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Liberal Studies Discipline Courses Details

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LS 300 GW : Perspectives on Liberal Studies - GWAR

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better. Enrollment priority for Liberal Studies majors.
Description: Basic preparation for interdisciplinary study. Draws on language arts, mathematics, science, social sciences, humanities, and creative arts to prepare students for advanced work in Liberal Studies and for careers requiring breadth and depth of knowledge. (ABC/NC grading only.) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LS 309 : Physical Sciences for Elementary School Teachers

Prerequisites: Completion of the Physical Sciences GE requirement.
Description: Designed for prospective elementary/middle school (K-8) teachers. Understanding through inquiry the structure and property of matter and principles of motion and energy. Class work, 2 units; laboratory, 1 unit.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LS 400 : Social Sciences Core I

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: An interdisciplinary approach to the scientific study of human social behavior. Exploration of the similarities and differences between the social science disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and sociology with respect to their subject matter, concepts, models, and research approaches. (Formerly SS 300.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Integrating the Social Sciences
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LS 401 : Social Sciences Core II

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: An interdisciplinary social science approach to the disciplines of history, geography, economics and political science with regard to their subject matter, concepts, models, and research approaches. Considers the prospects and problems of interdisciplinary vs. disciplinary social analysis. (Formerly SS 301.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Integrating the Social Sciences
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LS 426 : Thought and Image: Creative Arts

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Works in the creative arts and humanities studied in terms of the unique ways the meanings, values, and forms reflect their cultures of origin. Works from at least two global cultures will be included. [Formerly CA 426.]
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Expression: Diversity, Contradiction, Unity
  • Segment III Cluster - Arts in Society
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LS 430 : Future of the Forests

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; one course in college-level biology.
Description: Ecological and social dimensions of Western-Hemisphere forests; forest ecology and science; socio-political relations of industries to forest decline and with minority forest dwellers and laborers; sustainability and the future role of forests.
Units: 3

LS 460 : Childhood, Nature, and Society

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing.
Description: Exploration of the relationship between childhood and nature in pre-through-post industrial societies using theory, research and methods from the social sciences. [Formerly S S 460.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

LS 681 : Community Service Learning in the Schools

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Projects in history and social studies learning at the K-12 level. Meets state early field experience requirement for multiple and single subject credential program admissions. May be repeated for a total of 6 units. This course is offered as LS 681 and HIST 68. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Integrating the Social Sciences
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

LS 690 : Liberal Studies Senior Seminar

Prerequisites: LS 300 and senior standing.
Description: Interdisciplinary theory, research and practice. Examination of key questions and complex problems from multiple perspectives through preparation of a substantial piece of work.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

LS 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Declared liberal studies major; upper division standing and consent of instructor.
Description: Independent inquiry into a specific interdisciplinary issue or problem formulated by the student and approved and supervised by a member of the Liberal Studies faculty.
Units: 1-3
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