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The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts degree program provides a solid foundation of knowledge and practical skills for future teachers and those entering a variety of other professions. Our experienced faculty create a stimulating interdisciplinary learning environment for you to explore a broad range of topics. Our new California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC www.ctc.ca.gov)-approved program incorporates courses that will allow you to waive the CSET multiple subject exam. We’ve also developed pathways in the field of STEM with our science concentration to expand your teaching career opportunities to the middle and high school grades.


  • A challenging and supportive academic environment
  • Cohorts groups meet face-to-face for class one night per week
  • Cohort of 12-24 adults progress through the program together
  • Experienced faculty and assignments that apply to everyday life
  • Students come from a variety of life stages and cultural backgrounds
  • New program incorporates courses that allow you to waive the multiple subject CSET exam

Career opportunities

Never has the need for effective educators been greater. Liberal arts degree graduates are prepared for a variety of fields, including private and public education, business and industry, government agencies and nonprofit and faith-based organizations. This program will also equip you to pursue your credential or graduate studies within education. Currently, our graduates are serving as teachers, school counselors and school administrators, as well as in law enforcement, business and industry, county and local government, non-profit and faith-based agencies.

Program director

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Laura Gonzalez, Ed.D.

Liberal Arts Program Director


Allen Carden, Ph.D.

Allen Carden, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Admission requirements


  • 60 transferable baccalaureate-level units
  • Minimum 2.4 GPA
  •  2 years post-secondary experience

Program co-requisites*

  • HIST 122 Western Civilization I
  • MATH 136 Mathematical I
  • MATH 137 Mathematical I

*These co-requisite courses are required for graduation and it is strongly recommended that students complete these courses prior to beginning the cohort.

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information

Elementary Teacher Education (AA-T) to Liberal Arts B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA co-requisites and major courses fulfilled through ADT:
    • MATH 136   Mathematics Concepts I (3)
  • This program is offered as evening accelerated

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Course listing

General Education

BIB 314Jesus and the Christian Community Credits 3 take prior to BIB438

Additional General Education Requirements

See General Education: Degree Completion Students

Lower-Division Major

MATH 136Mathematics Concepts I Credits3
MATH 137Mathematics Concepts II Credits3
HIST 122Western Civilization I Credits3

Required Courses (40 Units)

All of the following courses must be completed at FPU

LA 381Introduction to Teaching Credits3
ART 301Art Fundamentals Credits3
HIST 421American Ethnicity and Pluralism Credits3
HIST 441California History and Politics Credits3
LIT 467Literature for Children and Young Adults Credits3
LANG 331Linguistics and Modern Grammar Credits3
LANG 311Principles of Language Acquisition Credits3
BIB 438Biblical Perspectives for Educators Credits3
PSY 352Advanced Child Growth and Development Credits3
THTR 357Creative Drama Credits3
KIN 321Theory of Physical Education Credits3
LA 415Senior Research Seminar Credits4

Science Concentration (Optional)

BIOL 125Introduction to Biology Credits3
CHEM 100Introductory Chemistry Credits3
PHYS 106Physical Science Credits4
PHYS 151Geology and Planet Earth Credits 3Science concentration recommended for students pursuing Multiple Subject Credential Program after graduation. **Students can transfer equivalent course from Community College towards Science *Concentration.


Elective units as needed to meet the Bachelor of Arts minimum.

State Authorization

State authorization is a federal requirement in the HigherEducation Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which online programs are offered. Fresno Pacific University works regularly with individual state authorization agencies to meet each state's requirements. Currently, Fresno Pacific University has received authorization to offer online degree programs in all but six states: Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

For the latest updates on the status of FPU's authorization in your state, contact your FPU Admissions representative.