1 Guide to Liberal Studies Welcome to an overview of the Liberal Studies Major at Cal State San Marcos.
2 What to expect Directions: This presentation will take you approximately an hour. You can review it in one sitting or several. Several slides contain web links with more indepth information on the topic. The links will appear in a blue color. Please view the links. Tip: You can open the links in a new browser window, and switch between windows. At the end of the presentation, you ll be asked to take a very brief quiz. Please pay careful attention to the information presented.
3 CSUSM Colleges CSUSM College of Arts & Sciences College of Business College of Education Undergrad/Grad majors Liberal Studies Other BS & BA Degrees MS and MA Degrees Post baccalaureate Degrees Credential Programs Master s in Education
4 Unit Requirements for LBST Minimum semester units required to graduate 120 units A maximum of 70 units from community colleges may apply toward your total units. Minimum of 50 units must be from non-community college sources. At least 40 units must be upper division. At least 30 units must be completed at CSUSM.
5 Language Requirement All CSUSM students must complete an intermediate college-level language other than English. The intermediate level is usually the third semester. High School coursework doesn t count. Can be any language other than English, including American Sign Language. For more details, click here.
6 Computer Competency Requirement (CCR) Required for all students. Met by exam. Must be passed prior to registering for your 3rd semester at CSUSM (registration is usually in April of 2 nd semester.) If not passed, a registration hold will become effective preventing you from registering for your 3 rd semester. See CCR website for more information, and bookmark it for future reference!
7 What Every Liberal Studies major should know Some tips to help you succeed as a CSUSM student.
8 Meeting with Your Advisor Academic advisors see students by appointment. All appointments are scheduled through the advising scheduler. Advisors schedule appointments one week in advance. DO NOT wait to make an appointment until right before you have to register. That s our busiest time of year. Bring transcripts, worksheet, and appointment confirmation or picture ID.
9 Your Student Account This is VERY IMPORTANT! After you enroll in courses at orientation, you must set up your student account. Advisors, instructors, and just about everyone on campus communicates with you via your campus account. If you have not activated your , you will miss important messages. Website has instructions for setting up your account. Need to do this before you can schedule an advising appointment.
10 Take Responsibility for Your Education! Cal State San Marcos does NOT mail: Copies of your schedule Bills for tuition & fees It s your responsibility to Register for the correct courses (check and double-check your schedule!) Pay your fees on time Check your schedule and fees through the My CSUSM.
11 Avoid Walk-Away F s If you register for a course and do not attend, or stop attending, your instructor has the right to drop you from the course, but they seldom do it themselves, so It is your responsibility alone to officially drop the course!!! The first two weeks of the semester (Before the Add/Drop deadline) you can add/drop a class without record on your transcripts.
12 Avoid Walk-Away F s After the Last day to Add/Drop if you want to drop a course you must submit a petition. The petition may be denied. If you are enrolled in the course and either never attend, or stop attending partway through, you will receive a grade of WU. This counts as an F in your GPA. Refer to the General Catalog for the University policy on Dropping and Withdrawing from courses.
13 Repeating Courses A CSUSM course with a C- or below may be repeated for a better grade. After passing the course in a subsequent attempt, file a GPA Adjustment form in Enrollment Services. This will exclude one prior low grade in the course from your GPA calculation, but will not remove it from your transcript. You may repeat up to five (5) different courses for GPA adjustment.
14 Repeating Courses (continued) GPA adjustments only apply to repeating the same course at CSUSM; do not apply if course is taken at two different institutions. You may not receive credit more than once for taking the same course over at CSUSM, or an equivalent course that you took at another school. Example: If you took Intro to Psychology at another college, you can t take that same course here at CSUSM.
15 Applying for Graduation You must apply for graduation two semesters in advance: Apply in this term early Fall 2006 For Graduation in this term Spring 2007 Need to have at least 85 units to apply Deadline and procedures are published on the web If you fail to meet deadline, pay a late fee & slows graduation process File application either online, through My CSUSM, or at Cougar Central.
