Planning your Degree Program in Liberal Studies
What to do next?
II. At least one semester before you plan to graduate
III. During your final semester
I. Your First Semester at SF State
If you are a freshman or sophomore student, you should concentrate on completing Segments I and II of General Education, Written English, and the History and Government requirements. It is particularly important for you to complete your English requirements (English 114 and 214 or their equivalents) before taking most Liberal Studies major courses. Before taking any course at SF State, read the course description at the back of the Bulletin to make sure you have any necessary course prerequisites.
If you are a freshman or sophomore student and intend to pursue a Multiple Subject teaching credential, look at the courses listed under the recommended Additional Subject Matter courses in the Bulletin, and choose General Education courses that are also on these lists-you can use these courses to meet both requirements at the same time.
If you are a junior or senior, you should choose courses from the list of Liberal Studies Core courses. All of the courses on this list are upper division (numbered 300+ at SF State). Be sure to take LS 300, Perspectives on Liberal Studies, during your first semester. If you have not yet completed the lower division English requirements (English 114 and 214 or their equivalents), you should complete them as soon as possible and before taking the Core courses since you will be required to do a great deal of writing in these courses. Before taking any course at SF State, read the course description at the back of the Bulletin to make sure you have any necessary course prerequisites. Note: All work taken at a community college is considered lower division. Thus, if you transferred to SF State from a community college, you will still need to take all of the Core Courses.
If you are a junior or senior and intend to pursue a Multiple Subject teaching credential, you also may want to look at the courses listed under the recommended Additional Subject Matter courses in the Bulletin . Be sure to attend an information meeting given by the Credential Programs Admission Office before the end of your junior year.
For your first semester at SF State, choose courses to meet requirements that you are SURE you have not met. You may want to choose courses from this list that also meet General Education - you can use these courses to meet both requirements at the same time. Look at the clusters in Segment III-this last part of General Education MUST be completed at SF State (be sure to follow the rules for completing Segment III). Popular Segment III clusters for Liberal Studies majors include: Arts in Society (formerly Audience and the Arts), Human Expression, or Integrating the Social Sciences. Each of these clusters includes two core courses that must be taken by Liberal Studies majors.
II. At Least One Semester Before You Plan to Graduate
If you have not already done so, submit your planning worksheet to your advisor for his or her approval and the approval of the Program Coordinator.
The worksheet must be signed and approved before your advisor will sign your graduation application. Be sure to keep a copy of your worksheet for your files!
With the help of your advisor, you should also develop a separate list of course options for your final semester in case of schedule changes to make sure you can graduate on time.
Liberal Studies: Class of 2009
III. During Your Final Semester
Applying For Graduation:
____ Go to the Registrars' Undergraduate Degree Application webpage for information about applying for graduation and to download the application. The application for graduation is due within the first few weeks of the semester you plan to graduate.
____ Carefully read and complete the application. List only courses in your major, including those which you are completing that semester, indicating that those courses are "in progress." This should total 46 units. List the courses in the same order that they appear on your planning worksheet.
____ If you are taking units during your final semester that are in excess of the 120 units required to graduate and are not required as part of your BA degree, you may request on the application for graduation to have these courses count for post-baccalaureate credit (see Bulletin under "Post-Baccalaureate Credit for Graduating Senior Level Students"). This is useful for future teachers because the teacher pay scale in many school districts is based partly on the number of units completed after award of the baccalaureate degree.
____ Meet with your advisor. Take a copy of your approved planning worksheet and all of your records. The major courses on your graduation application must be the same as on your approved worksheet, unless there has been an approved change. Obtain signatures on the graduation application from your advisor and from the Program Coordinator (the Coordinator signs as department chair).
____ Pay the diploma fee at the Student Services Building and turn in your graduation application.
____ If you are planning to graduate at the end of summer, obtain the required signatures before the end of June.