Liberal Studies Minor

Liberal studies at FPU provide an overview of multiple disciplines, offering students a broad perspective that can serve as a foundation for limitless career interests. The liberal studies minor serves as a valuable partner to many of majors offered here.

Unique Features

This minor provides key courses for the preparation of future elementary teachers, including courses that cover content that is included in the CSET. These courses discuss topics in history, math, art and drama, psychology, music and sociology, among other disciplines.

Our Graduates

The liberal studies minor is designed to be combined with a discipline-focused major for students who wish to keep career and graduate study options open after graduation.


General Education Recommendations

  • ART-110 Art Appreciation (3)
  • or MUS-102 Introduction to Music (3)
  • HIST-150 American Civilization (4)
  • LIT-180 Introduction to Literature (3)
  • PE-120 Dance Movements (1)

Select two of the following:

  • BIOL-101L Principles of Biology (4)
  • PHYS-105L Physical Science I (4)
  • PHYS-150 Earth Science (3)

Required Courses (24 Minimum Units)

  • HIST-440 California History and Politics (4)
  • LA-380 Learning Communities (1)
  • LANG-340 Introduction to Linguistics (3)
  • PSY-350 Child Development (3)

Select a science course in consultation with your mentor/advisor (3).


Select one of the following:

  • MATH-134 Algebraic Thinking and Geometry (3)
  • MATH-132 Arithmetic and Data Analysis (3)

Movement and the Arts

Select one of the following:

  • ART-300L Art Fundamentals (3)
  • DRA-355 Creative Drama (3)
  • KIN-320 Theory of Physical Education (3)
  • MUS-305 Music in the Classroom (3)

Cultural Studies

Select one of the following:

  • SOC-310 Cultures of Central California (3)
  • SOC-410 American Ethnicity and Pluralism (3)