16 Community college courses approved for lower-division requirements, by major. Choose list based on your catalog year. Send final transcripts when grades are posted. Click here for instructions on using the Assist website for Liberal Studies majors.
17 What is Liberal Studies? A major that provides exposure to a variety of intellectual disciplines, and an opportunity to explore a broad range of fields. The major is separated into different options: Border Studies Teaching
18 Border Studies The Border Studies Option (BRS) within Liberal Studies is a distinct program with its own Lower Division and Upper Division preparation requirements. The curriculum offers an interdisciplinary study of border regions worldwide. Students explore the dynamic relationships that take place across cultural, geopolitical, linguistic, and social frontiers.
19 Border Studies The B.A. in Liberal Studies-BRS serves as preparation for careers in government, the non-profit or private sector, education and a wide range of other fields The BRS Option is also a good foundation for postgraduate studies in the social sciences.
20 Border Studies Worksheets are available from the LBST Advising website to assist you in tracking BRS requirements: General Education Worksheet Major Worksheet Border Studies faculty are also available to assist you.
21 Teaching Options There are two Liberal Studies options designed for students interested in a career in teaching K-8 or Special Education: Elementary Subject Matter Preparation (ESM), or Traditional Option Integrated Credential Program (ICP) Option Both are structured to help students become highly qualified teachers and prepare for the tests required before entering a credential program.
22 The Liberal Studies/Teaching Connection Liberal Studies ESM and ICP curriculums address the seven core subject matter areas of K-8 teaching: Reading, Language & Literature History & Social Science Mathematics Science Visual and Performing Arts Human Development Physical Education
23 Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Liberal Studies ESM and ICP options are the best preparation for multiple subject teaching in self-contained and core classrooms Usually preschool & elementary school Special Education: all ages More information on the Multiple Subject credential from the College of Education Website
24 Middle School Teaching Middle School is grades 5-9 Middle Level credential at Cal State San Marcos is a multiple-subject program, gives candidates flexibility to teach in Elementary and Middle Schools. Candidates can choose a Liberal Studies major, but should be certified to teach in a specific subject area in addition. Could choose to study a single subject instead of Liberal Studies. More information on Middle Level teaching from the College of Education Website
25 High School Teaching (Single Subject) Liberal Studies major is not the best option; you should major in the subject you want to teach. If you want to change your major, you will need to submit a change, in writing, to Enrollment Services, and contact Orientation Programs. Cal State San Marcos has single-subject preparation programs in Math, Spanish, English (Literature & Writing major), and History/Social Science. Link to Pre-Teaching program info. Recommended you also have a second area of strength in an additional subject area. More information on Single Subject teaching from the College of Education Website
26 I m a LBST Major Do I have to teach? Most Liberal Studies majors pursue a career in elementary school teaching. However, if you do not plan to teach, a degree in Liberal Studies can lead to a wide variety of careers. The Border Studies option can lead to a different path than teaching. Also The Career Center can help you find a job or a career with your BA in Liberal Studies!
27 Liberal Studies Requirements The University s General Catalog contains major and minor requirements for all programs, as well as University policies and procedures. Each time the catalog is published, departments have an opportunity to revise their major requirements. The Liberal Studies major underwent significant changes in these years: 1998, 2002, and 2004.
28 Catalog Year Your Catalog Year refers to the major requirements you are following from a certain year s catalog. Your catalog is determined based on when you established and maintained continuous attendance at a combination of CA community colleges and CSU campuses. If you began at a community college or CSU, and kept attending every year, your catalog year will be the year you started.
29 Catalog Year (continued) If you maintain continuous enrollment, you may stay with your original catalog rights, even if the major changes. To simplify things, your file is colorcoded based on your catalog year. At orientation, you will receive a personalized Advising Worksheet based on your catalog year. Read more about Catalog Year
30 Liberal Studies Teaching Option Catalog Years If you established and maintained attendance at CA community college or CSU, your file color is... PURPLE: Spring 1998 and prior GREEN: Summer 1998-Spring 2002 ORANGE: Summer 2002-Spring 2004 PINK: Summer 2004 and after NOTE: If you start attending CSUSM as a different major and later change your major to Liberal Studies, you will be assigned the catalog year requirements in effect at the time you change your major.
