Liberal Studies Emphasis Patterns

Liberal Studies majors are encouraged to consider choosing a minor, which is one way to satisfy their "emphasis" requirement.  Minors typically require 18-21 units, which would mean adding only 3-6 units to your major. A minor (unlike an emphasis pattern) will show up on your diploma and on your transcript, and will make you a stronger candidate for future endeavors. To sign up for a minor, go see an advisor in your program of choice.

Otherwise, LS majors must choose an emphasis pattern from one of the options below. Those who plan to get multiple subject credentials are encouraged (but not required) to choose the Elementary Teacher Preparation pattern.

Elementary Teacher Preparation
Other Emphasis Patterns

Elementary Teacher Preparation Emphasis Pattern

Take both:

  • MATH 165 Concepts of the Number System
  • MATH 565 Concepts of Geometry, Measurement, and Probability

Choose three:

  • EDUC 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
  • E ED 655 Hands on Science Education Experiences

Other Emphasis Patterns

Area I: Communication, Language, and Literature

View the Area I PDF

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

Area II: Life Science, Physical Science, and Mathematics

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

Area III: Behavioral and Social Sciences

View the Area III PDF

Area IV: Creative Arts and Humanities

View the Area IV PDF

  • Creative Arts
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religion

Integrated Studies

View the Integrated Studies PDF

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