Liberal Studies - Blended Program, B.A.

Department

Department of Liberal Studies

Frederick L. Nelson, Chair

Jessica McVay, Advisor
Ivy Fitzpatric, Advisor

Education Building, Room 100
559.278.0300

http://www.fresnostate.edu/liberalstudies/

Degrees and Programs Offered

BA in Liberal Studies - Blended Program, B.A.

The mission of the Liberal Studies Program is to provide a strong knowledge-based education in the liberal arts that will provide subject matter preparation for elementary teaching or foundation preparation for other professions such as law, medicine, journalism, and various fields of public service.

The blended program allows students the opportunity to blend subject matter preparation and teacher preparation by offering coursework in both areas concurrently.

Courses

Liberal Studies

LS 110W. Writing in the K-8 Classroom

Prerequisites: Completion of at least 56 units; Completion of the lower division writing requirement. Enrollment limited to Liberal Studies majors. This course explores teaching writing in the K-8 classroom. Students will engage in genre analysis and the writing process. (Formerly LEE 110W)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

UNIV 1. An Introduction to Learning and the University

Assists students to acquire attitudes and skills needed to be effective lifelong learners. Individual and group activities focus on adaptation to change, study skills, goal setting, time management, career planning, information competence, community engagement, health and wellness. Exposure to campus resources. GE Area E1.

Units: 3
GE Area: E1

Requirements

Liberal Studies Blended Program Requirements

The Blended Program blends or integrates three elements - the General Education program, the courses required in the liberal studies major, and the courses required for teacher preparation - which can result in a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a preliminary Multiple Subject Teaching Credential or Educational Specialist Credential. All liberal studies students complete the same program of 99-103 units of general education and major courses but then have several ways in which they may complete their degree. For those pursuing a Multiple Subject or Educational Specialist Credential, most of the credential courses may be included in a carefully planned four-year program.

Attention: The liberal studies degree and credential listed here are correct as of the time of publication of this catalog. As teacher education programs are subject to state and system legislative control, it is recommended that students interested in the credential consult the Education Student Services Center of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development for current program requirements.

Those intending to complete the bachelor's degree and not teach, should enroll only in the courses listed in the major requirements below. However, they will have units remaining for elective or double major work. Those intending to teach should enroll in both the major requirements and each of the courses listed under the credential requirements.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Liberal Studies Major

1. Major requirements (39 units)
KINES 152 (3 units)
LING 11 (3 units)
MATH 10B (3 units)
PSYCH 169, SPED 120, or RA 125 (3 units)
ART 179, MUSIC 153, DRAMA 136S, 137, or DANCE 160S (3 units)
ENGL 117W or LS 110W (3 units)
CI 100 (3 units)
COMM 114 (3 units)
ECON 165 (3 units)
LING 132 (3 units)
MATH 100 (3 units)
EES 9 (3 units)
SSCI 180 or SOC 111 (3 units)

2. General Education requirements (49 units)
[A1] COMM 3, 7, or 8 (3 units)
[A2] ENGL 5B or 10 (3 units)
[A3] Any A3 course (3 units)
[B1] NSCI 1A (3-4 units)
[B2] BIOL 10 (3 units)
[B4] MATH 10A (3 units)
[C1] ART 1; ARTH 10 and 11; MUSIC 9, 74; or DRAMA 62 (3 units)
[C1 or C2] ENGL 20, 30; HUM 10, 11 (3-4 units)
[C2] HIST 20* (3 units)
[D1] HIST 11 (3 units)
[D2] PLSI 2 (3 units)
[D3] GEOG 4 (3 units)
[E] CFS 39 (3 units)
[IB] NSCI 115 (3 units)
[IC] IAS 108 (3 units)
[ID] SSCI 110 (3 units)

3. Other requirements (6 units)
Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
Electives may be used to satisfy Multiple Subject or Education Specialist Credential Program requirements as listed below.

5. Total units (120)

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* HIST 20 is G.E. Area C2 for liberal studies students only. (For all other students, HIST 20 is G.E. Area D3.)

 

Visual and Performing Arts Requirement Note

Selection of a visual and performing arts course in the major (ART 179, MUSIC 153, DRAMA 136,136S, 137 or DANCE 160) must be from a discipline that is different from that taken to meet G.E. Area C1.

Multiple Subject Credential

Prerequisite: EHD 50.
Prerequisite or corequisite*: CI 100.
For students pursuing a credential and a liberal studies degree simultaneously, the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) must be passed prior to enrollment in final student teaching (EHD 170 or SPED 175/176). For students pursuing a Multiple Subject Education/Specialist Credential after completion of a degree, the CSET must be passed as one condition for admission to the program.
Courses
CI 171, 175, 176; EHD 170, 174, 178; LEE 172, 173, 177; SPED 179
Total (51 units)
Note: Consult advisor for sequencing of courses.

* CI 100 may be taken concurrently with Phase 1 courses. CI 100 must be completed prior to beginning Phase 2 courses.

Education Specialist Credential

Prerequisite: EHD 50.
Prerequisite or corequisite*: CI 100
For students pursuing a credential and a liberal studies degree simultaneously, the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) must be passed prior to enrollment in final student teaching (EHD 170 or SPED 175/176). For students pursuing a Multiple Subject Education/Specialist Credential after completion of a degree, the CSET must be passed as one condition for admission to the program.
Courses
CI 171, 175, 176; LEE 172, 173, 177;; EHD 174, 178; SPED 125, 130, 156, 171/172, 175/176;
Mild/Moderate
SPED 126, 136, 137
Moderate/Severe
SPED 145, 146, 147
Other approved courses
Total (51 units)

* CI 100 may be taken concurrently with Phase 1 courses. CI 100 must be completed prior to beginning Phase 2 courses.

For additional information regarding admission to the Multiple Subject or Education Specialist Credential programs, contact the Education Student Services Center in ED 100 or visit the KSOEHD Web site at http://www.fresnostate.edu/kremen/.

Liberal Studies majors who plan to obtain a credential should attend an orientation by signing up in the Education Student Services Center in ED 100 during the semester prior to entering the credential program.

Faculty

For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
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Roadmap

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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Careers

Liberal studies majors preparing for careers in elementary teaching should expect to find a favorable job market. Recent statistical reports for the Central Valley show that the area population and the number of school-aged children continue to grow. This pattern of growth, along with anticipated attrition from the teaching profession will require additional well-prepared, credentialed elementary teachers.

Liberal studies majors not planning careers in teaching will find that a number of area employers are seeking prospective employees with a broader vision of the world, not normally provided by a narrow specialization. Opportunities are available in people-oriented jobs such as public relations, personnel, medicine, etc.

As liberal studies candidates prepare for entrance into the teaching profession or other careers, they are provided expert assistance from the campus Career Services Office. Assistance in preparing placement files, preparing for job interviews, and searching for suitable employment is readily available for each candidate.

About the School

The Kremen School of Education and Human Development is a center for academic excellence and collaboration in the fields of education and counseling. Graduates will become community leaders who advocate for high standards and democratic values with attention to professional ethics and diversity.

School Contact Information

Kremen School of Education and Human Development
5005 N. Maple Ave. MS ED1
Fresno, CA 93740-8025

Phone: (559) 278-0300
FAX: (559) 278-0387

Department Contact Information

Education Student Services Center 
Kremen School of Education and Human Development 
5005 N. Maple, Fresno, California, 93740-8025

Office Location:

Education Building, Room 100
Phone (559) 278-0300 | Fax (559) 278-0387