The Liberal Studies major is designed to provide students with a broadly
based liberal arts degree in English, the sciences and math, humanities
and fine arts, social sciences, and an area of concentrated study selected
by the student.
The Liberal Studies major (except the non-credential pattern) satisfies
the requirements of the State of California for a Subject Matter Preparation
Program to waive the Multiple Subjects Assessment for Teachers (MSAT) for
students wishing to enter a Multiple Subjects Credential Program. This
credential is necessary to teach in self-contained classrooms (primarily
elementary grades). For further information on credentials, please call
the Education Services Center in Holt Hall 101, 530-898-6391.
The General (Pre-credential) Pattern-CLAD
This is for students who wish to enter a credential program with Cross-cultural
Language and Academic Development (CLAD) prerequisites met.
The Bilingual/Cross-cultural Pattern-BCLAD
This is for students who wish to enter a credential program with Bilingual
Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) prerequisites
met. This pattern includes courses in Spanish, Mexican/Latino history and
culture, and the teaching of English as a second language. Other languages
and cultures are possible.
The Liberal Arts (Non-credential) Pattern
This is for students who wish to obtain a liberal arts and sciences background
and do not intend to enter the teaching profession.
The Liberal Studies Integrated Teacher CORE Multiple Subjects Teaching
Credential (Blended Program)
The Integrated Teacher CORE combines the BA in Liberal Studies and the
Multiple Subjects Crendtial Program. Early field experiences, integrated
curriculum, and a streamlined, focused program are the ITCs distictives.
Students in this program are often able to complete their entire program
in less time than by traditional means.
The Liberal Studies/Child Development Program
This is for students who wish to obtain two majors within their BA degree,
preparing for careers in both elementary teaching and early childhood education.
The projected need for elementary educators over the next five years in
California is very high. See a Liberal Studies adviser for information
on supplementary authorizations and minors to develop even broader teaching
Businesses and the helping professions are interested in hiring competent
people with liberal arts and sciences backgrounds. Students pursuing a
liberal studies degree for reasons other than teaching should consult with
their faculty adviser or a career counselor concerning the range of opportunities
for people with a liberal arts background.
Subject Matter Competency
Students who plan to enter the credential program must be certified as
competent in the subject matter required by the California Commission on
Teacher Credentialing. This is true also for candidates who pass the MSAT.
See your Liberal Studies adviser early in your academic career for information
regarding the process and the criteria for certification.