Liberal Studies Core Lists

Several of our core categories (Literature, Communication Studies, Life and Physical Sciences, and Social Science core for Teacher Prep students) allow you to choose from a menu of options.

Literature

Select one (starred courses recommended for Teacher Preparation students):

  • AA S 322 Chinese American Language and Literature (UD-C, AERM, SJ)
  • AA S 332 Japanese American Art and Literature (UD-C, AERM, SJ, LLD)
  • AA S 352 Filipina/o American Literature, Art and Culture (UD-C, GP, SJ)
  • AA S 372 Vietnamese American Literature (UD-C, AERM)
  • *AA S 512 Asian American Children’s/Adolescent Literature (UD-C, AERM, SJ)
  • AFRS 411 African and African American Literature
  • *CWL 440 "Typical American”: Narratives of Multiculturalism in the Americas from 1492 to the Present ENG 398 Greek American Literature
  • *ENG 475 Fundamentals of Literary Analysis
  • ENG 528 American Literature: 1914-1960
  • ENG 535 Literature and Ecology (UD-C, ES)
  • ENG 554 Modern American Novel ENG 555 The Short Story
  • ENG 583 Shakespeare: Representative Plays
  • ENG 584 Shakespeare: Selected Plays
  • ENG 614 Women in Literature
  • ENG 631 Post-Colonial Literature in English (UD-C, GP)
  • *ENG 636 Greek and Roman Myth and Modern Literature
  • *ENG 655 Literature and the Adolescent Reader
  • LTNS 560 Contemporary Latina/o Literature (UD-C, LLD, AERM, SJ)
  • RRS 450/ARAB 450 Contemporary Arabic and Arab American Literature (UD-C, AERM, GP)
  • WGS 541 Women Writers and Social Change
  • WGS 548 Literature by U.S. Women of Color
  • WGS 551 Queer Literatures and Media (UD-C, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)

Communication Studies

Select one (starred courses recommended for Teacher Preparation students):

  • 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)

Life Science

Select one (starred courses recommended for Teacher Preparation students):

  • LS 430 The Future of the Forests
  • BIOL 300 Nature Study (UD-B, ES)
  • *BIOL 310 Biology for Today's World (UD-B, ES)
  • BIOL 313 Principles of Ecology
  • BIOL 318 Our Endangered Planet (UD-B, ES)
  • BIOL 326 Disease! (UD-B, GP, SJ)
  • BIOL 327 AIDS: Biology of the Modern Epidemic (UD-B)
  • BIOL 330 Human Sexuality (UD-B, LLD) (BIOL 322 is not a substitute)

Physical Science

Select one (starred courses recommended for Teacher Preparation students):

  • CHEM 380 Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution (Prerequisite: CHEM 115) (UD-B, ES)
  • *LS 309 Physical Sciences for Elementary School Teachers
  • ERTH 310 The Violent Earth (UD-B, ES)
  • ERTH 325 Geology of the National Parks (UD-B, ES)
  • ERTH 330 California Water (UD-B, ES)
  • ERTH 335 Global Warming (UD-B, ES, GP)
  • ERTH 360 California Weather Events (UD-B, ES, GP)
  • ERTH 365 Extreme Weather in a Warming World (UD-B, ES)

Teach Prep: Recommended (not required) Alternatives to LS 400

Select one:

  • AFRS 525 Black Child Development
  • AA S 323 Chinese American Identities (UD-D, AERM, SJ)
  • AA S 333 Japanese American Identities (UD-D, AERM)
  • AA S 353 Filipina/o American Identities (UD-D, AERM, SJ)
  • AA S 301 Asian Americans of Mixed Heritage
  • AIS 470 American Indian Ethnicity: Problems in Identity (UD-D, AERM, SJ)
  • ANTH 310 Family, Kin and Community
  • CFS 320 Children and Families (UD-D)
  • HIST 469 American Childhoods: Past and Present
  • LS 460 Childhood, Nature, and Society
  • PSY 330 Child Development (UD-B, SJ)
  • RRS 625 Mixed Race Studies: A Comparative Focus (UD-D, AERM, SJ)
  • LS 400 Social Sciences Core I
  • SOC 464 Families and Society (4) (UD-D)

Teacher Prep Alternatives to LS 401

Select one:

  • AFRS 312 Kalifia: The Black Heritage in California
  • AIS 410 Perspectives of Native California Indians
  • AA S 510 Asian Americans in California (UD-D, SJ)
  • GEOG 552 Geography of California (UD-D, AERM, ES, SJ)
  • GEOG/ENVS 600 Environmental Problems & Solutions (UD-D, ES, GP)
  • HIST 450 History of California (UD-D, Cal State and Local Gov requirement)
  • LTNS 315 Latina/os in California
  • LS 401 Social Sciences Core II