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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, Emphasis in Elementary Education, B.A. in Applied Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 49012) (SIMS Code: 331922)

Also Offered at SDSU Imperial Valley

All candidates for a degree in applied arts and sciences must complete the graduation requirements listed in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

Completion of the liberal studies major fulfills General Education requirements.

A minor is not required for this major.

Emphasis in Elementary Education

Preparation for the Major

(56 units)

Complete 43 units of lower division core plus the courses listed below. These courses must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better and may not be taken for credit/no credit (Cr/NC).

International Experience Requirement

In recognition of the increasing globalization in all sectors of world society, the Liberal Studies International Experience has been established. Students participate in designated, pre-approved study abroad experiences in a different country. Options include a variety of short term and semester formats designed to meet the needs of different students, including those with family and work responsibilities. The purpose of the experience is to increase student awareness of cross-cultural and global issues - issues that are critical to their development as future teachers and citizens in a complex, rapidly changing world. All liberal studies majors are required to participate in an international experience approved by the program director.

To meet the international experience requirement, majors must complete one of the following:

  1. A CSU Study Abroad Program;
  2. An SDSU Exchange Program;
  3. An SDSU Study Abroad Program;
  4. An SDSU Study Travel Program;


Major Including Required Focus and Option

(51-57 units) [NOTE: Plus additional lower division units]


(9 lower and upper division units)

All students complete a focus in literacy, mathematics, or science. A minor or second major may not be substituted for a focus.


(9-10 units)

All students complete an option. Some options lead to additional certifications; see the introduction section for details. To complete an additional 8+ units in mathematics or science, change to the Mathematics Emphasis or the Science Emphasis.


(9 units)

When combined with the literacy focus, students may earn the Basic Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language. See the linguistics section of the catalog.

Performing Arts

(9 units)

[Not available at SDSU Imperial Valley]:


(9 units)

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Complete RWS 280  or RWS 281  [or LING 281 ] before taking ECL 306W  and earn a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.


1 Students must pass the Liberal Studies Mathematics Proficiency Assessment prior to enrolling in MATH 312  and MATH 313 .

2 May substitute SPED 527  if seeking a special education credential.

3 Verify with a liberal studies adviser.

4 Prerequisite: LING 420  in the major.

5 Required for Foundational Level General Science certification. See science emphasis.

6 Required for Introductory Subject Matter Authorization or Foundational Level General Science certification; therefore, required for the science emphasis.

7 When combined with the literacy focus, students may earn the Basic Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language. See the linguistics section of the catalog.

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