Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary, B.A.

Mission

The mission of the Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary major is to provide a broad, liberal arts education to Christian students, enriching their personal and professional life in a wide range of subjects, such as literature, math, science, history, communications, Bible, theology, music and art, preparing them to step into professional educational roles, or graduate school, with a quality, liberal arts background.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge and comprehension of subject matter content through course assignments and portfolio (ULO 1).
  2. Integrate personal faith with intellectual learning through incorporating subject matter knowledge with Christian beliefs in their philosophy paper (ULO 1 and 2).
  3. Develop effective communication and collaboration skills as demonstrated through professional dispositions and competencies evaluations and academic projects (ULO 2 and 3).
  4. Develop critical thinking skills by analyzing case studies, synthesizing information from multiple sources, considering diverse perspectives, making rational decisions, and critically examining ideas in their writing competency paper (ULO 1).
  5. Demonstrate strong social and personal traits and biblical worldview that reflect a strong spiritual commitment, as reflected in professional dispositions and competencies evaluations and philosophy of education (ULO 2 and 3).
  6. Through the concentrations, students will (ULO 1):
  • Biology: Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the biological sciences in three of the following areas: botany, marine biology, invertebrate biology, vertebrate biology, natural history, ecology, and current topics.
  • Early Childhood: Demonstrate developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate practices to ensure a suitable learning environment for all students.
  • English: Demonstrate critical thinking and literary skills that will further develop their understanding of and preparation for teaching English/ Language Arts content through the study of literature, grammar, and different forms of writing.
  • Human Development: Demonstrate the ability to think critically about psychological theories in at least three of the following areas: human sexuality, marriage, family, religious experience, human lifespan, and cross-cultural/ethnic issues.
  • Intercultural Studies: Articulate the knowledge and skills needed to communicate and work effectively in culturally diverse contexts.
  • Mathematics: Demonstrate foundational mastery of mathematical concepts in at least three of the following areas: precalculus, calculus, calculus for management sciences, discrete structures, abstract algebra, probability and statistics, linear algebra, classical geometry, modern geometry, and number theory.
  • Physical Education: Demonstrate the ability to do three of the following: identify healthy living practices, define sociological and/or psychological issues in physical education, and demonstrate a foundational knowledge of appropriate physical education strategies.
  • Spanish - Heritage Learners: Demonstrate advanced written and oral proficiency in Spanish.
  • Spanish - Language Learners: Demonstrate intermediate written and oral proficiency in Spanish.
  • Special Education: Identify student learning needs and design appropriate adaptations to maximize learning for each student.
  • U.S. History: Demonstrate foundational mastery of American History in at least three of the following areas: American government, the American Revolution, the Civil War, the presidency, Modern America, the U.S. since the 1920s, and cultural geography.
  • Visual Arts: Explore, conceive, and design art in at least two of the following mediums: drawing, figure studies, digital tools, 2-D design, 3-D design, sculpture, ceramics, and printmaking.

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Writing Competency

The writing competency requirement is embedded in LEDU 335.

GPA Requirement

A Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary major must achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75. Students who do not meet the required 2.75 cumulative GPA but meet the university's minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA will graduate as a Liberal Studies major only. 

Integration Seminar Requirement

Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary majors must take the following course to meet their Bible Integration requirement: BBST 465 as "Christian Philosophy of Education."

Major Requirements

General Education Requirements
The major-specific General Education requirements for the Liberal Studies, Multidisciplinary major include the following:
Science/Math:
Biological Principles: Lecture
Observational Biology Laboratory
Fundamentals of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
U.S. History:
United States History to 1865
Behavioral Science:
Introduction to Psychology
Fine Arts:
Select one of the following:
Art Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Music Appreciation
Philosophy:
Select one of the following:
Introduction to Logic
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Physical Education:
Select one of the following:
Four physical education activities
Or two physical education activities and PEED 201
Core Requirements
ARTS 306Elementary Art Workshop3
HIST 109United States History Since 18653
HIST 403California History3
INCS 331Peoples of Ethnic America3
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 335Child Development: Birth through Adolescence3
LEDU 380Children's Literature3
MATH 118Fundamentals of Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II3
MUSC 310Elementary Music Workshop2
PHSC 101Physical Science Survey: Lecture4
PHSC 102Physical Science Survey Laboratory1
Select one of the following:3
Intercultural Adjustment
Peoples of the World
Intercultural Communication
Methods of Teaching Linguistically Diverse Students
Concentrations
In addition to the core requirements, each student must complete a concentration, which consists of approved coursework in one of the following subject areas: Biology, Early Childhood, English, Human Development, Intercultural Studies, Mathematics, Physical Education, Spanish, Special Education, U.S. History or Visual Arts. Please see requirements listed below.12
Total Credits46

Concentrations

In addition to the core requirements, each student must complete a concentration, which consists of 12 credits of approved coursework in one of the following subject areas: Biology, Early Childhood, English, Human Development, Intercultural Studies, Mathematics, Physical Education, Spanish, Special Education, U.S. History or Visual Arts.

