Liberal Studies Core Courses

The heart of the Liberal Studies curriculum is a carefully-structured sequence of core courses that immerse students in the arts and humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. The core courses follow the development of these areas from ancient times to the present. A particular emphasis is placed on the interconnections among the disciplines, a central hallmark of the Liberal Studies curriculum. In LBST 300 and 301 students are introduced to the interdisciplinary framework of the Liberal Studies major, following which they examine the historical processes of the humanities and arts, the sciences, and the social sciences in LBST 302A/B. Next, they critically explore the nature and implications of current developments in these fields (LBST 303, 304, and 305, as well as the interdisciplinary studies courses, LBST 310, 315, 322, 323, 330, 331, 333, 335). Lastly, Liberal Studies majors participate in a capstone senior seminar of their choice (LBST 485-492) as well as a philosophical study of the nature of knowledge in the various disciplines (LBST 401).

    • Liberal Studies 300 Introduction to Liberal Studies (3)
      Focusing on the natural world as a theme, this course is an introductory exploration of values, modes of inquiry and expression in the arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.

    • Liberal Studies 301 Inquiry and Composition in Liberal Studies (3)
      Prerequisite or corequisite for 301: Liberal Studies 300
      Exploration of selected thematic interconnections between the arts and humanities, sciences, and the social sciences through reading, discussion, and composition. Satisfies the CSUF upper division writing course requirement for majors in Liberal Studies.

    • Liberal Studies 302A and B Historical Dimension of Liberal Studies (3/3)
      Prerequisites for 302A: Prior or concurrent completion of General Education II.A, and prior completion or concurrent enrollment in Liberal Studies 300.
      Liberal Studies 302A is a prerequisite for 302B.
      The origins and development of modes of thought and forms of expression in the three core areas of liberal studies, i.e., the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

    • Liberal Studies 303 Liberal Studies in the Arts and Humanities (3)
      Prerequisites: Music 101 (or equivalent course/ experience in music theory), Liberal Studies 301 and 302B, and completion of the General Education requirement III.B.2.
      An interdisciplinary approach to the humanities and arts which examines their purposes, structures and major developments in the 20th and 21st centuries.

    • Liberal Studies 304 Liberal Studies in the Sciences (3)
      Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 301 and 302B and completion of the General Education requirement III.A.1,2, and 4.
      An interdisciplinary introduction the the character and aims of 20th and 21st century science, current theories and knowledge, and the role of science and technology in contemporary society.

    • Liberal Studies 305 Liberal Studies in the Social Sciences (3)
      Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 301 and 302B and completion of the General Education requirement III.C.2.
      An interdisciplinary introduction to modern social science in which major thinkers, ideas, movements and problems are approached historically, comparatively, and analytically.

    • One Interdisciplinary Studies Course: LBST 310, 315, 322, 323, 330, 331, 333, 335, 337, 340 (3)

    • Philosophy/Liberal Studies 401 Knowledge in the Arts and Sciences (3)
      Prerequisites: Liberal Studies 304 and either Liberal Studies 303 or 305.
      A philosophical analysis and comparison of how the natural sciences, the social sciences and the arts and humanities apply epistemological or aesthetic criteria to assess scientific and artistic activities. Discussion of the evolution of these criteria in their social and ideological context.

    • Senior Seminar in Liberal Studies (3)
      Interdisciplinary study of selected topics or works with an emphasis on student-led discussions.
      Students may take any one of the Liberal Studies Senior Seminars, Liberal Studies 485-492.

    • Liberal Studies 485 Senior Seminar in Cultural Diversity (3)
      Prerequisites: Senior standing, Liberal Studies 305 and completion of general education cultural diversity requirements.

    • Liberal Studies 486 Senior Seminar in Humanities and Arts (3)
      Prerequisites: Senior standing and Liberal Studies 303.

    • Liberal Studies 487 Senior Seminar in Evolution and Creation (3)
      Prerequisites: Senior standing and Liberal Studies 302B.

    • Liberal Studies 488 Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies (3)
      Prerequisites: Senior standing and Liberal Studies 304 or 305.

    • Liberal Studies 489 Senior Seminar in Gender Issues (3)
      Prerequisites: Senior standing and Liberal Studies 305.

    • Liberal Studies 490 Senior Seminar in Great Books (3)
      Prerequisites: Senior standing and Liberal Studies 302B.

    • Liberal Studies 491 Senior Seminar in Literature and Science (3)
      Prerequisites: Senior standing and Liberal Studies 302B.

    • Liberal Studies 492 Senior Seminar in The History of the Information Machine (3)
       Prerequisites: Senior standing and Liberal Studies 302B.