Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts
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The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts 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. This major is designed to prepare you for success in your life, community and career.


  • 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

Career opportunities

Never has the need for effective educators been greater. Liberal arts 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. The additional Teacher Pathway semester will prepare you with the subject matter knowledge to be a highly qualified elementary school teacher. Currently, our liberal arts 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 take prior to BIB 4383

Additional General Education Requirements

See General Education: Degree Completion Students

Lower-Division Major

MATH 136Mathematics Concepts I3
MATH 137Mathematics Concepts II3
HIST 122Western Civilization I3

Required Courses (40 Units)

All of the following courses must be completed at FPU

LA 381Introduction to Teaching3
ART 301Art Fundamentals3
HIST 421American Ethnicity and Pluralism3
HIST 441California History and Politics3
LIT 467Literature for Children and Young Adults3
LANG 331Linguistics and Modern Grammar3
LANG 311Principles of Language Acquisition3
BIB 438Biblical Perspectives for Educators3
PSY 352Advanced Child Growth and Development3
THTR 357Creative Drama3
KIN 321Theory of Physical Education3
LA 415Senior Research Seminar4

Science Concentration (Optional)* **

BIOL 125Introduction to Biology3
CHEM 100Introductory Chemistry3
PHYS 106Physical Science4
PHYS 151Geology and Planet Earth3

*Science 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.