Liberal Studies (BA) | Los Angeles Pacific University

Bachelor of Arts

Liberal Studies

42

Required Major Units

$450

Cost Per Unit

$18,900

Estimated Major Cost

General Studies Core Requirements

Students pursuing any of LAPU’s bachelor’s degrees are encouraged to complete the General Studies Core before starting their major requirements. Students must attain at least a 2.0 (C) grade-point average in the major. Some majors may require a 2.5 grade-point average (please refer to the degree for more details). All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists. Prior coursework from regionally accredited colleges/universities may be transferred to meet the General Studies Core requirements.

English Communications

6 Units

COMM

105

Public Communication

3 Units

Practical instruction on how to speak effectively and basic principles underlying effective communication. Topics range from the study of theoretical models of public communication to the fundamental skills of research, organization, and delivery of informative and persuasive discourse.

ENG

105

Introduction to Academic Research and Writing

3 Units

In this course, students are introduced to academic research and writing at the university level. Particular attention is paid to responding to university-level writing prompts, defining and identifying academic sources, integrating academic sources in their writing, and defining and practicing academic integrity. Prerequisite: ENG 101.

Arts and Humanities

6 Units

ART

110

Introduction to Art

3 Units

This course introduces students to the visual arts and architecture of various times and cultures with a focus on interpretation and meaning-making, consideration of the role of visual arts in building and responding to culture. Students develop a deeper understanding of the history, forms, and styles of art and architecture with the aim of expanding students’ personal awareness of art and themselves.

ENG

115

Introduction to Literature

3 Units

This course introduces students to the varying genres of literature — fiction, poetry, drama, and cinema — while examining and exploring the historical, critical, and social significance of literary expression. Prerequisite: ENG 105.

OR

PHIL

205

Introduction to Philosophy

3 Units

An introduction to the main areas of philosophy, including epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. The course will introduce students to the major philosophers and their writings. In addition, students will become familiar with worldview-thinking; a conceptual framework from which to examine, understand, and converse on the various topics in philosophy. In particular, students will learn to articulate a comprehensive Christian worldview and communicate their perspectives with clarity and relevancy.

OR

PHIL

210

Introduction to Ethics

3 Units

Principle ethical theories and major thinkers who proposed them. Students examine key ethical systems and compare them to biblical teaching with the goal of articulating a Christian approach to ethics. Students explore a variety of ethical issues and acquire a step-by-step model for moral decision making.

Quantitative Reasoning

3 Units

MATH

105

Survey of College Mathematics

3 Units

MATH 105 is designed for the non-science major. Key areas of focus include financial literacy, numerically-based decision making, growth, scale, consumer applications, probability, and numerical applications. The course applies basic college-level mathematics to real-life problems. Prerequisite: MATH 099 with a grade of C- or better, or SAT 540/ACT 23 math score.

OR

MATH

125

College Algebra

3 Units

This course is primarily a study of functions (linear, quadratic, polynomial, inverse, exponential, and logarithmic) and their graphs. Additional topics include solving equations and inequalities, matrices, and sequences and series. Prerequisite: MATH 099 with a grade of C- or better, or SAT 540/ACT 23 math score.

OR

STAT

280

Applied Statistics

3 Units

Introductory statistics with an emphasis on the application of statistical knowledge. Students learn sampling techniques for data collection, summarize statistical information using numeric values and graphical displays, and analyze and interpret data using appropriate statistical methods. Prerequisite: MATH 099 with a grade of C- or better, or SAT 540/ACT 23 math score.

Behavioral Sciences

3 Units

APSY

105

Introduction to Psychology

3 Units

A broad introduction into the study of the mind and human behavior through the review of multiple perspectives within psychology. Students examine relationships between brain and behavior, perception, cognition, development, social behavior, personality, learning, psychopathology, and psychotherapy.

