Jan 20, 2021  
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2014-2015 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, B.A.

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The Liberal Studies program enables the student to meet the Elementary Education teacher preparation standards mandated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The Liberal Studies program curriculum likewise serves the Loyola Marymount University mission.

Liberal Studies Student Learning Outcomes

The Liberal Studies program student will master the content required of professional educators in the State of California, to include:

  • Key concepts in the following academic fields: the social sciences and history, the arts and humanities, language studies, mathematics and science, health, physical education, human development, and in an approved academic concentration of the candidate's choice
  • Candidates will demonstrate their mastery of the subject matter by successfully passing the CSET (California Subject Examination for Teachers) at the completion of their coursework;

The Liberal Studies program student will master the skills required of professional educators in the State of California:

  • To synthesize subject content in the liberal arts, professional content related to classroom teaching, and educational policies
  • To apply reading, writing, and research skills appropriate to the work of the academic disciplines being studied
  • To apply academic concepts to practical teaching contexts
  • To analyze, reflect on, and evaluate the relationships among academic theories, the practical and applied contexts of teaching, and the multiple and complex needs of students comprising a rich and diverse globe
  • Candidates will demonstrate the ability to synthesize and the other skills listed above in an exit interview conducted by the Director of Liberal Studies at the completion of required coursework;

The Liberal Studies program student will value:

  • Intellectual inquiry across a range of subjects
  • A world view comprising faith, social justice, and a respect for diversity
  • The individual's role as a future educator who will shape the lives of children, local communities, and larger national and global societies.

Liberal Studies students will develop in their roles as:

  • Critical thinkers and creative problem solvers
  • Responsible local and global citizens
  • Culturally responsive and reflective learners and practitioners
  • Collaborators in a community of learners characterized by the Ignatian imagination
  • Effective, caring educators who are advocates for equity
  • Curricular leaders who value multiple ways of knowing.

There are five components to the Liberal Studies major:

I. University Core Curriculum

40 Semester Hours

Subject-matter requirements set by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing are very specific. Therefore, many of the core requirements for Liberal Studies majors are specified and may differ from those of other majors within the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. The core course requirements are spread across 13 courses and three areas - Foundations, Explorations, and Integrations - and include four core "flags." (A fifth "flag" in globalization can be met outside of the core courses).


First Year Seminar (3 semester hours)
Rhetorical Arts (3 semester hours)
Quantitative Reasoning: MATH 106 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I  (3 semester hours). Liberal Studies majors must take a placement test and either test out of or take MATH 101  as a prerequisite to MATH 106  .
Theological Inquiry (3 semester hours)
Philosophical Inquiry (3 semester hours)
Studies in American Diversity: Choose from advisor approved list (3 semester hours)


Creative Experience: Choose from advisor approved list (3 semester hours)
Historical Analysis and Perspective: "Becoming America" (3 semester hours)
Nature of Science, Technology, and Mathematics: SCEM 270 Experimenting in Science I  (4 semester hours)
Understanding Human Behavior: PSYC 100 General Psychology  (3 semester hours)

Integrations: Choose from advisor approved list for each of the following Integrations courses:

Faith and Reason (3 semester hours)
Ethics and Justice (3 semester hours)
Interdisciplinary Connections (3 semester hours)

Additionally, students fulfill the "flag" requirements as follows:

Writing (2 flags)
Oral Skills (1 flag)
Information Literacy (1 flag)
Quantitative (1 flag)
Globalization (1 flag)


* Starred courses require a separate application to and acceptance into the Elementary Education program or the Mild/Moderate Specialist Credential program. Acceptance into either of these programs requires an LMU cumulative GPA of 3.0. See the Director of Liberal Studies for other application requirements.

IV. Electives

Liberal Studies majors fulfill the multiple subjects student teaching requirement for the teaching credential by completing 9 semester hours of EDCE 410 (Directed Teaching), which are applied toward both the semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree and the requirements for the credential within the state of California.

V. Concentration

12-18 Semester Hours In addition to the above requirements, all Liberal Studies majors complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework in a chosen area of concentration which represents a subject area generally taught in elementary schools or a related area of study. With careful planning, the concentration can constitute most, if not all, of an LMU minor. See the Director of Liberal Studies for qualifying concentrations and their specific requirements.


Bilingual Authorization (9 semester hours)

Credential candidates with the requisite language proficiency can earn a bilingual authorization to teach in either Spanish or Mandarin in an elementary classroom. The authorization requires students to complete part of their coursework and student teaching in a bilingual classroom. The bilingual authorization may contribute to meeting other requirements as well, such as those for particular Concentrations. See the Director of Bilingual Programs if interested in earning the bilingual authorization.

Liberal Studies Model Four-Year Plan

The typical course load for an undergraduate student is 15-16 semester hours per semester. The following model represents a student who is completing a 15-semester-hour concentration, does not need to complete any prerequisites for required coursework, and is pursuing the 2042 Multiple Subject teaching credential. Students with larger concentrations, those required to take MATH 101  (or other prerequisite coursework), and/or those seeking credentials in Bilingual or Special Education may need to "overload" during some semesters and/or complete summer coursework. Please note that the model is provided as a guideline rather than a prescriptive course of study. Students will need to be flexible implementing the model plan, given variability of course availability and other potential scheduling issues in any given semester.

Note: This model does not include some School of Education requirements which are not required for the Liberal Studies degree but are required for the teaching credential (i.e., TPAs—Teaching Performance Assessments; Health course requirement). As such requirements relate to the teaching credential and are independent of the Liberal Studies degree, students are advised to consult with the Academic Advisor in the School of Education regarding the coordination and sequencing of specific School of Education requirements.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Total: 16 semester hours

Spring Semester

Total: 15 semester hours

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Total: 15 semester hours

Spring Semester

Total: 15 semester hours

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Total: 12 semester hours

Spring Semester

Total: 13 semester hours


Coursework completed during this semester must be coordinated such that it does not conflict with the student teaching assignment.

This four-year plan serves only as a general model. Please meet with your advisor at least once a semester to discuss your progress in the program and plans for future semesters.

Students may take no more than ten upper division courses in any one department, except for Philosophy, in which the maximum is thirteen.

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