University Catalog

Liberal Studies

College of Professional Studies

School of Education

Bachelor of Arts

Anthropology Option

Art Option

Dance Option

Early Teaching and Learning Option

English Language and Linguistics Option

English Literature Option

Human Development Option

Integrated Option

Mathematics Option

Natural Science Option

Physical Education Option

Spanish Option

Theatre Arts Option

Faculty

Cynthia Grutzik, Chair

Pamela Robinson, Assistant Chair, Integrated Option Coordinator

Department Office: SCC 540, (310) 243-3832
Email address: lbs@csudh.edu

Emeritus Faculty

 

John McGowan

Program Description

The Liberal Studies major is primarily for those who intend to become elementary or special education teachers.  It is structured around the subject areas that elementary teachers will be required to teach: language and literature, math and science, history and social science, and visual and performing arts.  Professional development courses provide early fieldwork opportunities, and support the transition to credential programs.

Preparation

Students preparing to enter the Liberal studies major should focus on building a strong GPA to facilitate their future entry into credential programs.

Community college students planning to transfer should know that several GE courses "double-count" in the Liberal Studies major.  These courses are listed at www.assist.org.

Community college students are also advised to pass CBEST before transferring.  See www.cbest.nesinc.com for information.

Academic Advisement

Liberal Studies students should see an advisor each semester. Advising is available throughout the year. Students requiring information should email lbs@csudh.edu or call (310) 243-3832 to confirm advising schedules. Students on academic probation are required to attend STEPS (Strategies Toward Educational Progress & Success) workshops provided by the University Advisement Center (UAC).  Probation holds will be lifted by UAC after satisfactory completion of STEPS.  In addition to program and professional advising, advisors may refer students to other university services on campus.

All students applying to the Liberal Studies major (or current CSUDH students changing their majors) must attend a Liberal Studies Advising Meeting. The meeting includes information about: creating a LBS student file, registration for courses, important university policies, community college transferable coursework, and an overview of the requirements to earn a B.A. in Liberal Studies.

Career Possibilities

Liberal Studies is the preferred undergraduate major for students preparing to teach elementary or special education.

Graduation with Honors

Undergraduate majors are eligible to apply for graduation with honors in Liberal Studies if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills.
  2. Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all upper division coursework (300 and 400 level) used to satisfy the requirements for the Liberal Studies major (Core and Option).

Students meeting the university deadline for applying to graduate will receive information about applying for honors in the major. Students who believe they may meet the above requirements, but did not receive the information, may request an application from the Liberal Studies Office located at SCC 540.

 

Overall Program Structure

The major consists of two parts:

  1. CORE Course Requirements. Students take specific courses in each of five areas: Language and Literature; Mathematics and Science; History and Social Science; Visual and Performing Arts; and Professional Development. These specific courses provide the subject matter background for elementary and special education teachers.
  2. OPTION Course Requirements. Students study a subject area within the major in depth and may choose any approved option. A special option, consisting of at least four courses and a minimum of 12 units, in a relevant subject matter area, may be petitioned by the student for consideration. (Integrated option requires a concentration.)

 

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

General Education Requirements (55-62 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.  Note that several GE courses double-count in the major.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

Single field major, no minor required.

Major Requirements (80-91 units)

In addition, the following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Students must select one of the options listed. 

All courses in this major must be passed with a grade of "C" or higher.

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) double-count in the Options.

A.  AREA I - Language and Literature (21-22 units):

ANT 312. Language and Culture (3) * or

ENG 310. The Study of Language (3) or

SPA 435. A Sociolinguistic Approach to Mexican American Dialect (3) *

ENG 111. Freshman Composition II (3)

ENG 305. Critical Reading of Literature (3) *

ENG 308. Critical Approaches to Children's Literature (3)

ENG 350. Advanced Composition (3) or

IDS 397. Writing Adjunct (2) and

IDS 398. Writing Adjunct (2)

ENG 487. Introduction to Second Language Teaching and Learning (3) *

LBS 355. Writing in Education (3)

NOTES:

       1. Majors accepted into the Integrated Option are waived from taking ENG 350 if a score of 8 or above is achieved on the GWE.

       2. Majors accepted into the Integrated Option take an alternate course for ENG 487.

 

B.  AREA II - Mathematics and Science (18-21 units):

BIO 102. General Biology (3)

BIO 103. General Biology Laboratory (1)

MAT 107. Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers: Real Numbers (3)

MAT 207. Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers: Geometry (4) *

PHY 300. Physical Science for Teachers (4)

SMT 416. Earth Science for Teachers (3)

NOTES:

       1. Majors accepted into the Integrated Option take LBS 360 (5) in place of MAT 107.

       2. Majors accepted into the Integrated Option take LBS 380 (4) in place of SMT 416.

 

C. AREA III - History and Social Science (18-20 units):

GEO 350. World Regional Geography (3)

HIS 101. History of the United States (3)

HIS 120. World Civilizations I (3) or

ANT 102. Ancient Civilizations (3)

HIS 301. Individual, Family and Community in Historical Perspective (3)

LBS 375. The California Experience (3)

SBS 318. Cultural Pluralism (3)

NOTE: Majors accepted into the Integrated Option take LBS 370  (5 units) instead of SBS 318 (3 units).