31 If you plan to take a break from school CAUTION! If you break attendance for a calendar year, you will lose your catalog rights. You will be held to catalog requirements in effect at time of return. This could add on LOTS of requirements! Participating in commencement ceremony is NOT the same as graduating Make sure you finish ALL final requirements!!!
32 Liberal Studies Teaching Option Requirements You will have either a personalized Degree Progress Report (DPR) or you will receive a personalized advising worksheet at orientation. It will tell you exactly what YOU still need to take to graduate based on your catalog year. But the following is general information about the major
33 Liberal Studies Teaching Option Lower-division core is units. You ll need to choose one option for upper-division study, about 39 units. Options explained on upcoming slides. Options vary, depending on catalog year. The major incorporates all general education requirements.
34 Liberal Studies Teaching Option Choose Your Path: Traditional or ICP? Lower-division core requirements are determined by your catalog year, and may be completed at a community college or at CSUSM. Upper-division study- You will choose one of two paths to follow. The Traditional path is to graduate with your bachelor s degree. If you want to go on to teach, you apply to a teaching credential program to begin after graduation. The Integrated Credential Program (ICP) blends the upper-division liberal studies coursework with the teaching credential courses. You must choose either traditional or ICP path.
35 Traditional Path Students who choose the traditional path in the Liberal Studies major have these choices: Catalog years through 1997 Liberal Studies Option Catalog years Liberal Studies Option, or Catalog years 2004 to current Elementary Subject Matter program (ESM) Option
36 ORANGE Traditional Path: Liberal Studies Option Liberal Studies Option: Catalog years through 2003 A broad range of disciplines. Students can take courses at their own pace. Incorporates lower-and upper-division general education. Students follow a Special Field of choice. Requires portfolio based on the Special Field (for catalog years ). Your DPR, advising worksheet and approved course lists will be based on this option. AVAILABLE TO : PURPLE GREEN
37 Traditional Path: Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) For students with 2004 and later catalog year. About 54 units of lower-division core 15 units breadth of study 9 units upper-division GE units Depth of Study More details on this option AVAILABLE TO : PINK
38 Integrated Credential Program Option (ICP) Concurrent B.A. in Liberal Studies/Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Chosen instead of one of the traditional options. The Integrated Credential Program (ICP) option integrates the Junior and Senior years of the Liberal Studies major with the Teaching Credential Each semester has a theme, such as Mathematics, Science Must apply and be admitted to this option. Finish with B.A. in Liberal Studies and Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential. Available to: Purple Orange Green Pink
39 Integrated Credential Program (ICP) Open to all catalog years Concurrent B.A. in Liberal Studies/Multiple Subject Teaching Credential Starts in the Junior year. Each semester you have some CORE courses (reserved for your cohort) and NON-CORE courses (you take on your own). Uses cohort model: each semester, you take your core courses with the same group of students. Classroom field placements include two (2) field practicums, with full-time student teaching in the last semester. Available to: Purple Orange Green Pink
40 Requirements for Acceptance to ICP Must be able to attend full-time (15-16 units/semester) for all three years. Must be able to attend classes during the day (currently Monday and Wednesday). Eligibility requirements 2.67 GPA, Lower-division coursework at or near completion.
41 ICP Sample Semester Theme : Language, Culture and Learning Core Courses (9 units) EDMS 511B (3 units) Elementary Teaching & Learning I EDMS 521B (3 units) Elementary Literacy I LING 300 (3 units) Introduction to Linguistics Non-Core Courses (6 units) Special Field or Depth of Study course (3-4 units) EDUC 422 (3 units) Technology Tools for Teaching and Learning
42 Benefits of the ICP Students are guaranteed registration in core courses. Pairing of subject matter preparation with teaching methods enhances learning. Built-in support and study group. Teaching skills are developed and seasoned over three years. Total of four (4) classroom experiences. Networking with teachers and school districts.
