Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies (LIBS) program is an innovative alternative degree program designed to provide subject matter preparation for prospective elementary school and special education teachers. The program offers a major in liberal studies. It accommodates experienced adult students, many of whom are working in classrooms as para-educators, and draws upon their rich experiences in school settings.
Many adult students have developed skills or expertise at the workplace, at home, or in other venues. Some of those experiences may translate into prior learning credit (PLA). A maximum of 30 credits may be earned through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).
Organized to capture the essence of an integrated curriculum and capitalize on the students’ work/classroom experiences, the LIBS program aims to give students a secure background in the liberal arts and sciences that is firmly fixed in the concepts of human behavior and social issues. As part of the preparation of elementary school and special education teachers, the program utilizes the California State Curriculum Frameworks and Model Standards, providing integrated courses in language arts, math, science, art, music, and social science that focus on K–8 content while demonstrating exemplary teaching methods.
The program has the potential to meet the following explicit needs:
- The need for qualified, credentialed elementary school and special education teachers in California
- The need for minority teachers and minority role models in area schools
- The need for stability in the classrooms of the local community
- The need to encourage qualified interested members of other professions to consider the teaching profession a viable career change
Students who complete this major are eligible to enter Azusa Pacific University’s unique Intern Credential Program, teaching in their own classrooms, with the university providing coursework and support to the beginning, intern-credentialed teacher.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies program will be able to:
- PLO 1: Demonstrate subject matter competency in major subject areas (Language Arts, Math, Science, Art, Physical Education, Human Development, History) and apply it in educational contexts.
- PLO 2: Articulate a philosophy of education, based on current research in cognitive, physical, socioemotional, behavioral, and spiritual development.
- PLO 3: Analyze problems and assess information representing a variety of perspectives, and present solutions through skillful oral and written communication.
- PLO 4: Demonstrate the ability to integrate biblical concepts and principles in the role of teacher, including the ethical implications of working with children in a classroom setting.
- PLO 5: Integrate perspectives of diversity and learning needs into a teaching philosophy and classroom practices, demonstrating cultural-responsiveness.
- PLO 6: Demonstrate a commitment to professional development, research, and lifelong learning.
The Los Angeles Pacific University Core comprises the General Education requirements and the LAPU Distinctives. Students are encouraged to complete the Core before starting their major requirements. General Education requirements may met by transfer work. The LAPU Distinctives are required for all undergraduate degrees at LAPU.
|General Education Requirements||25|
|COMM 105||Public Communication||3|
|ENG 105||Introduction to Academic Research and Writing||3|
|Arts and Humanities|
|ART 110||Introduction to Art||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Literature|
|Introduction to Philosophy|
|Introduction to Ethics|
|MATH 125||College Algebra 1||3|
|APSY 105||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|or ECO 203||Principles of Microeconomics|
|HIS 202||World Civilizations||3|
|Physical and Biological Sciences|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab|
|Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab|
|Chemistry for Health Sciences/Lab|
|Introduction to Astronomy/Lab|
|BIBL 100||Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy||3|
|BIBL 230||Introduction to Biblical Literature: Luke/Acts||3|
|MO 101||Success in the University 1||3|
Must be taken at LAPU.
To earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, students must complete the following degree components:
|LIBS Major requirements||42|
34 credits total; 3 credits are counted below in Liberal Studies Major Requirements.
In order to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies, students must complete the following required courses while achieving a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 in their major courses.
|Core Requirement 1||31|
|ART 400||Visual Arts for the Elementary Teacher||3|
|ART 410||Performing Arts for the Elementary Teacher||3|
|ENG 420||Principles of Language||3|
|ENG 450||Children's Literature||3|
|HIS 202||World Civilizations||3|
|HIS 420||United States History and the Constitution||3|
|HIS 440||California History||3|
|LIBS 300||Introduction to Elementary Education||3|
|LIBS 310||Human Growth and Development for Educators||3|
|LIBS 510||P.E., Health, and Safety for Elementary Teachers||3|
|MATH 301||Math for the Elementary Teacher I||3|
|MATH 302||Math for the Elementary Teacher II||3|
|PHYS 301||Life Science||3|
|PHYS 325||Physical, Earth, and Space Sciences||3|
|Electives Requirement 2||47|
3 credits of the 34-credit Core are fulfilled within the Liberal Arts Major Requirements.
Students may choose from any course in the catalog. If students wish to complete a concentration, they may complete a maximum of two concentrations.
Students may also earn up to 30 credits of electives via Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).
- Concentration in Accounting
- Concentration in Applied Pastoral Counseling
- Concentration in Business Information Systems
- Concentration in Business Intelligence
- Concentration in Business Psychology
- Concentration in Child and Adolescent Psychology
- Concentration in Clinical Psychology
- Concentration in Criminal Behavior
- Concentration in Cultural Psychology
- Concentration in Cyber-Security
- Concentration in Educational Psychology
- Concentration in General Psychology
- Concentration in Health Information Systems
- Concentration in Healthcare Leadership
- Concentration in Healthcare Management
- Concentration in Human Services
- Concentration in Organizational Dynamics
- Concentration in Organizational Leadership
- Concentration in Psychology in the Healthcare Profession
- Concentration in Public Administration
- Concentration in Supply Chain Management
- Customized Concentration