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 Subject Matter emphasis.

Elementary Subject Matter Emphasis/Program
Other Emphasis Patterns

Elementary Subject Matter Emphasis 

Take both:

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

Select three additional courses from the following list. Your courses must have at least two different prefixes. Courses used for the core may not double count in the emphasis: 

CD 655 Dynamics of Language Development

HIST 114 World History to 1500

HIST 115 World History since 1500

HIST 120 History of the US through Reconstruction

MATH 265 Academic Number System

LS 309 Physical Sciences for Future Elementary School teachers (cannot double count with core)

BIO 100 Human Biology

BIO 310 Biology for Today's World (cannot double count with core)

E ED 655 Hands on Science

ERTH 110 Our Dynamic Earth

ERTH 365 Extreme Weather in Today's Warming World (cannot double count with core)

DANC 350 Dance Aesthetics: Cultural/Historical Perspectives

MUS 601 Music for Children

TH A 451 Storytelling and Folk Literature

E ED 450 Art and Learning

KIN 401 Elementary School Physical Education, K-5

CAD 210 Introduction to Applied Child and Adolescent Development

RPT 380 Developmental Play Processes


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