Major Requirements

Major Requirements

There are five components to the Liberal Studies major. See the bulletin for details on our curriculum.

I. University Core Curriculum 48 semester hours

Subject-matter requirements for Liberal Studies majors are specific and may differ from those of other majors within the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. The core course requirements are spread across 13 courses and three areas - Foundations, Explorations, and Integrations - and include six core “flags.”

II. Liberal Studies Major Requirements 55 semester hours

III. Education Program Requirements 21 semester hours

IV. Electives 9-12 semester hours

Liberal Studies majors fulfill the Multiple Subjects student teaching requirement for the teaching credential by completing 9-12 semester hours of EDCE 410 Elementary Directed Teaching, which are applied toward both the semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree in Liberal Studies and the requirements for the credential within the state of California.

V. Concentration

In addition to the above requirements, all Liberal Studies majors complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework in a chosen area of concentration, which represents a subject area generally taught in elementary schools or a related area of study. With careful planning, the concentration can constitute most, if not all, of an LMU minor. Students must declare a concentration by Fall semester of their sophomore year. See the Bulletin for qualifying concentrations and their specific requirements. Concentrations options include:

  • Art History (ARHS)
  • Asian and Pacific Studies (ASPA)
  • Asian Pacific American Studies (APAM)
  • Bilingualism and Biliteracy (BLBL)
  • Chicano/a Studies (CHST)
  • Dance (DANC)
  • Early Childhood Education (ECED)
  • English (ENGL)
  • History (HIST)
  • Mathematics (MATH)
  • Modern Languages and Literatures (Chinese-CHIN, French-FREN, German-GRMN, Italian-ITAL, or Spanish-SPAN)
  • Music (MUSC)
  • Political Science (POLS)
  • Psychology (PSYC)
  • Science (SNCE)
  • Sociology (SOCL)
  • Special Education (SPED)
  • Studio Arts (STAR)
  • Theatre Arts (THEA)
  • Urban Studies (URBN)
  • Women's and Gender Studies (WGST)