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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, B.A.

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(120 UNITS)

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies requires 51 units in the major, including: 30 units of core courses; and the 21-unit option under the Elementary Education Plan or the Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan. Each course counted for the major must be completed with a “C” (2.0) or better.

Sequence of Core Courses

Because the core curriculum is designed as an integrated whole and builds upon the student’s general education, there is an order in which these courses need to be taken and there are certain prerequisites for them. LBST 300  and LBST 302A /LBST 302B  come first. LBST 302A  is a prerequisite for LBST 302B .

LBST 302B  and LBST 301  are prerequisites for LBST 303 , LBST 304 , LBST 305 , because they pick up the historical developments where LBST 302B  leaves off.

LBST 401  and the Senior Seminar come last. LBST 401  or PHIL 401  requires the completion of LBST 304  and either LBST 303  or LBST 305 . The Senior Seminar requires senior standing, the completion of 90 units of college work.

Elementary Education Plan (21 units)

Arts and Humanities (6 units)

Social Science and Cultural Diversity (6 units)

Social Sciences (3 units)

Cultural Diversity (3 units)

Elective (3 units)

One upper-division course from Biological Science, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physics or other upper-division course from any department or program in the above Arts and Humanities or Social Science and Cultural Diversity categories. MATH 303A  is highly recommended.

Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan (21 units)

The Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan (ITP) is designed for students who have broad interests that expand beyond the confines of a single department. For these students, the ability to construct their own area of interdisciplinary study by taking advanced coursework in several disciplines may be more beneficial than restricting their study to one of the various majors offered by the university. The Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan does not duplicate any existing major. It is a well-thought-out, highly individualized group of courses that, even though they come from various departments, have a common subject, focus or interest.

ITP students may center their coursework on an academic interest or may select courses that prepare them for later professional training or for specific careers.

Personalized Coordinated Program (18 units)

ITP students are allowed to select, in consultation with a liberal studies adviser, 18 units of upper-division coursework from various departments for the purpose of pursuing an interdisciplinary problem, theme or issue.

To ensure breadth of knowledge, ITP students are allowed to take: (a) no more than nine units from a single department; and (b) no more than 15 units from a single area of knowledge (humanities and arts, science, social sciences). ITP students should have their study plan approved by a liberal studies adviser prior to taking coursework.

Senior Project (3 units)

To integrate and synthesize knowledge acquired through their Personalized Coordinated Program, ITP students must complete a senior project (such as a thesis or a creative work relevant to the theme of their Personalized Coordinated Program) by enrolling in LBST 482  or three units of LBST 499  with a professor of their choice. ITP students should schedule an appointment with a LBST adviser immediately after deciding upon the thematic plan in order to organize a project and enroll in the required units of LBST 482  or LBST 499.

Total (120 units)

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