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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. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. 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).


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 http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Requirements of the Major94-103
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
GEOG 137. California History for Teachers3
GEOG 138. US History for TeachersS3
GEOG 139. World History for TeachersV3
Complete one sequence from:
American History Sequence
AMS 001A. American CivilizationC1+D26
AMS 001B. American CivilizationC2+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 015A. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Mexican American History Sequence
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Mathematics9
MATH 012. Number SystemsB43
MATH 105. Concepts in Mathematics, Probability and Statistics3
MATH 106. Intuitive Geometry3
Science12
BIOL 021. Human BiologyB2+B33
GEOL 103. Earth Systems and the EnvironmentR3
Complete one course from
CHEM 030A. Introductory ChemistryB1+B33
PHYS 001. Elementary PhysicsB13
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
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 Studies1
HUM 085. Introduction to Liberal Education1
Depth of Study12
Complete one area of study
Six units may be lower division.
World Cultures12
Complete four courses from:
AMS 129. How the World sees the United States3
CA 173. Thinking About Contemporary World ArtsGE: V3
HUM 010. Chronicles of EducationC23
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
RELS 070A. Western ReligionsC23
RELS 070B. Eastern ReligionsC23
RELS 090. Bible History and LiteratureC23
RELS 099. Death, Dying and ReligionsE3
RELS 122. Magic, Science and ReligionV3
RELS 124. Literature and Religious Experience3
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 relevent HUM 160 course with advisor approval
American Studies12
Complete twelve units from:
AMS 001A. American CivilizationC1+D26
AMS 001B. American CivilizationC2+D3+US1236
AMS 129. How the World sees the United States3
AMS 169. The American DreamS3
AMS 179. American Popular Culture3
CA 172. The Arts in U.S. SocietyS3
RELS 162. Religion and Political Controversy in the USS3
RELS 191. Religion in AmericaS3
Any relevant HUM 160 course with advisor approval
Creativity Studies12
Complete twelve units from:
CA 060. Creativity MattersE3
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
Any relevant HUM 160 course with advisor approval
Advanced Writing3
HUM 100W. Writing in the HumanitiesZ3
Field Study3
HUM 185. Field Experience in Humanities3
Capstone Course3
HUM 190. Senior Seminar in Humanities3
University Electives9-18
One year of second language or ASL recommended. If proficient in a foreign language, EDTE 190 and EDSE 192A.

Total Units:120