Liberal Studies Undergraduate Courses (with LS Prefix)

LS 200: Introduction to Liberal Studies: Self, Place, and Inquiry 

Introduction to the Liberal Studies program and the practice of interdisciplinary inquiry. Project-based focus on different ways of understanding oneself in relationship to our place of study: the University and the city of San Francisco. Emphasis on experiential learning through mapping (exploring, navigating, understanding, cataloguing).

Units: 3

Core requirement for LS Major

LS 300GW: Perspectives on Liberal Studies - GWAR

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better

Enrollment priority for Liberal Studies majors.
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). Community Service Learning may be available; consult index for page reference.

Units: 3

Core requirement for LS major

Meets Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

LS 304 Making Comics 

 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

Introduction to the hands-on making of comics. Focus on in-class exercises and small projects in making comics alongside analysis of comics. Promotes understanding of how to communicate in comics and discover working methods that best work for them.

Units: 3

Elective in Comics Studies minor

LS 309: Physical Sciences for Elementary School Teachers

Prerequisite: Completion of the Physical Sciences GE requirement

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

Option for Science core in LS major (for ESM students)

LS 317 Critical Animal Studies 

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Examination of the nature of animal experience and the various roles nonhuman animals play in human life, with a particular focus on approaches to nonhuman animals in science, art, and literature.
(This course is offered as LS 317 and HUM 317. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Option for Science core in LS major

LS 400: Social Sciences Core I

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing or consent of instructor

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.)

Units: 3

Option for Social Science core in LS major

LS 401: Social Sciences Core II

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing

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.)

Units: 3

Option for Social Science core in LS major

University requirements: UD-D, Environmental Sustainability, Global Perspectives

LS 403 Performance and Pedagogy of the Oppressed for Educators

Prerequisite: CWL 214 or ENG 214 or equivalent.

Examination of theories of Augusto Boal and Paulo Freire and their application for educators and community activists. [CSL may be available]
(This course is offered as LS 403 and COMM 557. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

Option for Social Science core in LS major

University Requirements: Social Justice

LS 426: Thought and Image: Creative Arts

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent

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.)

Units: 3

Option for Visual Studies core in LS major

LS 430: Future of the Forests

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; one course in college-level biology

Ecological and social dimensions of Western-Hemisphere forests; forest ecology and science; sociopolitical relations of industries to forest decline and with minority forest dwellers and laborers; sustainability and the future role of forests.

Units: 3

Option for Science core in LS major

LS 440 Mind, Body, and Culture 

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Interdisciplinary exploration of how our bodies, emotions, and internal biases affect our thinking and influence how we respond to the world. Investigation of how our worlds and cultures affect our bodies and minds. 
(This course is offered as LS 440 and HUM 440. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

Option for Science core in LS major

LS 460: Childhood, Nature and Society

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper-division standing

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.] [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]

Units: 3

LS 604 Advanced Comics Making 

Prerequisite: LS 304.

Builds on the making and analytical skills covered in LS 304. Project-based course for developing skills in communicating through comic form, culminating in the production of a significant work ready for publication.
(This course is offered as LS 604 and HUM 604. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3

Elective in Comics Studies minor

LS 681: Community Service Learning in the Schools

Prerequisite: Upper division standing

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 681. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix. (Community Service Learning may be available; consult index for page reference.)

Units: 3
LS 681/HIST 681

LS 690: Liberal Studies Senior Seminar

Prerequisite: LS 300 and senior standing

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

Core requirement for LS major

LS 699: Independent Study

Prerequisite: Declared Liberal Studies major; upper-division standing and consent of instructor

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