Liberal Studies, B.S.

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The program outline and graduation requirements are listed below.  In addition, free electives are selected to reach 120 credits overall required for graduation.

The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 

This program is an education preparation program.  Please consult the College of Education page for more information about the college admission requirements.


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements.  To review more detailed information regarding these requirements, please visit Degree Requirements >>General Education (LEP) Requirements. Courses in the major and/or cognate may also be used to satisfy LEP requirements where noted below (*).


B.S. Liberal Studies students must also have a second major in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education. 

Required (3 Credits)
MAT 105 - Mathematics for Elementary Education I

Two 18-credit concentrations (36 Credits)
Liberal Studies majors may select from existing minors and IDS-concentrations, as approved for their education major by the Curriculum and Learning Department. Recommended selections are listed below. 

Recommended for Elementary Education Majors: 

History (18 Credits)
HIS 200 - Historical Methods and Material
Select one 300-level HIS course
Select 12 additional HIS credits, may not include more than two 100-level courses.

English: Language, Literature and Writing (18 Credits)
ENG 307 - Literacy Analysis for English majors
ENG 309 - Rhetorical Strategies in Writing and Communication
     or ENG 200 - Intermediate Composition
ENG 312 - English Grammar Systems
ENG 372 - Young Adult Literature

Select one of the following two options (6 credits):

      1. Any two 300-400 level ENG or LIT literature courses
      2. Select one from: ENG 201, 202, 203 and one 300-400 level ENG or LIT literature course

Recommended for Early Childhood Education Majors: 

Psychology (18 Credits)
PSY 100 - Introduction to Psychology
Select an additional 15 credits in Psychology, with the following restrictions:

Child, Family, and Community Studies (18 Credits)
TSL 315 - Foundation in Bilingual Education
REC 312 - Therapeutic Play

Select 12 credits from:
EDU 110 - Experiencing the Arts
EDU 305 - Beginning Readers 
EDU 316 - Child Development for Educators
EDU 414 - Applications of Child Development
PCH 356 - Maternal and Child Health
PSY 210 - Infant and Child Development
PSY 318 - Emotional and Social Development
PSY 320 - Abnormal Child Psychology
PSY 370 - Educational Psychology
REC 202 - Materials and Methods Birth to Five
REC 307 - Disabilities in Society
REC 403 - Mediating Problems in Community Settings
SHE 203 - School Health
SOC 265 - Self and Society
SOC 320 - Sociology of the Children
SOC 322 - Sociology of the Family