The liberal studies minor will provide you with an overview of multiple disciplines, offering you a broad perspective that can serve as a foundation for limitless career interests. The liberal studies minor serves as a valuable partner to any major.


  • Key courses for the preparation of future elementary teachers, including courses that cover content that is included in the CSET.
  • Courses discuss topics in history, math, art and drama, psychology, music and sociology, among other disciplines.

Career opportunities

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

Course listing

General Education Recommendations

ART-110Art Appreciation3
or MUS-102Music Appreciation3
HIST-150American Civilization4
PE-120Dance Movement1

Select two of the following:

BIOL-100Principles of Biology4
PHYS-106Physical Science4
PHYS-150Earth Science3

Required Courses (28 Minimum Units)

HIST-440California History and Politics4
LA-180Paths to Teaching3
LANG-340Introduction to Linguistics3
PSY-350Child Development3
LA-380Learning Communities3

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


Select one of the following:

MATH-134Algebraic Thinking and Geometry3
MATH-132Arithmetic and Data Analysis3
Movement And The Arts

Select one of the following:

ART-300Art for Elementary Teachers3
THTR-355Creative Drama3
KIN-320Theory of Physical Education3
MUS-305Music in the Classroom3
Cultural Studies
SOC-410American Ethnicity and Pluralism3