Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Well Prepared For Success

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree completion program at California Baptist University prepares students for a wide range of callings, including the call to teach. Providing a well-rounded, multi-disciplinary foundation that reflects today’s multicultural society, the B.A. in Liberal Studies degree-completion program competitively positions students to transition into careers as a multi-subject elementary school educators, or enter a new careers in a range of rewarding fields.

Mitch Hovey, Ed.D.
Mitch Hovey, Ed.D., Faculty Lead

Interdisciplinary Degree

Designed for the working adult, the B.A. in Liberal Studies degree completion program offers an accelerated format that combines multiple academic disciplines for a comprehensive education. For those seeking to become multiple subject teachers, this interdisciplinary curriculum exposes students to a range of teaching styles and diversity issues prevalent in today’s multicultural classrooms. Students see the intersection between different fields of study, while developing critical thinking, communication, analytical and other skill sets highly valued by today’s leading employers.

Choose From a Range of Concentrations

CBU's LBS degree completion program offers students the opportunity to tailor to education to best match their personal and profession interests. Currently offered concentrations include:

  • English
  • Human Development
  • Kinesiology
  • Social Science

Building Strong Relationships

The Bonnie G. Metcalf School of Education and its outstanding faculty have earned an excellent reputation among school districts and other employers across the region and beyond. Students benefit from the strong relationships the program has built with schools and educators, leading to high placement rates and priority placement for CBU student teachers and alumni. While building relationships with employers, students also build lasting relationships with mentoring faculty dedicated to student success.

Early Classroom Experience

The B.A. in Liberal Studies degree-completion program from CBU offers students the unique opportunity to observe and gain experience inside a working classroom, soon after starting the program. Early exposure to the classroom environment allows students to confirm their career choice and link education theory with classroom practice. This early introduction to fieldwork results in better prepared teachers ready to face the challenges and rewards of teaching.

Developing Exceptional Qualities

Consistent with CBU’s faith-based mission, the the B.A. in Liberal Studies degree-completion program integrates relevant Christian content into the curriculum. Drawing from key Christian tenants, courses emphasize patience, understanding, and cooperation in the classroom and workplace — developing compassionate, virtuous and effective teachers and professionals who truly make a difference.

Finish What You Started

If you’re ready to reach your academic, professional and personal goals, the B.A. in Liberal Studies degree-completion program is ready to help. Attend the next information session to learn more about the B.A. in Liberal Studies major.

What are CBU's admissions requirements?
  • 24 transferrable units preferred
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Speak with an Admissions Counselor to discuss options at 951.343.3900 or cbuonline@calbaptist.edu
How much will my education at CBU cost?
  • Approximately 50 units to graduate depending on transferred units
  • Costs vary depending on the number of units transferred
  • Per unit cost is $495
How can I afford to go to CBU?
  • Financial assistance is available
  • The first step is to fill-out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • CBU’s FAFSA School Code: 001125
Contact Admissions

Phone: 951.343.3900
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu


Program Requirements

Students must select at least one area of concentration within the major. The Liberal Studies, Degree Completion Program does not meet Elementary Subject Matter Competence. The Elementary Subject Matter Program is specifically designed to prepare students for the CSET and to meet the demands for teaching in a multiple subject classroom. Candidates for the Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential must pass CSET or an approved state exam.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Major Program (50 units)

Prerequisites to Program

Composition
Intermediate Composition

Lower Division Requirements: Complete one (3) unit course from the following:

Integrated Humanities I
Integrated Humanities II

Upper Division Requirements (21 units)

Oral Interpretation/Reader’s Theatre
American Public Schools
Growth,Development and Learning
Language Structure and Acquisition
Minorities in America
History of California
Capstone Portfolio
World Geography

Additional Upper Division Requirements: Complete one (3) unit course from the following:

Children's Literature
Young Adult Literature

Additional Upper Division Requirements: Complete one (3) unit course from the following:

Educational Computing - Level I
Contemporary Health Issues
Movement Experiences for Children

Additional Program Requirements (7 units)

Overview of the Bible
Upper Division Christian Studies

Concentration Courses (12 units)
Students must complete one of the following concentrations: English; Human Development/Early Childhood; Social Science

English

Topics inWorld Literature
Multicultural Literature
Seventeenth Century British Literature OR ENG 343 OR ENG 345
Shakespeare

Human Development/Early Childhood

Cognitive Development
Perceptual-Motor Development
Social and Emotional Development
The Exceptional Child

Kinesiology
Complete twelve (12) units from the following:

Contemporary Health Issues*
Lifelong Motor Development
Movement Experiences for Children*
Diversity in Sport and Physical Activity
Behavioral Aspects of Sport

Social Science

Latin American History
Non-Western Culture and History
Diplomatic History of the US
 
Three (3) additional upper division units in POL or HIS

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $14,403   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Tuition Reimbursement and Loan Recipient

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Employer Tuition Reimbursement**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 9 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$14,403   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$14,403   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $9,777   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Scholarship and Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Scholarship and Loan Recipient

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$2,500   Disablity Scholarship**

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 6 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$9,777   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$9,777   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes graduate level)

Financial Aid Assistance Scenarios

Scenario 1 – Veteran’s Benefit Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Veteran’s Benefits – Post 9/11 GI Bill &
CBU Yellow Ribbon Program

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)
- $18,885   GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Benefits
$0

Scenario 2 – Grant and Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Pell, Cal Grant & Stafford Loan Recipient

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$5,645   Pell Grant (maximum estimate)**
$9,084   Cal Grant A (maximum estimate)**
$5,500   Stafford Loan***

Scenario 3 – Loan Recipient
Full Time 12 units: fall, spring, summer
Stafford Loan Recipient-Subsidized and Unsubsidized

$18,885   Cost Estimate Per Year* (Tuition/Fees)

Financial Aid Assistance Options
$18,750   Subsidized & Unsubsidized Stafford Loan***
Examples Only: Assumes Eligibility by filing a FAFSA and meeting all eligibility criteria

* tuition costs based on cost per unit
** must be eligible to qualify
*** based on eligibility (assumes Independent Student, Junior grade level)

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