The Liberal Studies Department offers three Options, all leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. All three Options are suitable for students who start their undergraduate careers at CSUSM as well as for transfer students; some coursework taken at California community colleges may be applied to Liberal Studies requirements for all three Options.
The Border Studies Option (BRS) is designed for students who want to acquire knowledge and skills regarding the dynamics that occur in regions where multiple communities come into overlapping contact and where borders of all sorts both divide and create communities. The BRS Option is particularly suited for students who want to become service professionals working within border regions in careers such as city planning, public policy, health professions, border patrol, education, and public administration. The BRS curriculum provides an interdisciplinary exploration of the geopolitical, linguistic, cultural, and social frontiers that shape the development of border communities. To learn more about the BRS Option, please read the requirements on the following pages; if you have questions, contact the Liberal Studies Department Chair.
The Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Option (ESM) and the Integrated Credential Program Option (ICP) are designed specifically for future K-8 teachers and meet the California Standards for Multiple Subject Matter Preparation Programs. The ESM provides the undergraduate preparation needed for entry into Post-Baccalaureate Multiple Subject Credential programs, while the ICP combines that undergraduate coursework with the curriculum of the School of Education¿s Multiple Subject/English Learner Authorization Teacher Credential Program. For students who do not wish to be teachers but are seeking a broad liberal arts education, the ESM provides such a curriculum. For these students, the ESM serves as a liberal arts foundation for high school, community college, and university student services jobs; NGOs focused on education issues; most graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences, and law school.
The ESM and ICP Options share the same coursework to meet certain lower-division (first- and second-year) requirements as well as a number of Upper Division (third- and fourth-year) requirements. ESM students who complete the curriculum with the required grades receive a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. ICP students who complete the curriculum with the required grades receive a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies as well as the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. To learn more about the ESM and ICP Options, please read the requirements on the following pages; if you have questions, contact Liberal Studies.
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