Liberal Studies Core Courses

Besides LS 200, LS 300 and LS 690, which every LS major must take, the following six LS core categories allow students to choose from menus of options. Those doing the Elementary Subject Matter emphasis should choose starred***/bolded courses in Literature, Commnication Studies, and Life/Physical Sciences, Integrated Social Sciences. 


Select one (Elementary Subject Matter students should select EDUC 681):

  • 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 (UD-C, GP)
  • ***EDUC 681 Teaching Language and Literature with Elementary and Middle School Children (UD-C)
  • ENG 398 Greek American Literature
  • ENG 451/JS 45`/CWL 451 Jewish Literature of the Americas (UD-C, AERM, GP)
  • ENG 465 Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (UD-C, ES)
  • ENG 526 Age of the American Renaissance (UD-C, AERM, SJ)
  • ENG 533 Holocaust and Literature (UD-C, GP, SJ)
  • ENG 535 Literature and Ecology (UD-C, ES)
  • ENG 546 20th-Century Jewish Women Writers (UD-C, AERM, GP)
  • ENG 601 Literature and Psychology (UD-C)
  • ENG 602 Literature and Society (UD-C, AERM)
  • ENG 631 Post-Colonial Literature in English (UD-C, GP)
  • 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 (UD-C, AERM, SJ, GP)
  • WGS 551 Queer Literatures and Media (UD-C, LLD, AERM, GP, SJ)

Communication Studies

Select one (ESM students select COMM 554):

  • LS 403/COMM 557 Performance and Pedagogy of the Oppressed for Educators
  • COMM 551 Persuasion
  • COMM 552 Performance and Feminism
  • COMM 553 Performance and Identity
  • ***COMM 554 Performance of Children's Literature
  • COMM 559: Theory and Practice in Advanced Public Speaking

Life and Physical Sciences

Select one (ESM students select either BIOL 310, LS 209 or ERTH 365):

  • LS 317 Critical Animal Studies
  • LS 430 The Future of the Forests (UD-B, ES, GP)
  • LS 440: Mind, Body, and Culture
  • 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, GP)
  • BIOL 330 Human Sexuality (UD-B) 
  • CHEM 380 Chemistry Behind Environmental Pollution (Prerequisite: CHEM 115) (UD-B, ES)
  • ***LS 209 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, GP)

Integrated Social Sciences

Select one (only students completing the entire ESM/CSET waiver program may select HIST 450)

  • LS 400 Social Science Core I
  • LS 401 Social Science Core II (UD-D, ES)
  • LS 402 Introduction to Human Rights Education
  • LS 403 Performance and Pedagogy of the Oppressed
  • LS 404 Social Science and Medicine for Educators
  • ***HIST 450 History of California (UD-D) (ESM waiver students only)

Interdisciplinary Humanities

  • HUM 415 Contemporary Culture (UD-C, GP)
  • HUM 425 Thought and Image: Humanities
  • HUM 510 Comparative Form and Culture

Visual Studies

  • LS 426 Thought and Image: Creative Arts
  • HUM 325 Comics and Culture