Minor in Liberal Studies

Students who minor in Liberal Studies are expected to attain a general understanding of significant concepts, themes and figures in the three general subject areas covered by the major: the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students learn to analyze, evaluate, and apply significant concepts, themes and arguments from these three general subject areas of Liberal Studies. Students should be able to recognize interdisciplinary connections among the three subject areas and synthesize parallel developments within them. They also learn to communicate effectively, in particular by being able to: (1) write clearly and correctly, and (2) analyze and present ideas and subject material coherently. 15 total units are required. Grades of C (2.0) or better are required for all courses.

Requirements for the Liberal Studies Minor


1. LBST 100: Introduction to the Humanities (3)

Meets GE Requirement in Area C2 (Introduction to Humanities)
Interdisciplinary introduction to the humanities as a set of related disciplines that apply conceptual, critical, historical and linguistic analyses to advance our understanding of what it means to be human. Some sections may be offered in an on-line format.

2. LBST 101: Introduction to the Social Sciences (3)

Meets GE Requirement in Area D1 (Introduction to Social Science)
Covers major topics in the social sciences in order to understand their systematic study of human behavior, to realize the connections among particular issues and approaches, and to reflect critically on modern life. Some sections may be offered in an on-line format.

3. Nine units of upper division Liberal Studies electives (9)

These electives may include any three of the following upper division Liberal Studies GE courses.

LBST 310: The California Experience (3)
Meets GE Requirements in Area D.5 (Explorations in Social Sciences) and Area Z (Cultural Diversity) Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category D.1.
Seven themes in California studies. Explores the California experience through readings, films, music, and writing assignments that involve research in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences in California. (Same as HIST 310)

LBST 315: A European Tour (3)
Meets GE Requirements in Area D.5 (Explorations in Social Sciences) and Area Z (Cultural Diversity)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE category D.1 Introduction to the Social Sciences
A holistic, interdisciplinary introduction to the development of European civilization. Investigates the geographical and environmental context, the peopling of Europe, and the evolution of cultural, political, economic, and religious ideas and institutions that have shaped European identity and experience.

LBST 322: Cross-Cultural Social Science (3)
Meets GE Requirements in Area D.5 (Explorations in Social Sciences) and Area Z (Cultural Diversity)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE subarea D.1 Introduction to the Social Sciences
An interdisciplinary study of cross-cultural social thought. Investigates the varied responses that thinkers from different societies and cultures have given to enduring questions of human social existence.

LBST 323: Cross-Cultural Humanities (3)
Meets GE Requirement in Area C.3 (Explorations in the Arts and Humanities) and Area Z (Cultural Diversity)
Prerequisites: Completion of G.E. categories C1 and C2. 
Interdisciplinary exploration of the Humanities through a series of persistent questions humans have raised across cultures and historical periods. It focuses both on the commonalities of human concerns and on the diversity and uniqueness of the answers given to them.

LBST 330: History of Early Science and Technology (3)
Meets GE Requirement in Area B.5 (Implications & Explorations of Mathematics and Natural Sciences)
Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Categories B.1 and B.2.
Science and technology in the development of human culture, especially the interactions among science, technology and society in ancient Greece and China, medieval and Renaissance Europe, and Islam. (Same as HIST 330)

LBST 331: History of Science: Copernicus to the Present (3)
Meets GE Requirement in Area B.5 (Implications & Explorations of Mathematics and Natural Sciences)
Prerequisite: completion of G.E. Category B.2.
Science from the 16th century to the present especially the scientific revolutions of the 17th and 20th centuries and the interaction between science, technology and culture. (Same as HIST 331)

LBST 333 Evolution and Creation (3)
Meets GE Requirement in Area B.5 (Implications & Explorations of Mathematics and Natural Sciences) 
Prerequisites: completion of introductory G.E. Categories B.2 and C.2.
Interdisciplinary study of evolutionary biology's impact on culture in context of religious doctrines of creation. Evolutionary theory and religious and philosophical reactions from Darwin to the present, including relevant educational and legal contexts. (Same as PHIL 333)

LBST 335: Science on the Silver Screen (3)
Meets GE Requirement in Area C.3 (Explorations of Arts and Humanities)
Prerequisite: Completion of GE category C.2
A critical examination of representations of science and scientists in film.  Themes include images of scientists, the relationship between science and society, depictions of scientific personalities, and the emotional lives of scientists.