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.

Program director

Rosemary "Sandie" Woods, Ed.D.
Rosemary "Sandie" Woods, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies

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