 

D. AREA IV - Visual and Performing Arts (15 units):

ART 100. Looking at Art (3) * or

THE 100. Television, Film and Theatre (3)

DAN 130. Dance Perceptions (3) or

MUS 101. Introducing Music (3)

HUM 310. Key Concepts (3) or

HUM 312. Key Movements (3) or

HUM 314. Key Issues (3)

Select one of the following four pairs of courses (6 units):

1. ART 301. Arts and Crafts for the Non-Major (3) and

    DAN 440. Dance for Children (3) * or

    KIN 447. Dance Education in Elementary School (3) or

    MUS 340. Music for Children (3) or

    MUS 440. Introduction to Orff Schulwerk (3)

2. DAN 440. Dance for Children (3) * or

    KIN 447. Dance Education in Elementary School (3) and

    ART 301. Arts and Crafts for the Non-Major or

    THE 337. Creative Dramatics (3) * or

    THE 374. Directing and Stage Management (3)

3. MUS 340. Music for Children (3) or

    MUS 440. Introduction to Orff Schulwerk (3) and

    ART 301. Arts and Crafts for the Non-Major or

    THE 337. Creative Dramatics (3) * or

    THE 374. Directing and Stage Management (3)

4. THE 337. Creative Dramatics (3) * and

    DAN 440. Dance for Children (3) * or

    KIN 447. Dance Education in Elementary School (3) or

    MUS 340. Music for Children (3) or

    MUS 440. Introduction to Orff Schulwerk (3)

 

E.  AREA V - Professional Development (13 units):

LBS 200. Introduction to Liberal Studies (1)

LBS 300. Early Fieldwork Experience (3)

LBS 400. Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies (3)

KIN 425. Physical Education in the Elementary School (3)*

PSY 350. Child Psychology (3) *

NOTE: Majors accepted into the Integrated option also complete TED coursework required to earn the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential before graduation (see Integrated Option).

 

F.  AREA VI - Options (12-30 units)

     Students must select and complete one of the approved options. The option provides in-depth study of a relevant subject area. Each option consists of a minimum of 12 units. One course from the Core Requirements (no more than 3 units) may double-count for both the Core and the Option. These courses are indicated with an asterisk (*) in the option course listing.  Students wishing to form a special option must complete at least four courses, a minimum of 12 units, and may not double count coursework.  Students accepted into the Integrated Option must complete a Concentration.

Options

Anthropology Option (12 units)

1.  Ethnology: select one of the following courses (3 units):

ANT 310. Culture and Personality: Psychological Anthropology (3)

ANT 312. Language and Culture (3) *

ANT 315. Magic & Religion (3)

ANT 388. Anthropological Theories of Behavior (3)

ANT 389. Transmission of Culture (3)

2.  Ethnography: select one of the following courses­ (3 units):

ANT 330. North American Indians (3)

ANT 335. Comparative Cultures (3)

ANT 341. Folklore (3)

ANT 370. Peoples of the Old World (3)

3.  Ancient Civilizations and Prehistory: select one of the following courses (3 units):

ANT 333. Ancient Peoples of Mexico and Guatemala (3)

ANT 350. Prehistory of Africa and Eurasia (3)

ANT 351. Prehistory of the Americas (3)

4.  Research Methods: select one of the following courses (3 units):

ANT 313. Methods & Techniques of Archaeology (3)

ANT 375. Ethnographic Methods and Techniques (3)

Art Option (12 units)

1.  Required course: Select one of the following (3 units):

ART 100. Looking at Art (3) *

2.  Select three of the following courses (9 units):

ART 150. Ceramics I (3)

ART 179. Drawing I (3)

ART 180. Painting I (3)

ART 190. Sculpture I (3)

Dance Option (12 units)

DAN 210. Ballet I (2)

DAN 220. Modern Dance I (2)

DAN 330. Beginning Choreography I (2)

DAN 355. History of Dance (3)

DAN 440. Dance for Children (3) *

Early Teaching and Learning Option (12 units)

LBS 310. Early Language and Learning (3)

LBS 320. Emergent Literacy and Learning (3)

LBS 330. Bridging Cultures through Literacy and Learning (3)

LBS 340. Early Mathematical Concepts and Reasoning (3)