Biology

Concentration-Specific Requirements
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Introduction to Environmental Science
Nutrition
Botany
Vertebrate Biology
Field Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Marine Biology
General Ecology
Topics in Advanced Biology
Ornithology
Total Credits12

Early Childhood

Prerequisites
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
LEDU 335Child Development: Birth through Adolescence3
Concentration-Specific Requirements
LEDU 356Early Childhood Curriculum3
LEDU 357School/Family/Community Partnerships in Early Childhood Urban Settings3
LEDU 358Classroom Management in Early Childhood Settings3
LEDU 359Observation and Assessment of Young Children3
Total Credits18

English

Concentration-Specific Requirements
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Studies in Grammar and Language
Advanced Composition
Creative Writing: Poetry
Creative Writing: Fiction
Studies in American Literature
Studies in British Literature
Studies in Shakespeare
Total Credits12

Human Development

Concentration-Specific Requirements
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Psychology and Christian Thought
Human Sexuality
Psychology of Religious Experience
Psychology of Marriage
Cross-Cultural/Ethnic Issues in Psychology
Developmental Psychology: Lifespan
Psychology of Family
Total Credits12

Intercultural Studies

Concentration-Specific Requirements
Select 12 credits from the following:12
General Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Language and Linguistics
Intercultural Adjustment
Intercultural Communication
World Religions
Grammar for English Teachers
Essentials of TESOL
Introduction to TESOL: Adult
Materials Evaluation and Preparation
Intercultural Communication for Teachers
Communicating Values Through TESOL
Practicum in TESOL I
Total Credits12

Mathematics

Concentration-Specific Requirements
Select 12 credits, 3 of which must be upper-division, from the following:12
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus for Management Sciences
Calculus I
Discrete Structures
Introduction to Abstract Math
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Linear Algebra
Introduction to Real Analysis I
Abstract Algebra I
Probability
Statistics
Classical Geometry
Number Theory and the History of Mathematics
Total Credits12

Physical Education

Concentration-Specific Requirements
PEED 335Health Concepts3
Select 9 credits from the following:9
Foundations in Physical Education and Kinesiology
Psychology of Coaching Sport and Human Movement
Adapted Physical Education
Motor Learning
Sociology and Psychology in Physical Education and Sport
Leadership in Sport and Human Movement
Internship
Students may select two of the following:
Techniques of Teaching and Coaching Basketball
Techniques of Teaching and Coaching Soccer
Techniques of Teaching and Coaching Tennis
Techniques of Teaching and Coaching Volleyball
Total Credits12

Spanish

Concentration-Specific Requirements
Select 12 credits, 3 of which must be upper-division, from the following:12
Intermediate Spanish II
Basic Spanish for Heritage Learners
Spanish Conversation and Composition
Introduction to Literature in Spanish
Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition
Survey of Hispanic Literature
Spanish American Literature
Studies in Spanish American Culture
Total Credits12

Special Education

Prerequisite
LEDU 301Introduction to Teaching3
Concentration-Specific Requirements
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Issues in Special Education
Assessment and Evaluation of Exceptional Learners
Teaching Students with Mild Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
Behavior and Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs
Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
Total Credits15

U.S. History

Concentration-Specific Requirements
Select 12 credits from the following:12
The Colonial Period, American Revolution, 1607–1800
American Democracy, Civil War and Reconstruction, 1800–1877
The American Presidency
The Rise of Modern America, 1877–1920
The United States Since 1920
Survey of American Government
Total Credits12

Visual Arts

Concentration-Specific Requirements
Select 12 credits, 3 of which must be upper-division, from the following:12
Drawing I
Figure Studies I
Digital Tools
2-D Design
3-D Design
Sculpture I
Ceramics I
Painting I
Photography I-Introduction to Darkroom and Digital Processes
Ceramics II
Sculpture II
Photography II-Studies in Color
Total Credits12