Liberal Studies  {SF State Bulletin 2013 - 2014}

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Liberal Studies

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Dean: Paul Sherwin

 

Liberal Studies Program

BH 238
Phone: 415-338-6927
Web Site: www.sfsu.edu/~ls
Program Director: Bruce Avery
Program Advising Coordinator: Eva Chuck

 

Advising takes place at the Liberal Studies Office. Advising schedules are available at the Liberal Studies Office and on the web.

 

Faculty

Associate Professors: Augsburg, de Barros, Hennessy

 

Program

B.A. in Liberal Studies

 


 

Program Scope

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies requires 120 units for graduation. The 46-unit liberal studies major has a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary curriculum encompassing all areas of knowledge in the arts and sciences. Many employers and professional schools prefer graduates with the type of richly diversified education that this major provides. The liberal studies program is also recommended as preparation for students who aspire to become elementary school teachers.

 

Before meeting with an individual advisor, liberal studies majors are expected to review the information in this Bulletin and on the web by going to www.sfsu.edu/~ls/program.html.

 

Career Outlook

The liberal studies major is applicable to a variety of fields. The teacher preparation emphasis provides the broad academic background necessary for teaching in an elementary classroom and as part of a student’s preparation for the CSET Multiple Subjects (California Subject Examinations for Teachers). The major can be planned with a particular career in mind, such as government or public service, management, or work in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, communications, or in multicultural communities. It is appropriate preparation for various professional and graduate programs such as business, counseling, law, librarianship, medicine, and for disciplinary or interdisciplinary graduate programs.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Each student should consult with an advisor to discuss the liberal studies major, selection of courses, and preparation of the planning worksheet.

 

Liberal Studies majors who successfully complete LS 300 GW in Spring 2009 or thereafter will have satisfied the university Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

 

For additional information on the program as well as a complete list of approved emphasis courses, go to http://www.sfsu.edu/~ls/.

 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Requirements for the Major

Before beginning the Core courses, students should have completed Segment I of General Education, including ENG 214 or equivalent (e.g., AFRS 214, or ENG 1B at a community college).

 

Please note: the courses that appear below are approved for the major. In the event that approved courses are not offered, substitutions may be made on advisement.

 

Required Core Courses

(All units must be upper division)

 

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies (3 units)

Course Title
LS 300 GW Perspectives on Liberal Studies - GWAR

 

Area I—Communication, Language, and Literature (7 units)

Course Title
    Literature
    Communication Studies (4)

 

Area II—Life Science, Physical Science, and Mathematics (6 units)

Course Title
    Life Science
    Physical Science

 

Area III—Behavioral and Social Sciences (6 units)

Course Title
    LS 400 Social Sciences Core I
    LS 401 Social Sciences Core II

 

Area IV—Creative Arts and Humanities (6 units)

Course Title
    HUM 425 Thought and Image: Humanities
    LS 426 Thought and Image: Creative Arts

 

Culminating Experience (3 units)

Course Title
LS 690 Liberal Studies Senior Seminar

Total Units for Core: 31 units

 

Area of Emphasis (12 units)

A 12-unit emphasis pattern must be selected on advisement. Within that pattern, a minimum of 6 units must be upper-division. Alternatively, students may also choose to complete an approved minor.

 

Units on Advisement (3 units)

A minimum of 3 additional lower or upper division units chosen with a liberal studies advisor. The course should be related to the student’s interests and educational, professional, or career goals.

 

Total for Major: 46 units

 

Liberal Studies Emphasis Patterns

Students must complete one of the approved emphasis patterns. A minimum of twelve semester units must be taken, with at least six units at the upper division level. Students may also choose to complete a minor on advisement to satisfy the emphasis requirement. Consult http://www.sfsu.edu/~ls/ for the list of courses that satisfy the approved emphasis patterns and the list of approved minors.

 

Students interested in becoming elementary school teachers are strongly encouraged to choose the Liberal Studies major with Teacher Preparation Emphasis described below under “Recommended Major Program and Additional Subject Matter Preparation for Students Pursuing the Multiple Subject Credential.”

 

Courses Included in the Liberal Studies Major

With advisor and advising coordinator approval, courses transferred from other institutions may be used to fulfill the Core requirements of the major if they are upper division and equivalent in content to those courses listed below. Lower and/or upper division courses transferred from other institutions may be used in the Emphasis Pattern so long as at least six units are upper division and the content of the courses is equivalent. Lower and/or upper division courses transferred from other institutions may be used in the Units on Advisement category. All residence requirements stipulated in the Bulletin must be met.

 

Courses used to meet General Education Basic Subjects (Segment I) requirements in Written Communication, Oral Communication, and Critical Thinking may not be used to meet any part of the liberal studies major.

 

Grading. A maximum of two courses in the major may be taken for a CR grade.