English Language and Linguistics Option (12 units)

ENG 317. Sociolinguistics: Black English (3)

ENG 351. Composition for Elementary School Teachers (3)

ENG 414. American English (3)

ENG 487. Introduction to Second Language Learning and Teaching (3) *

English Literature Option (12 units)

ENG 305. Critical Reading of Literature (3) *

ENG 306. Backgrounds of Western Literature (3)

ENG 325. Poetry (3)

ENG 341. American Literature: 1865-Present (3)

Human Development Option (12 units)

Required Courses (6 units):

PSY 350. Child Psychology (3) *

SOC 322. Social Environment of Education (3)

Select one of the following:

PSY 351. Psychology of Adolescent Experience (3) or

PSY 382. Psychological Development of the Black Child (3)

Select one of the following:

SOC 369. Juvenile Delinquency (3) or

SOC 321. Sociology of Education (3) or

BIO 380. Biology of Childhood and Adolescence (3)

Integrated Option (30 units)

The Integrated Option integrates Liberal Studies subject matter with Teacher Education methods. Majors accepted into the Integrated Option are also accepted into the Teacher Education credentialing program.

TED 402. Educational Psychology (3)

TED 403. Elementary Reading and Language Arts I (3)

TED 404. Elementary Reading and Language Arts II (3)

TED 407. Language Learning (3)

TED 411. Classroom Management (2)

TED 412. Elementary Social Studies Methods (2)

TED 433. Practicum: Multiple Subject (3)

TED 437. Student Teaching: Elementary (9)

TED 448. Teaching Event (2)

Mathematics Option (13 units)

1.  Required courses (7 units):

MAT 207. Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers: Geometry (4) *

MAT 153. College Algebra and Trigonometry (4)

2.  Select two courses from the following (6 units):

MAT 131. Elementary Statistics and Probability (3)

MAT 141. Computers for the Mathematics Teaching (3)

MAT 143. Problem Solving in Mathematics (3)

Note: MAT 171 or any mathematics course used to complete the mathematics major, such as MAT 191 or MAT 193, may be substituted for any of the courses listed in the Mathematics Option above.

Natural Science Option (14 units)

1. Required Courses (8 units):

PHY 300. Physical Science for Teachers (4)*

CHE 102. Chemistry for the Citizen (3)

CHE 103. Chemistry Lab (1)

2.  Select one of the following (3 units):

GEO 315. Meteorology (3) or

EAR 100. Physical geology (3)

3.  Select one of the following (3 units):

BIO 336. Environmental Biology (3) or

BIO 254. Human Biology (3)

Physical Education Option (12 units)

1.  Required upper division courses (8 units):

KIN 305. Motor Learning (3)

KIN 425. Physical Education in the Elementary School (3) *

KIN 426. Directed Teaching in Elementary Physical Education (2)

2.  Select two (2) courses from the following (2 units):

KIN 111. Aerobics (1)

KIN 113. Social and Folk Dance (1)

KIN 132. Gymnastics (1)

3.  Select two (2) courses from the following (2 units):

KIN 118. Basketball (1)

KIN 150. Soccer (1)

KIN 152. Softball (1)      

KIN 164. Volleyball (1)

Spanish Option (12 units)

SPA 305. Advanced Composition, Syntax and Stylistics (3)

SPA 311. The Structure of Spanish (3)

SPA 341. Advanced Conversation (3)

SPA 435. A Sociolinguistic Approach to Mexican American Dialect (3) *

`NOTE: Prerequisites may be required. Students who have completed some high school or community college Spanish and who pass a proficiency test will be placed in the appropriate semester of college Spanish. Consult the Foreign Languages department advisor for details.

Theatre Arts Option (12 units)

1.  Required Upper Division Courses (9 units):

THE 320. Speech Skills and Techniques (3)

THE 337. Creative Dramatics (3)*

THE 374. Stage Directing (3)

2.  Elective Courses (minimum of 3 units required):

THE 243. Stagecraft (3)

THE 346. Theatre Workshop (1, 2)

THE 355. World Theatre I (3)

THE 357. World Theatre II (3)

 

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title. For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

Non-Baccalaureate

LBS 010          CBEST Preparation in Reading (1).

Specifically designed to assist participants in developing skills and knowledge necessary for passing the reading section of the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test).  CR/NC grading.

LBS 020          CBEST Preparation in Writing (1).

Specifically designed to assist participants in developing skills and knowledge necessary for passing the writing section of the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test). CR/NC grading.

LBS 030          CBEST Preparation in Math (1).

Specifically designed to assist participants in developing skills and knowledge necessary for passing the mathematics section of the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test). CR/NC grading.

Lower Division

LBS 200          Introduction to Liberal Studies (1).