43 Want more info on the ICP? Visit the ICP website for more details. We ll talk about the ICP again at orientation, and give you a chance to decide if it s for you. You may submit your ICP application at orientation.
44 Concentrations Special Field/Depth of Study The Special Field and Depth of Study are areas of concentration within the Liberal Studies Teaching option. You have several choices of academic subjects to pursue. Typically, four (4) to five (5) courses required. Required for all Liberal Studies majors. May contribute toward a Subject Matter Authorization for your teaching credential
45 Special Field/Depth of Study Features Special Field Depth of Study Can choose which field you want to follow from the Concentrations on the website. Is a required part of the major, even if you don t plan to teach. Is typically four (4) courses of upper-division study, units. Is typically five (5) courses of upper-division study, units Should choose a teachable subject, such as Math, Science, Literature & Writing, History, etc., for teaching middle school May be built into a minor, if available. Requires a Portfolio (catalog years ) Courses need to be completed by the semester before graduation. If you choose a field in science, requires you to complete a different lower-division physical science series.
46 Special Field Worksheets For catalog years through 2003 only All Special Field worksheets are available on the Liberal Studies advising website. Math & Sciences are highly recommended for future educators.
47 Depth of Study Worksheets For catalog years 2004 and later only All Depth of Study worksheets are available on the Liberal Studies advising website. Math & Sciences are highly recommended for future educators.
48 Special Field Portfolio catalog years Based on your Special Field courses Samples of graded coursework + analytical essay Portfolio guidelines are on page 2 of Special Field Worksheets Save ALL original graded coursework from special field courses. Due the semester of graduation, in spring for summer graduates Graded PASS/FAIL by faculty
49 Why is this woman so happy? Because She chose her Special Field/Depth of Study before she came to orientation. This gave her more options for courses to take. Her course reservation experience was a lot less stressful! This is especially critical for students interested in the ICP! Here are those links again: Special Fields Depths of Study
50 How to Choose Courses You ll be registering for courses at orientation, and your advisors will help. You need two advising tools to select courses each semester: 1. Your DPR or advising worksheet (you ll get this at orientation) Tells you which requirements you still need to fulfill for graduation 2. The current Approved Course List (ACL) Traditional ACL ICP ACL Tells you which courses are being offered in that particular semester will fulfill each major requirement. Print a new one each semester. Use the one based on your catalog year and option.
51 Approved Course Lists (ACLs) Color coded according to catalog year. Published each term by your Liberal Studies Advisors. Found on our website Use the new ACL for each semester. Choose ICP list if interested in following the ICP. Using an old ACL from a past semester may cause you to take a course that doesn t count!
52 Minimum Grade Requirement C or better grade is required for all major courses. C- does not count. CR/NC is not allowed. EDUC & EDMS courses require a C+ or better. If you get a low grade, best option is to repeat the same course. Applies to: ICP Orange Green Pink
53 Suggestions for Future Teachers Take CBEST after completing math requirements. Prepare yourself for the CSET: Save your textbooks and class notes Prep courses offered through Extended Studies Attend a College of Education Advising/Info. Session Maintain a minimum 2.67 overall GPA, but aim higher! Prerequisite courses (subject to change) EDUC 350 EDUC 364 EDUC 422 need a C+ or better
54 We want you to succeed! Your advisors job is to help you graduate. We routinely answer questions like: What courses can I take next semester? When can I graduate? But also come to see us if: You are having problems in your courses Your are considering leaving school
55 Meet the Advisors Teri Renner Traditional Option Advising Coordinator Gwen Hansen ICP Option Advising Coordinator Chrystal Kendrick Traditional & BRS Option Advisor Virgian Morrissette-Hughes ICP Option Advisor
56 The Presentation Is Over Now, see how much you ve learned. Take a brief quiz about the Liberal Studies major.