 

A course may be used for only one purpose within the major. For example, if a course is used in the Core, it may not be used in the Emphasis Pattern or in the Elective Units on Advisement.

 

On-line course descriptions are available, including any prerequisites or co-requisites.

 

Required Core Courses

Before beginning the Core courses, students should have completed Segment I of General Education, including ENG 214 or equivalent (e.g. AFRS 214, or ENG 1B at a community college). LS 300 GW introduces important concepts of interdisciplinary study and should be taken either before or concurrently with the Area Core Courses, usually no later than the junior year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all Area Core Courses before taking LS 690, the culminating experience for the major, in the senior year.

 

Please note: the courses that appear below are approved for the major. In the event that approved courses are not offered, substitutions may be made on advisement.

 

Introduction to Liberal Studies

Course Title
LS 300 GW Perspectives on Liberal Studies - GWAR
(Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.)

 

Area I—Communication, Language, and Literature

Literature—Select one:

Course Title
AA S 322 Chinese American Language and Literature
AA S 352 Filipina/o American Literature, Art, and Culture
AA S 512 Asian American Children's/Adolescent Literature
AFRS 411 African and African American Literature
AFRS 420 Black Fiction
CWL 400 GW Approaches to Comparative Literature - GWAR
CWL 440 Typical American: Narratives of Multiculturalism in the Americas from 1492 to the Present
ENG 475 Fundamentals of Literary Analysis
ENG 554 Modern American Novel
ENG 555 The Short Story
ENG 583 Shakespeare: Representative Plays
ENG 584 Shakespeare: Selected Plays
ENG 635 Coming of Age in America
ENG 636 Greek and Roman Myth and Modern Literature
ENG 655 Literature and the Adolescent Reader
LTNS 560 Contemporary Latina/o Literature
WGS 541/
ENG 614 
Women Writers and Social Change
[topic course--no other topics acceptable]
WGS 548 Literature by U.S. Women of Color
WGS 551 Lesbian and Queer Perspectives in Literature and Media

 

Communication Studies—Select one:

Course Title
COMM 351 Public Speaking (4)
COMM 352 Women and Words (4)
COMM 353 Speech for the Classroom Teacher (4)
COMM 362 Introduction to Oral Interpretation (4)
COMM 363 Oral Interpretation of the First Person Voice (4)
COMM 364 Oral Interpretation of Children’s Literature (4)
COMM 365 Argumentation and Debate (4)
COMM 366 Persuasion (4)
COMM 521 Group Discussion (4)

 

Area II—Life Science, Physical Science, and Mathematics

Life Science—Select one:

Course Title
BIOL 300 Nature Study
BIOL 310 Biology for Today's World
BIOL 313 Principles of Ecology
BIOL 318 Our Endangered Planet
BIOL 326 Disease!
BIOL 327 AIDS: Biology of the Modern Epidemic
BIOL 330 Human Sexuality (BIOL 322 is not a substitute)

 

Physical Science—Select one (or approved alternative):

Course Title
CHEM 380 Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution
(Prerequisite: CHEM 115)
GEOL 302 The Violent Earth
LS 309 Physical Sciences for Elementary School Teachers
METR 302 The Violent Atmosphere and Ocean

 

Area III—Behavioral and Social Sciences

Course Title
LS 400
  and
LS 401
Social Sciences Core I or approved alternative
 
Social Sciences Core II or approved alternative

 

Area IV—Creative Arts and Humanities

Course Title
HUM 425
  and
LS 426
Thought and Image: Humanities
 
Thought and Image: Creative Arts

 

Culminating Experience

Course Title
LS 690 Liberal Studies Senior Seminar
(LS 300 GW is a prerequisite)

 

Emphasis Pattern Beyond the Core

Students select one of the approved emphasis patterns. A minimum of twelve semester units beyond the Core must be taken with liberal studies advisor approval, with at least six units completed at the upper division level. Students may choose to complete an approved minor in lieu of an area of emphasis. Refer to the Liberal Studies website (http://www.sfsu.edu/~ls/) and consult with a major advisor regarding possible emphases.

 

Area I: Communication, Language, and Literature

  • English Language: Literature, Language, and Communication
  • Literature and Oral Performance
  • Languages and Literatures Other Than English
    • Chinese
    • Classical Languages
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Russian
    • Spanish

 

Area II: Life Science, Physical Science, and Mathematics

  • Earth and Space Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy

 

Area III: Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Geography
  • Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Urban Studies

 

Area IV: Creative Arts and Humanities

  • Creative Arts
  • Humanities
    • American Cultural Studies
    • Asian Cultural Studies
    • Cities Studies
    • Cross-cultural Studies
    • European Cultural Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religion

 

Integrated Studies

  • Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
  • California Studies
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Gender, Culture, and Representation
  • Jewish Studies
  • Multidisciplinary Ethnic Studies

 

Units on Advisement

Students must select a minimum of 3 additional units. These units may be either lower or upper division and must be approved by a liberal studies advisor. The course should be related to the student’s interests and educational, professional, or career goals. No units are required if completing the Teacher Preparation Emphasis or a minor.