Prerequisite: CBEST exam is highly recommended.

Introduction to the Liberal Studies major and to the teaching profession. Study of California K-8 Content Standards, orientation to campus services, and beginning electronic portfolio entries for subject matter assessment. Computer technology for future teachers will be introduced and examined, with practical applications including email, databases, web searches, and electronic portfolios. This course requires three hours of observation and participation in K-6 public school classrooms. CR/NC grading.

Upper Division

LBS 300          Early Fieldwork Experience (3).

Prerequisite: LBS 200. California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Certificate of Clearance, current negative TB documentation and scores for all three sections of the CBEST.

Provides Liberal Studies majors with planned, structured field experiences in classrooms at the elementary school level (K-6). A minimum of 30 hours of structured, documented observation/participation in public elementary schools (K-6) is required. CR/NC grading.

LBS 310          Early Language and Learning (3)

Early language development and learning ages 0-3.  Strategies for supporting first, second, and dual language acquisition; environmental print; literate home and care environments; atypical language development; planning assessing young children's language experiences. 10 hours of fieldwork in an infant/toddler setting.

LBS 320          Emergent Literacy and Learning (3)

Prerequisite: LBS 310.

Emergent literacy and learning in children ages 3-5.  Strategies for teaching biliteracy, communication skills, word and sentence structures, phonemic awareness, print recognition, alphabetic principle, concepts about print, literature, and emergent writing. 10 hours of fieldwork in an urban preschool setting.

LBS 330          Bridging Cultures through Literacy and Learning (3)

Cultural dimensions of literacy and language acquisition in early years.  Strategies for supporting heritage language, teaching comprehensive family literacy, English language development, and valuing culture in home and school. 10 hours of fieldwork in an urban setting with English learners.

LBS 340          Learning Early Mathematical Concepts and Reasoning (3)

Practice, principles, and strategies in mathematics ages 0-5.  Number sense, classification, measurement and geometry, patterning, mathematical reasoning; tools and manipulatives for teaching mathematics and pre-numeracy; planning, teaching, and evaluating a lesson. 10 hours of fieldwork in an urban preschool setting.

LBS 355          Writing in Education (3).

Prerequisite: ENG 350.

Advanced grammar and composition for students preparing to be elementary school teachers. Focuses on professional writing modes and tasks for educators, including analytical educational writing, literature reviews, case studies, classroom observations, and school communications.

LBS 360          Blended Math Methods: Math Content and Pedagogy (5).

Prerequisite: Admittance to the Integrated Option Program.

Designed to develop students' mathematical content knowledge and pedagogical skills necessary for the effective teaching of elementary mathematics in the urban classroom.

LBS 370          Multicultural Studies: Teaching in a Diverse Society (5).

Prerequisite: Admittance to the Integrated Option Program.

Introduces students to the challenges of teaching in urban schools. Topics include multiculturalism, social scientific theory, and educational research regarding the schooling of ethnic and language minority students.

LBS 375          California Experience (3).

Examination of the California experience through three interrelated social science disciplines: history, geography, and government. Specifically focuses upon academic content which prepares students to teach the broad range of K-8 California Content Standards.

LBS 380          Blended Science Methods: Science Content and Pedagogy (4).

Prerequisite: Admittance to the Integrated Option Program.

Designed to develop students' science content knowledge and pedagogical skills necessary for the effective teaching of elementary science in the urban classroom.

LBS 400          Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies (3).

Prerequisite: LBS 300.

Provides a culmination of the Liberal Studies experience and an introduction to the Teacher Education Credential Program. Requirements include 10 hours of observation and participation in urban, multilingual and multicultural school settings and includes students with disabilities. Course topics include credential program overview, introduction to Teacher Performance Expectations, Teacher Performance Assessment systems and electronic portfolio, the California Content Standards, lesson planning, and the professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities of teachers.

LBS 401          Multiple Subject Matter Equivalency Evaluation Class (1).

Prerequisite: Approval of Liberal Studies Department Chair.

Fulfills the subject matter assessment requirement of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for students completing the Multiple Subject Matter Equivalency Program. Includes assessment of subject matter knowledge and review of the current state curriculum standards for K-8 instruction. CR/NC grading.

LBS 494          Independent Studies in Liberal Studies (1-3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and Liberal Studies Department Chair.

Independent study in a topic related to the Liberal Studies Program.

LBS 495          Special Topics in Liberal Studies (1-3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and Liberal Studies Department Chair.

A course in a topic related to the Liberal Studies Program of special interest to faculty and students for which no current course exists.

LBS 496          Special Fieldwork in Liberal Studies (1-3).

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and Liberal Studies department Chair.

Fieldwork experience related to the Liberal Studies Program in settings other than public schools. CR/NC grading.