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

This course offers practical instruction on how to speak effectively and introduces the basic principles underlying effective communication. Topics range from the study of theoretical models of interpersonal and 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

This course promotes the intellectual and rhetorical skills necessary to write persuasive and argumentative prose. Specific areas addressed to include logic, grammar, and rhetoric. Clarity of purpose and perspicuity of argument are examined through attention to critical thinking, logical fallacies, and textual analysis. Prerequisite: ENG 101

Arts and Humanities

6 Units

ART

110

Introduction to Art

3 Units

This combination lecture/studio course introduces learners to fine art history and processes. Learners develop a deeper understanding of the history, forms, and styles of architecture, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The studio experiences expand learners’ personal awareness of art and themselves.

ENG

115

Introduction to Literature

3 Units

This course introduces learners 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 learners to the major philosophers and their writings. In addition, learners will become familiar with worldview-thinking; a conceptual framework from which to examine, understand, and converse on the various topics in philosophy. In particular, learners 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.

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.

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.

Behavioral Sciences

3 Units

APSY

105

Introduction to Psychology

3 Units

An introduction to the scientific study of human nature, reviewing multiple perspectives of psychological thought surrounding the relationship between the brain and behavior, perception, learning and cognition, development, social behavior, personality, and 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. Learners 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.

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

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

OR

BIO

240

Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab

4 Units

This course is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. This course covers the continuation of body systems started in Anatomy and Physiology I and includes the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: BIO 230 Anatomy and Physiology I

OR

CHEM

115

Chemistry for the Health Sciences/Lab

4 Units

Lecture, 3 units; Lab, 1 unit 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.

OR

PHYS

150

Introduction to Astronomy/Lab

4 Units

Lecture, 3 units; Lab, 1 unit This course introduces 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, exponents and unit conversions. Students uncomfortable with these requirements may wish to complete College Algebra before taking Astronomy.

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. Learners study to observe the overall structure of these books, their historical settings, and modern approaches to their literary analysis. Learners 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 LAP, the Moodle Online Learning System, digital library services, and other support services. Learners are introduced to the idea of a Christian liberal arts education, strengths approach 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

Core Courses

42 Units

ART

400

Visual Arts for the Elementary Teacher

3 Units

ART

410

Performing Arts for the Elementary Teacher

3 Units

ENG

420

Principles of Language

3 Units

ENG

450

Children's Literature

3 Units

HIS

202

World Civilizations

3 Units

HIS

420

United States History and the Constitution

3 Units

HIS

440

California History

3 Units

LIBS

300

Introduction to Elementary Education

3 Units

LIBS

310

Human Growth and Development for Educators

3 Units

LIBS

510

PE, Health and Safety for Elementary Teachers

3 Units

MATH

301

Mathematics for the Elementary Teacher I

3 Units

MATH

302

Mathematics for the Elementary Teacher II

3 Units

PHYS

301

Life Science

3 Units

PHYS

325

Physical, Earth, and Space Science

3 Units

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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