 

Elementary Teaching Preparation Emphasis

Recommended major program and additional subject matter preparation for students pursuing the Multiple Subject Credential

Future elementary school teachers are expected to be familiar with all of the subject matter taught in schools. Students seeking the Multiple Subject Credential must pass the CSET: Multiple Subjects examination. To support your preparation for the CSET, students are advised to complete the subject matter preparation program, which includes the liberal studies major with the Elementary Teaching Preparation Emphasis plus the recommended general education courses listed below. By completing these courses, students will have studied all of the subject matter areas covered by the CSET. The additional subject matter program does not waive the CSET, but serves as a preparation program for the CSET and for elementary school teaching.

 

Students interested in becoming elementary or special education teachers should also attend an information meeting given by the Credential and Graduate Services Center. At the meeting, students learn all of the credential program admission requirements. Consult http://www.sfsu.edu/~cstpc/ or call 415-405-3594 for more information. General information about teaching careers may be found at the Credential and Graduate Services Center in BH 244.

 

Core Courses

Before beginning the core courses, students should have completed Segment I of General Education, including ENG 214 or equivalent (e.g. AFRS 214, or ENG 1B at a community college). LS 300 GW Perspectives on Liberal Studies – GWAR, introduces important concepts of interdisciplinary study and should be taken either before or concurrently with the Area Core Courses, usually no later than the junior year. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all Area Core Courses before taking LS 690 Liberal Studies Senior Seminar , the culminating experience for the major, in the senior year.

 

Please note: the courses that appear below are approved for the major. In the event that approved courses are not offered, substitutions may be made on advisement.

 

Introduction to Liberal Studies

Course Title
LS 300 GW Perspectives on Liberal Studies - GWAR
(Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.)

 

Area I—Communication, Language, and Literature

Literature—Select one (or approved alternative):

Course Title
AA S 512 Asian American Children's/Adolescent Literature
CWL 400 GW Approaches to Comparative Literature - GWAR
CWL 440 Typical American: Narratives of Multiculturalism in the Americas from 1492 to the Present
ENG 475 Fundamentals of Literary Analysis
ENG 635 Coming of Age in America
ENG 636 Greek and Roman Myth and Modern Literature
ENG 655 Literature and the Adolescent Reader

 

Communication Studies—Select one (or approved alternative):

Course Title
COMM 353 Speech for the Classroom Teacher (4)
COMM 364 Oral Interpretation of Children’s Literature (4)

 

Area II—Life Science, Physical Science, and Mathematics

Life Science

Course Title
BIOL 310 Biology for Today’s World or approved alternative

  and

Physical Science

Course Title
LS 309 Physical Sciences for Elementary School Teachers or approved alternative

 

Area III—Behavioral and Social Sciences

History/California—Select one:

Course Title
AFRS 312 Kalifia: The Black Heritage in California
AIS 410 Perspectives of Native California Indians
AA S 510 Asian Americans in California
GEOG 600/
ENVS 600 
Environmental Problems and Solutions
HIST 450 History of California
LTNS 315 Latina/os in California
LS 401 Social Sciences Core II

  and

Psychocultural/Family Studies/Human Development—Select one:

Course Title
AFRS 525 Black Child Development
AA S 315 Chinese American Personality
AA S 335 Japanese American Personality
AA S 355 Psyche and Behavior of Pilipinos
AA S 550 Asian Americans of Mixed Heritage
ANTH 310 Family, Kin, and Community
CFS 320 Children and Families
HIST 469/
S S 469 
American Childhoods: Past and Present
L S 460 Child, Nature, & Society
PSY 330 Child Development
RRS 625 Mixed Race Studies: A Comparative Focus
LS 400 Social Sciences Core I
AMST 300 Perspectives on American Culture
SOC 464 Families and Society (4)

 

Area IV—Creative Arts and Humanities

Course Title
HUM 425
  and
LS 426
Thought and Image Humanities
 
Thought and Image: Creative Arts

 

Culminating Experience

Course Title
LS 690 Liberal Studies Senior Seminar
(LS 300 GW is a prerequisite)

 

Elementary Teaching Preparation Emphasis (15 units)

Course Title
MATH 165
 
  and
MATH 565
Concepts of the Number System
for the Elementary Grades

 
Concepts of Geometry, Measurement, and Probability
or approved alternative

 

Choose three from below, or approved alternative:

Course Title
ART 450 Art for Children
E ED 603 Promoting Young Children’s Social and Emotional Development
HIST 114 World History to 1500
KIN 401 Elementary School Physical Education, K–5
MUS 601 Music for Children
TH A 451 Storytelling and Folk Literature

 

 

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