OR

ECO

203

Principles of Microeconomics

3 Units

This course provides an introduction to concepts and tools of economic analysis for microeconomics. Students study the interactions of firms and consumers: consumer demands, firm costs, price determination under various market structures, and the role of government in a market economy. Prerequisite: MATH 125 or STAT 280.

Physical and Biological Sciences
(Requirement waived for B.S. in Health Sciences, increases general electives.)

4 Units

BIO

230

Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab

4 Units

The structure and function of cells and tissues; anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, nervous, and muscular systems. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components and is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.

OR

BIO

240

Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab

4 Units

Continuation of the study of body systems started in BIO 230 including the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: BIO 230. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components and is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credit.

OR

CHEM

115

Chemistry for the Health Sciences/Lab

4 Units

This course covers organic and biochemistry topics related to the health sciences. Emphasis is placed on organic nomenclature, functional groups, selected organic reactions, and biochemical pathways. Lab activities will focus on the application of organic and biochemistry with respect to the health sciences. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab 1 credits.

OR

PHYS

150

Introduction to Astronomy/Lab

4 Units

The history of astronomy, the solar system, the stellar systems, galactic systems, and cosmology. This course requires basic skills developed in a college algebra environment including solving equations, scientific notation, roots, and exponents. Students uncomfortable with these requirements may wish to complete College Algebra before taking Astronomy. Lecture, 3 credits; Lab, 1 credit.

LAPU Distinctives

9 Units

BIBL

100

Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy

3 Units

This course introduces Old Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary-critical methodologies with a primary focus on the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Students study to observe the overall structure of these books, their historical settings, and modern approaches to their literary analysis. Students study to interpret individual texts within each book and study how Deuteronomy uses the material of Exodus to communicate God’s Word to a new generation.

BIBL

230

Introduction to Biblical Literature: Luke/Acts

3 Units

This course introduces New Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary-critical methodologies with a primary focus on the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Special attention is given to the meaning of the texts with regard to their political, cultural, religious, and geographical settings; the literary structures and genres employed; and how those texts are relevant for faithful Christian living.

MO

101

Momentum: Success in the University*

3 Units

This course lays a strong foundation for a successful transition to college by increasing critical thinking, curiosity, goal orientation, and motivation. It provides an orientation to Los Angeles Pacific University, the Moodle Online Learning System, digital library services, and other support services. Students are introduced to the idea of a Christian liberal arts education, a strengths-based approach to learning and opportunities to develop practical skills and strategies for addressing the challenges of college.
*Must be taken at LAPU

Total Units

31 Units

Liberal Studies Program Requirements

In order to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree, students must complete the following required courses while achieving a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 in their major courses.

General Studies Core

31 Units

View the General Studies Core tab above for more details on the
General Studies course requirements.

31 Units

Major Requirements

42 Units

ART

400

Visual Arts for the Elementary Teacher

3 Units

Examination of visual arts, and its role in an elementary school classroom. Emphasizes the value of a creative expression, and focuses on developing artistic literacy. Candidates learn how to create and respond to the visual arts, and how to integrate the arts into other academic disciplines.

ART

410

Performing Arts for the Elementary Teacher

3 Units

Exploration of the performing arts (including music, drama, and dance) and their importance in elementary school classrooms. The course emphasizes foundational concepts of music, movement, and drama while discussing how to integrate these into any age classroom.

ENG

420

Principles of Language

3 Units

Introduction to the overall nature of language to equip students to be aware of, identify, analyze, and develop strategies for dealing with the linguistic complexities found in a diverse society. The course includes an overview of language acquisition, development, and change, as well as an analysis of the technical aspects and societal impact of language use. Candidates examine morphology, phonology, pragmatics, semantics, and syntax. Prerequisite: ENG 105.

ENG

450

Children's Literature

3 Units

Examination of the purpose, nature, and power of classic and contemporary children’s literature, particularly as it relates to the role literature plays in child development at home and school. Emphases include evaluating and selecting books, responding to literature, analyzing prominent authors and illustrators, and understanding and experiencing the genres of literature, with special attention to multicultural literature. Prerequisite: ENG 105.

