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Concentration

Concentration Options

Students who follow the Bachelor of Arts Program (BA Pathway) are required to complete a Concentration, in addition to the Core Requirements. 

The Concentration requires a minimum of 12 units in one of the thematic programs of study identified below. Students may choose to pursue a Concentration option that consists of strategic electives and/or works toward a Subject Matter Authorization (refer to the Credential Center in EED-42 for more information). There is no uniform way of fulfilling these concentration options - each student may complete these requirements uniquely depending on previous coursework taken and interests moving forward. It is recommended to generally follow the themes and course recommendations of the concentration options below.

 

Education Studies

Select 12 units in the area of Education Studies, including from general and specific examples provided below - 

Specific Recommended Courses

  • AFRS 332 - Civil Rights and the Law (3)

  • AFRS 420 - African American Children in Public Schools (3)

  • ANTH 413 - Language and Culture (3)

  • CDFS 111 - Preschool Child (3)*

  • CDFS 211 - Guiding Young Children (3)*

  • CDFS 214 - Environments for Preschool Children (3)*

  • CDFS 215 - Environments for Infants and Toddlers (3)*

  • COUN 191 - Career and Personal Explorations (3)

  • ETEC 435 - Accessible Electronic and Information Technologies (3)

  • ED P 405 - Positive Strategies for Classroom Management (3)

  • SOC 345 - Youth, Policing, and Justice (3)

General Recommended Courses

  • Education - Elementary (EDEL) Courses

  • Education Specialist (EDSP) Courses

  • Educational Psychology (ED P) Courses

  • Educational Technology (ETEC) Courses

Human & Child Development

Select 12 units of coursework in the area of Human and Child Development, including from general and specific examples provided below -

Specific Recommended Courses

  • AFRS 410 - The African American Family (3)

  • ANTH 315 - Human Variation (3)

  • ASAM 340 - Asian American Family (3)

  • CDFS 111 - Preschool Child (3)*

  • CDFS 311 - Prenatal Development and Infancy (3)*

  • CDFS 312 - Family and Personal Development (3)*

  • HSC 421 - Health Behavior (3)

  • EDP 302 - Early and Late Adolescent Development and Learning: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)

  • PSY 100 - General Psychology (3)*

  • PSY 332 - Human Cognition (3)*

  • PSY 340 - Physiology of Behavior (3)*

  • PSY 361 - Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development (3)*

  • PSY 362 - Autism Spectrum Disorders (3)*

  • SOC 100 - Principles of Sociology (3)

  • SOC 320 - Sociology of Families (3)

  • SOC 423 - Child Abuse and Prevention (3)

General Recommended Courses

  • Child Development & Family Studies (CDFS) Courses

  • Communicative Disorders (C D) Courses

  • Gerontology (GERN) Courses

  • Human Development (HDEV) Courses

  • Linguistics (LING) Courses

  • Psychology (PSY) Courses

  • Sociology (SOC) Courses

Language Arts

Select 12 units of coursework in the area of Language Arts, including from general and specific examples provided below -

Specific Recommended Courses

  • AFRS 140 - Introduction to African American Literature (3)

  • AIS 340 - American Indian Literature (3)

  • ASAM 260 - Introduction to Asian American Literature (3)

  • CHLS 150 - Introduction to Chicano Literary Studies (3)

  • CHIN 370 - Chinese Literature in English Translation (3)

  • CWL 205 - Digital Literature and Culture (3)

  • CWL 213 - Visual Studies: Comics and Graphic Novels (3)

  • CWL 220 - Literature and Play (3)

  • CWL 350 - Global Literature in American Culture (3)

  • CWL 453 - Fairy Tales (3)

  • ENGL 283 - Science Fiction (3)

  • ENGL 370 - Chicano/a and Latino/a Literature (3)

  • ENGL 387 - Comics and Graphic Narratives (3)

  • ENGL 410 - Theories of Writing and Literacy (3)

  • LING 170 - Introduction to Linguistics (3)

  • LING 413 - Language and Culture (3)

  • LING 426 - History of the English Language (3)

General Recommended Courses

  • Classics (CLSC) Courses

  • Communication Studies (COMM) Courses

  • Comparative World Literature (CWL) Courses

  • English (ENGL) Courses

  • Foreign Language (varies) Courses

Mathematics

Select 12 units of coursework in the area of Mathematics, including from general and specific examples provided below -

Specific Recommended Courses

  • EDP 419 - Educational Statistics (3)

  • HDEV 190 - Elementary Statistics in Social & Behavioral Sciences (3)

  • MATH 103 - Mathematical Ideas (3)

  • MATH 109 - Modeling with Algebra (3)

  • MTED 415 - History of Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers (4)

  • MTED 420 - Number Theory for Elementary and Middle School Teachers (4)

  • MTED 424 - Algebraic Structures for Elementary and Middle School Teachers (4)

  • MTED 425 - Functions, Models and Concepts of Calculus for Elementary and Middle School Teachers (4)

  • STAT 108 - Statistics for Everyday Life (3)

General Recommended Courses

  • Mathematics (MATH) Courses

  • Mathematics Education (MTED) Courses

Natural Sciences

Select 12 units of coursework in the area of Natural Sciences, including from general and specific examples provided below - 

Specific Recommended Courses

  • ASTR 100 - Astronomy (3)

  • BIOL 153 - Introduction to Marine Biology (3)

  • BIOL 205 - Human Biology (4)

  • CHEM 100 - Chemistry and Today's World (4)

  • GEOL 190 - Environmental Geology (3)

  • GEOL 240 - Historical Geology (4)

  • GEOL 300 - Earth Systems and Global Change (3)

  • GEOL 303 - Coastal Systems and Human Impact (3)

  • SCED 100 - Introduction to Scientific and Spatial Reasoning (3)

  • SCED 404 - Nature of Science and Scientific Reasoning (3)

General Recommended Courses

  • Astronomy (ASTR) Courses

  • Biology (BIOL) Courses

  • Chemistry & Biochemistry (CHEM) Courses

  • Environmental Science/Policy (ESP) Courses

  • Geology (GEOL) Courses

History-Social Science

Select 12 units of coursework in the area of History and Social Sciences, including from general and specific examples provided below - 

Specific Recommended Courses

  • AFRS 110 - Introduction to Africana Studies (3)

  • AIS 101 - Introduction to the Study of Native American People (3)

  • AIS 308 - California Indian History (3)

  • AMST 350 - California Culture (3)

  • ANTH 322 - California Indians (3)

  • ANTH 412 - Culture and Communication (3)

  • ASAM 120 - Asian American History (3)

  • CHLS 300 - Chicano History (3)

  • CHLS 303 - Farm Workers (3)

  • CHLS 340 - Latino Education in the U.S (3) Note: Meets requirement for Spanish BILA

  • CHLS 355 - Asian and Latino Immigration Since WWII (3)

  • GEOG 120 - Geography of Human Diversity in the United States (3)

  • HIST 402 - Oral History Methods (1-3)

  • SOC 358 - Sociology of Migration and Immigration (3)

General Recommended Courses

  • Anthrolopology (ANTH) Courses

  • Geography (GEOG) Courses

  • History (HIST) Courses

  • International Studies (I/ST) Courses

  • Political Science (POSC) Courses

  • Psychology (PSY) Courses

  • Sociology (SOC) Courses

*Some courses require special department permission to enroll in the course; students may need to be in the minor officially to complete an above course, or have taken it previously to majoring in Liberal Studies.

Courses taken to satisfy the Subject Matter Concentration requirements shall be selected by the student in consultation with the Department Chair or Academic Advisor