BA in Liberal Studies with Multiple Subject Teaching Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subjects Teaching

This program exposes potential educators to subjects most commonly taught in California elementary schools including language arts, natural sciences, mathematics, visual and performing arts, history, human development, physical education and health.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Multiple Subjects Teaching is designed to provide the undergraduate preparation needed for entry into post-baccalaureate, multiple-subject credential programs. Students examine education from a variety of perspectives, explore child development as it relates to learning and teaching, and conduct applied research projects. 

  • Courses are aligned with Common Core and other state standards.
  • Multiple subjects include: language arts, natural sciences, mathematics, visual and performing arts, history, human development, physical education and health.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent.
  2. Completed application package. Applications are available online.
  3. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.
  4. For those applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Graduation Requirements–Bachelor Degrees

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • 36 credits earned in upper- division coursework.
  • Minimum of 30 credits completed in residence at Brandman; 18 of which must be upper-division credits, 12 of which must be completed in students major.
  • A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Brandman and transfer work.
  • A 2.0 grade point average in all major and minor coursework. Programs may have additional grade requirements.
  • Resolution of all “I” grades.
  • LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.



The following courses must be passed with a letter grade of “C” or higher: LBSU 250, LBSU 403, ENGU 420, ENGU 450, NSCU 302, NSCU 304, MATU 206, MATU 207, ARTU 450, LBSU 310, HISU 358, HISU 360, HISU 372, and EDUU 350.

The following courses must be passed with a letter grade of “C+” or higher: PSYU 323, EDUU 551, EDUU 513 and EDUU 514. Courses in the BA Liberal Studies program may be used to fulfill both major and general education requirements, as appropriate.

Education Foundations (9 credits)

LBSU 250 Education and Society in the 21st Century 3
EDUU 551 Education Applications of Computers 3
LBSU 403 Liberal Studies Multiple Subjects Capstone 3


Subject Matter Courses (42 credits)


English/Language Arts

ENGU 420 Language Development and Acquisition 3
ENGU 450 Literature of Children and Young Adults 3
Total credits 6


Natural Science

NSCU 302 Life Science 3
NSCU 304 Earth and Physical Science 3
Total credits 6



MATU 206 Math for Elementary School Teachers I 3
MATU 207 Math for Elementary School Teachers II 3
Total credits 6


Visual & Performing Arts

ARTU 450 Creativity and the Visual Arts 3
LBSU 310 Music, Movement and Drama: The Human Expression 3
Total credits 6


History and Social Science

HISU 358 United States History and Democracy 3
HISU 360 World History and Geography 3
HISU 372 California History 3
Total credits 9


Child Development/Health and PE

PSYU 323 Child Development 3
EDUU 350 Teaching and Learning 3
*EDUU 513 Student Health and Safety 2
*EDUU 514 Physical Education for Elementary Teachers 1
Total credits 9


Total Credits



* Students in the BA Liberal Studies program, regardless of class level, are allowed to enroll in required 500 graduate level courses without Dean approval.

NOTE: Teacher Credential Programs: A California Multiple Subject credential requires both proof of subject matter competence, i.e. passing score on the appropriate CSET and CBEST, and completion of an approved credential program. Students seeking a multiple subject credential must make formal application to the School of Education. See your program advisor for information about the requirements and procedures for applying to the multiple subject credential program.

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