HIS

202

World Civilizations

3 Units

This course provides an in-depth analysis of global historical trends which have transformed world civilization, such as the emergence of the world system(s); formation of ethnic, racial, and national identities; capitalism, colonialism, and development; ecological imperialism; religious movements; industrialization; and modernization. Prerequisite: ENG 105.

HIS

420

United States History and the Constitution

3 Units

Exploration of United States history from pre-colonization until the Industrial Revolution. Candidates reflect on the importance of democracy and the Constitution as a lens for understanding democratic principles that serve as the foundation of our political system. Prerequisite: ENG 105. Students cannot earn credit for both HIS 203 and HIS 420.

HIS

440

California History

3 Units

Exploration of the factors contributing to California’s development as a region, including agriculture, immigration, religion, arts, technology, and geography. This course acquaints the student with the major developments of California history from the Native American period, European exploration period, Spanish colonial period, Mexican period, and statehood in the United States to present. Prerequisite: ENG 105.

LIBS

300

Introduction to Elementary Education

3 Units

Study of historical and philosophical foundations of education in America, and how those foundations shape current practices and policies. Students reflect on modern purposes and practices within education, the pathway to becoming a teacher, and what role education fulfills in our society.

LIBS

310

Human Growth and Development for Educators

3 Units

Exploration of human growth and development from the integrated perspectives of psychology, physiology, and sociology. Coursework gives special attention to those areas which impact the classroom including personality, motivation, learning styles, diversity, and physical development. The course utilizes a thematic approach to address the treatment of mental, emotional, social, and physical health practices with an emphasis on issues impacting children and adolescents.

LIBS

510

PE, Health and Safety for Elementary Teachers

3 Units

Exploration of the modern practice of physical education, including a developmental approach to physical activity and its relation to learning. The course introduces movement concepts from locomotor development to a variety of activities and games/sports and focuses on the benefits of physical activity and safe practices as lifelong endeavors. A focus on health and safety practices, as well as ways to adapt instruction to meet a variety of student abilities and needs, enhances content for future teachers. Carries graduate-level credit.

MATH

301

Mathematics for the Elementary Teacher I

3 Units

Changing math standards both at the state and national level, and how math instruction is evolving in the elementary classroom. Instruction will include problem-solving, pattern recognition, critical reasoning, estimation, logic, number theory, properties of sets, operations on real numbers, divisibility, proportions, and percents. This course is the first in a two-part mathematics sequence for prospective elementary school teachers. Prerequisite: MATH 099 with a grade of C- or better, or SAT 540/ACT 23 math score.

MATH

302

Mathematics for the Elementary Teacher II

3 Units

Part two of the mathematics course requirements for students studying to be an elementary school teacher. Standard instruction will include algebraic thinking, use of variables, graphing algebraic equations, geometry, measurement, data analysis, statistics, and probability. MATH PRQ. Prerequisite: MATH 099 with a grade of C- or better, or SAT 540/ACT 23 math score. MATH PRQ.

PHYS

301

Life Science

3 Units

Examination of the fundamental concepts of life science and its applications. Topics include the structure and function of living organisms, ecology, genetics, and evolution. Candidates discuss how a variety of factors (pollution, temperature, resource consumption and conservation) impact life, and apply these theoretical concepts to real-life applications.

PHYS

325

Physical, Earth, and Space Science

3 Units

Examination of the fundamental concepts of the Earth, Space, and Physical Sciences. Topics include the Earth’s structure and composition, atmosphere, and geographical attributes. The Space Science unit includes the study of the solar system and the universe. The Physical Science unit explores the structure and properties of matter, the principles of motion and energy, and how to plan and conduct appropriate scientific investigations using the scientific method.

Electives

47 Units

Students may choose from any 100-400 level course in the LAPU catalog.
Students may also choose a 15-unit Concentration as part of their Electives.
Explore Concentrations

47 Units

Total Units

120 Units

This information is current for this academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

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