Liberal Studies – Day
Liberal Studies major | Leadership and Public Service minor
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The Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies is interdisciplinary in nature, involving coursework from the humanities, the arts, and the sciences. It is especially recommended for students intending a career in elementary education; nonetheless, candidates for the Multiple Subject Credential must now establish subject matter competence by passing the CSET exam.
Required coursework for the major is drawn from the areas of language, literature, mathematics, natural science, social science, history, humanities, the arts, physical education, and human development. At least 30 units of the courses taken in these areas must be upper-division units. The major is constructed so that students who satisfy all of the requirements for the major also satisfy most NDNU Core Curriculum Requirements.
Although we encourage students to pursue graduate study at NDNU, earning a BA degree in Liberal Studies does not guarantee admission into NDNU's teacher training programs. Students who seek an elementary teaching credential must apply to Graduate Admission and, as with all applicants, undergo screening for admission.
Students who do not intend to pursue an elementary teaching credential may complete the major by substituting advisor-approved elective courses for the required credential-related courses (e.g., ED115, ED136, EN143, HY189, PY161). Each elective course should be in the same discipline as is the credential-related course which it replaces.
Bachelor of Arts: Liberal Studies
|In addition to major requirements, students must meet Core
Curriculum Requirements and General Degree Requirements.
Courses satisfying Core Curriculum Requirements are indicated by "(CC)" after the course title.
| Area Requirements
1. Language Studies (9 units)
|EN106 Advanced Writing||3|
|CM011/111 Oral Communication
TA002/102 Introduction to Oral Interpretation of Literature (CC)
2. Mathematics (6 units)
|MA106A Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I (CC)||3|
|MA106B Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II||3|
3. Natural Science and Technology (7 units)
PH009 Introduction to Physical Science (CC)
BY005 Introduction to Biology
4. Social Science (6 units)
|PS001 Introduction to American Government (CC)||3|
|PS160 World Geography||3|
5. History (6 units)
|HY163A American History, 1607 - 1877||3|
|HY189 California History||3|
6. Arts and Humanities (9 units)
|EN143 Children's Literature||3|
|RS165 Religions of the World (CC)||3|
|For Credential Students, three units
from one of the following:
AR116 Art Education Concepts (CC)
MU140 Music Education Concepts (CC)
TA160 Children's Theatre (CC)
For Non-Credential Students: three units within the Visual and Performing Arts consisting of:
One (1) content course (three units) or three units in studio/performance or concepts (CC)
7. Human Development (15 units)
|ED115 Physical Education in the Elementary School
SO184 Teaching, Learning and Healing through Animals
|ED136 Introduction to Education: Practicum in Teaching||3|
|ED191 Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies||3|
|PY001 Introduction to Psychology (CC)||3|
|PY161 Developmental Psychology: Child and Adolescent||3|
Total Major Requirements
| Other Degree Requirements* and General
* Other degree requirements include Core Curriculum Requirements and General Degree Requirements (e.g., Career Development, U.S. History).
|Total Unit Requirement||124|
Liberal Studies Courses
ED115 Physical Education in the Elementary School (3)
Focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills necessary to teach physical education activities to elementary age children and understanding the elementary school physical education curriculum, including movement, fitness and health, growth and development, games, dance, administrative considerations, and evaluation techniques. Also, new concepts of teaching physical education including adaptive P.E. are covered. Cross-listed with PE110.
ED136 Introduction to Education: Practicum in Teaching (3)
Assists students in examining the role of the teacher at the preschool through grade 12 level. Students are placed as classroom teacher aides at the grade level of their choice for three hours per week and attend an on-campus seminar. This three-unit course satisfies the Career Development Requirement. Permission of the instructor is required. Course is required for admission to credential programs.
ED175 Resident Assistantship(3)
This course is designed with an academic dimension as an extension of training and development for RAs. It is a sequenced course and provides the ongoing skills, training, and leadership development neeed to assist students in their positions and to grow as individuals. It provides in depth discussion and training on topics concerning residential communities, including communication skills, confrontation, working with diverse groups of students, critical issues, programming, and the importance iof their roles as peer leaders. All RAs must take this course and receive a C or higher to retain their RA position.
ED180 Foundations of Leadership and Teamwork (2)
Cross-listed with CM180. See Communication listings for course description.
ED191 Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies (3)
This capstone course for Liberal Studies major integrates skills and knowledge from previous coursework with the career perspective of the elementary classroom teacher. The value of liberal education is considered. Students develop portfolios which sample their best work and which show the relevance of that work to teaching. Students also develop a resource unit or other project in collaboration with concentration advisor. Senior standing required.
ED193 Technology Application in Education (2)
California has adopted Technology Standards that define computer-based technology use in classrooms. This course ensures that all teacher candidates understand and are able to use appropriate computer-based technology to facilitate the teaching and learning process. In addition to the California Level I Standards, the course covers issues surrounding technology use by society in general and education in particular. Also, several Teacher Performance Expectations (TPEs) from the California Standards of Quality Effectiveness for Professional Teacher Preparation Programs are addressed in this course.
SO184 Teaching, Learning, and Healing through Animals (3)
See Sociology listings for course description.
Leadership and Public Service Minor
The Leadership and Public Service Minor is a high quality, interdisciplinary, experiential and multicultural program that exposes undergraduates to, and prepares them for, real life leadership experiences. Students explore issues of leadership, citizenship; and social change with the context of an inquiry, experiential, and competency-based instructional design.
|CM/ED180||Foundations of Leadership and Teamwork||2|
|ED197||Community Leadership Practicum||2|
|PY/SO154||Building Community through Diversity||1|
|Choose one from the following:|
|CM161||Persuasion and Presentation||3|
|Choose one from the following:|
|PL123||Law, Morality, and Society||3|
|PS119||State and Local Government||3|
|SO102||Analyzing Social Settings||3|