Academic Catalog

2019-2020 Edition

LIBS • Liberal Studies

LIBS 300 · Introduction to Elementary Education   3 Credits

Study of historical and philosophical foundations of education in America, and how those foundations shape current practices and policies. Students reflect on modern purposes and practices within education, the pathway to becoming a teacher, and what role education fulfills in our society.

LIBS 301 · Liberal Studies and Communications   5 Credits

An integrated approach to developing, mastering, and assessing communication skills including principles and practices of verbal, non-verbal, and written language. Emphases will include group, interpersonal, presentational, and written communication.

LIBS 302 · Liberal Studies, and Human Growth and Development   5 Credits

Human growth and development across the life span is explored from the integrated perspectives of psychology, physiology, and sociology. Special attention is given to those areas which impact the classroom including personality, motivation, learning styles, diversity, and physical development. A thematic approach is used to address the treatment of mental, emotional, social, and physical health practices, including such topics as stress, diet, nutrition, communicable and chronic diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, lifestyle, spiritual health, physical fitness, and environmental health, with an emphasis on issues impacting children and adolescents.

LIBS 303 · Liberal Studies and Mathematics   5 Credits

This course integrates fundamental mathematics concepts and relationships and computational skills required by the elementary or middle school teacher with problem-solving strategies and the use of technology. Students engage these concepts, relationships, and skills in terms of their development, mastery, and assessment. Anchored instruction and situated cognition techniques, expedited by video, and computer-based simulations, modeled during the course. The professional and assessment standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics are modeled throughout this course.

LIBS 310 · Human Growth and Development for Educators   3 Credits

Exploration of human growth and development from the integrated perspectives of psychology, physiology, and sociology. Coursework gives special attention to those areas which impact the classroom including personality, motivation, learning styles, diversity, and physical development. The course utilizes a thematic approach to address the treatment of mental, emotional, social, and physical health practices with an emphasis on issues impacting children and adolescents.

LIBS 401 · Liberal Studies and History   5 Credits

This course examines United States and world history using a broad interdisciplinary, thematic approach. Special emphasis is given to the United States Constitution and the evolution of government at the national, state, and local levels. Critical world issues are addressed through an examination of the role of the United States in a global community. Within each broad topic, students examine critical issues that have relevance over time, reflect on important decisions from the past, and develop understanding and meaning for present social policy and ideology. Students are expected to spend considerable time outside of class reading, reflecting, and preparing for in-class discussion and analysis, individual and cooperative group activities, and oral and written commentary on critical national and international issues facing all Americans.

LIBS 402 · Liberal Studies and the Sciences   5 Credits

The curriculum content and activities are planned to assist students in developing subject-matter competence from the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools (CA NGSS) and the California State Science Framework. A variety of activities (labs, lesson plan, discussions) provide an opportunity to extend learning in a relevant teaching context.

LIBS 403 · Liberal Studies and the Arts   5 Credits

Blending the visual and performing arts, this course is designed for the prospective elementary school teacher. Consisting of the objectives, scope, and content as described in the Visual and Performing Arts Framework for California Public Schools (1996), this course integrates the four components of art education through the use of aesthetic perception, creative expression, arts heritage, and aesthetic valuing with active participation in the skills of music and movement in order to understand the components and concepts of these fine and performing arts. The integration flows into other areas such as literature, religion, mathematics, science, and history.

LIBS 404 · Liberal Studies, and Ethics and Worldview   5 Credits

This course addresses the concept of worldviews and how they are expressed through moral principles and practices. Students are encouraged to explore their own worldviews and approach an understanding of the importance of worldviews in society. A primary goal of this course is to deepen the understanding of the place of human values and virtues in one’s personal life and the context of community. Included in this study is the development of an appreciation of the Scriptures and their role in moral and ethical practice. Students come to understand their opportunity to teach values and about religion as outlined in the California State Board of Education documents: Handbook on the Rights and Responsibilities of School Personnel and Students in the Areas of Providing Moral, Civic, and Ethical Education; Teaching about Religion; Promoting Responsible Attitudes and Behaviors; and Preventing and Responding to Hate and Violence.

LIBS 510 · P.E., Health, and Safety for Elementary Teachers   3 Credits

Exploration of the modern practice of physical education, including a developmental approach to physical activity and its relation to learning. The course introduces movement concepts and focuses on the benefits of physical activity and safe practices as contributors to lifelong health, safety, and wellness. Based on the state-adopted content standards for health and physical education, this course equips future teachers to teach a student population with diverse needs and abilities.

Carries graduate-level credit.