from their earliest school years that our nation is composed of people whose backgrounds are rooted in cultures from around the world, and they should develop respect for the dignity of all people and ways of life. This concentration will help potential teachers to recognize that the history of community, state, region and nation must reflect the experience of men and women of different racial, religious and ethnic groups in our pluralistic society. (The following core course is REQUIRED for students choosing this concentration: AIS, ASAM, AFRS, CHLS or WGSS 319 in Area IV, A, Group 3. Courses selected should include all four major U.S. ethnic groups. No more than 3 units of lower division (100-200) course work may apply toward the concentration and no course used to satisfy a core requirement may be used to satisfy a concentration requirement.)

Complete 15 units from:

  • Area 1. Education in an Ethnic Perspective (3 units):
    • Choose from ASAM 310, AFRS 420, CHLS 340
  • Area 2. Multicultural Perspectives (3 units):
    • Choose from ANTH 412I, 421/LING 425, EDP 432/EDEL 430, NUTR 336, HDEV 360, COMM 330, WGSS 401I
  • Area 3. Ethnic Studies (9 units):
    • No more than one course may be selected from 100-200 level courses and from any one department (courses cross-listed with CHLS will be considered CHLS department courses in this context). Choose from AIS 105, 106, 200, 320, 340, 420, ASAM 220, 340, 345, 370, 380, AFRS 110, 180, 370, 400I, 410, CHLS 300/HIST 370, CHLS 310, CHLS 350/SOC 340, CHLS 352/SOC 341, CHLS 390I

Visual and Performing Arts

Allows development of skills in responding to the arts as well as in creating and performing. Examines history of traditional Western fine arts as well as role the arts play in another cultural tradition. All four components of the California Framework for the Visual and Performing Arts are addressed: Aesthetic perception, creative expression, arts heritage and aesthetic valuing.

Complete 15 units from:

  • Area 1. Perception, Expression, Heritage, Valuing (6 units):
    • ART 302 (Course no longer offered. See Liberal Studies director for substitution.), MUS 385
  • Area 2. Fine Arts History (6 units):
    • If a Theatre course was taken in the Core, include at least one Dance course here. Choose from AH 401, 408, 409, 410, 416, 417, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 436, 437, CWL 422I, DANC 110, 435I, MUS 363I, 364I, 393
  • Area 3. Multicultural and Ethnic Arts (3 units):
    • Choose from AIS 320, 420, AH 455, 456, 457, 466, 467, 468, 469, 470A/B, AFRS 346, 363, MUS 490