• Student reading a textbook in class

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts provides a solid foundation of knowledge and practical skills for future teachers and those entering avariety 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. 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

Laura Gonzalez staff photo
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

Course listing

General Education

BIB 314Jesus and the Christian Community 3 take prior to BIB438
LA 405Pathways in Education 3 Recommended immediately after LA381

Additional General Education Requirements

See General Education: Degree Completion Students

Lower-Division Major

KIN 121Concepts of Wellness3
MATH 136Mathematics Concepts I3
MATH 137Mathematics Concepts II3

Required Courses (42 Units)

All of the following courses must be completed at FPU

Semester 1

HIST 421American Ethnicity and Pluralism3
LANG 331Linguistics and Modern Grammar3
HIST 441California History and Politics3
ART 301Art Fundamentals3

Semester 2

LA 381Introduction to Teaching3
LIT 467Literature for Children and Young Adults3
GEOG 321Cultural Geography of the Central Valley3
BIB 438Biblical Perspectives for Educators3

Semester 3

PSY 352Advanced Child Growth and Development3
THTR 357Creative Drama3
KIN 321Theory of Physical Education3
LA 415Senior Research Seminar3


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

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.