Humanities Department

BA - Liberal Studies, Preparation for Teaching

This major is designed for students interested in teaching in elementary school or middle school. The following course work satisfies San José State University's requirements for a BA in Liberal Studies and is a program approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) for waiver of the subject matter examination (CSET for Multiple Subjects) required to earn a teaching credential.

Maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.87 and completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program. Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission. See "Teaching: How to Become a Teacher in California" (see Teaching) for information on application and admission to credential programs.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements8
Core Lower Division General Education6
Of the 39 units required by the university, 33 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education
Of the 9 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Consult Major Advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Requirements of the Major99-109
Reading, Language and Literature18-19
ENGL 001A. First Year WritingA23
ENGL 002. Critical Thinking and WritingA33
ENGL 001B also accepted for Transfer Students.
ENGL 112A. Children's Literature3
Complete one course from:
ENGL 103. Modern English4
LING 107. Patterns of English3
Complete one sequence from:
Linguistics Sequence
EDEL 108E. Teaching Reading in Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Classrooms3
LING 108. Introduction to Second Language Development, Teaching, and Assessment3
Development Sequence
CHAD 150. Development of Communicative Competence3
CHAD 151. Developing Literacy in a Diverse Society3
History and Social Science15-21
SOCS 137. California History for Teachers3
SOCS 138. US History for TeachersS3
SOCS 139. World History for TeachersV3
Complete one sequence from:
American History Sequence
AMS 001A. American Cultures to 1877C1+D26
AMS 001B. American Cultures 1877 to presentC2+D3+US1236
Asian American History Sequence
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
US History Sequence
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Chicana and Chicano History Sequence
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
MATH 012. Number SystemsB43
MATH 105. Concepts in Mathematics, Probability, Statistics3
MATH 106. Intuitive Geometry3
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
GEOL 103. Earth Systems and the EnvironmentR3
PHYS 001. Elementary PhysicsB13
Complete one course from
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
ENVS 010. Life on a Changing PlanetB23
Complete one course from:
ENVS 158. Environmental Education3
SCI 110. Global Themes of Science3
Visual and Performing Arts9
CA 177. Interdisciplinary Arts for Teaching3
Complete six units in two different arts disciplines:
ART 039. Multicultural Arts for Children3
ART 138. Elementary Art Methods3
CA 070. Visual & Media Arts for K-8 Teachers3
CA 075. Performing Arts for K-8 Teachers3
DANC 148. Children's Dance3
MUSC 010B. Introduction to MusicC13
MUSC 185A. Music for Children3
TA 131. Storytelling3
TA 167. Theatre in Education3
Physical Education and Health3-6
Complete one sequence from:
Health Education Sequence
KIN 177. Movement Experiences for Children3
EDTE 190. Health Education for the Classroom Teacher3
Child Health Sequence
CHAD 149. Child Health and Physical Activity3
Human Development3
Complete one course from:
CHAD 060. Child DevelopmentE3
CHAD 070. Lifespan Development in the 21st CenturyE3
Introduction to Liberal Studies3
LSTP 010. Chronicles of EducationC23
Area of Specialization12
Complete 12 units from below distinct from core coursework.
Six units may be lower division.
AMS 001A. American Cultures to 1877C1+D26
AMS 001B. American Cultures 1877 to presentC2+D3+US1236
AMS 129. How the World sees the United States3
AMS 169. The American DreamS3
AMS 179. American Popular Culture3
CA 060. Creativity MattersE3
CA 095. Introduction to Queer ArtsC13
CA 172. The Arts in U.S. SocietyS3
CA 173. Thinking About Contemporary World ArtsV3
CA 175. Seminar in Creative Process3
CA 176. Creativity and Creative Leadership3
HUM 114. Legacy of AsiaV3
HUM 119. Myths, Heroes, and Global Cultures3
HUM 120. Renaissance, Reason and Romanticism3
HUM 159. Nature and World CulturesV3
HUM 177A. Advanced Honors in Integrated Science, Social Science, and Humanities6
HUM 177B. Advanced Honors in Integrated Science, Social Science, and HumanitiesRSV3
LSTP 139. Education and (In)EqualityS3
RELS 070. Gods, Guns, Gurus, Grails-World ReligionC23
RELS 090. Bible History and LiteratureC23
RELS 099. Death, Dying and ReligionsE3
RELS 120. Censors and Icons: Arts and Religion3
RELS 122. Magic, Science and ReligionV3
RELS 131. Gender, Sexuality, and Religion3
RELS 142. Contemporary Buddhism and its Roots3
RELS 145. Middle Eastern TraditionsV3
RELS 162. Religion and Political Controversy in the USS3
RELS 191. Religion in AmericaS3
Any relevant HUM 160 course with advisor approval
Advanced Writing3
HUM 100W. Writing in the HumanitiesZ3
Field Study6
LSTP 085A. Fieldwork in Humanities A1
LSTP 085B. Fieldwork in Humanities B1
LSTP 085C. Fieldwork in Humanities C1
LSTP 185. Field Experience in Humanities3
Capstone Course3
HUM 190. Senior Seminar in Humanities3
University Electives3-13

Total Units:120