Sep 23, 2023
This major is designed for students interested in teaching in elementary school or middle school. The following course work, offered by the Department of Humanities , 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 2.75 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 Teacher Preparation : How To Become a Teacher for information on application and admission to credential programs.
Summary of Degree Units
|University Graduation Requirements
|Major Core Requirements
The 4-Year Roadmap is available online. 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 Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online.
Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment, and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).
Core Lower Division General Education (6 units)
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, B4, or F must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with a 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.
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) requirement may be satisfied in the major (if identified below) or by transfer from a community college or university. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A /HUM 1B /HUM 2A /HUM 2B ) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement.
Consult major advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.
Physical Education (2 units)
All SJSU undergraduate students, regardless of major, have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in physical activities. To accommodate students’ needs and interests, the university offers a diverse selection of activity courses .
Major Requirements (99-105 units)
Reading, Language and Literature (18 units)
Linguistics and Development
History and Social Science (15-21 units)
Chicana and Chicano History
Visual and Performing Arts (9 units)
Art Disciplines (6 units)
Complete six units in two different art disciplines:
Physical Education and Health (3 units)
Human Development (3 units)
Complete one course from:
Introduction to Liberal Studies (3 units)
Area of Specialization (12 units)
Specialization Electives (9 units)
Complete 9 units from the following. Six units may be lower division.
- AMS 1A - American Cultures to 1877 6 unit(s) (C1+D)
- AMS 1B - American Cultures 1877 to Present 6 unit(s) (C2+D+US123)
- AMS 129 - How the World sees the United States 3 unit(s)
- AMS 169 - The American Dream 3 unit(s) (S)
- AMS 179 - American Popular Culture 3 unit(s)
- CA 60 - Creativity Matters 3 unit(s) (E)
- CA 95 - Introduction to Queer Arts 3 unit(s) (C1)
- CA 172 - The Arts in U.S. Society 3 unit(s) (S)
- CA 173 - Thinking About Contemporary World Arts 3 unit(s) (V)
- CA 175 - Seminar in Creative Process 3 unit(s)
- CA 176 - Creativity and Creative Leadership 3 unit(s)
- HUM 95 - Introduction to Digital Humanities 3 unit(s)
- HUM 114 - Legacy of Asia 3 unit(s) (V)
- HUM 119 - Myths, Heroes, and Global Cultures 3 unit(s)
- HUM 159 - Nature and World Cultures 3 unit(s) (V)
- HUM 177A - Advanced Honors in Integrated Science, Social Science, and Humanities 6 unit(s)
- HUM 177B - Advanced Honors in Integrated Science, Social Science, and Humanities 3 unit(s) (RSV)
- RELS 70 - Gods, Guns, Gurus, Grails-World Religion 3 unit(s) (C2)
- RELS 90 - Bible History and Literature 3 unit(s) (C2)
- RELS 99 - Death, Dying and Religions 3 unit(s) (E)
- RELS 120 - Censors and Icons: Arts and Religion 3 unit(s)
- RELS 122 - Magic, Science and Religion 3 unit(s) (V)
- RELS 131 - Gender, Sexuality, and Religion 3 unit(s)
- RELS 142 - Contemporary Buddhism and its Roots 3 unit(s)
- RELS 145 - Middle Eastern Traditions 3 unit(s) (V)
- RELS 162 - Religion and Political Controversy in the US 3 unit(s) (S)
- RELS 191 - Religion in America 3 unit(s) (S)
- Any relevant HUM 160 course with advisor approval
Advanced Writing (3 units)
Capstone Course (3 units)
University Electives (7-13 units)
Total Units Required (120 units)