Upper Division Coursework

Options for a Bachelor’s Degree from the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies include: Track I, the General Liberal Studies Major plan; Track II, the Subject Matter Preparation (pre-credential) plan; and Track III, the Blended Program/B.A. plus Multiple Subject Credential.

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Those students wishing for a broad interdisciplinary major as a foundation for their career choice (e.g. the arts, the law, public service, etc.), or who are motivated by intellectual curiosity and wish to pursue an individualized study plan, often choose the Interdisciplinary Studies track. Students in Track I may organize an area of emphasis within the 40 units required for the major which reflects their career plans and/or intellectual interests. Track I students may also engage in artistic and creative activities, research and scholarly investigations, Hutchins community projects, social and community action opportunities, or gather together a variety of experiences they find intellectually satisfying.

Track I students may also use up to 9 units from other majors or 12 units from an approved Study Abroad program as part of their emphasis in the Hutchins Major. Track I students are often encouraged to consider doing a Minor in another field. Students majoring in the Interdisciplinary Studies track will complete additional units for the major by choosing from a wide variety of Liberal Studies courses which include elective seminars, workshops, independent and directed studies, internships, and Study Abroad opportunities.

To see a sample four-year plan for a B.A. in Liberal Studies through Track I, please refer to the Academic Programs section of the Sonoma State University Catalog.

The Hutchins School offers a state-approved subject matter preparation program for students intending to earn a California Elementary Teaching Credential. The B.A. Pre-Credential option ensures interdisciplinary subject matter proficiency as well as possession of the high-level analytic, synthetic, creative, and expressive academic skills required of future educators.

Coursework is carefully planned to meet state-mandated content standards for prospective elementary teachers and provides excellent preparation for the CSET exam, as well as for admission to a professional teacher training program. In addition to general Hutchins School courses, students will be required to take the courses listed below as part of their major. Upper-Division GE requirements can be met through the completion of the Multiple Subject Program, which includes concentration in a specific subject, such as Human Development, Reading and Literature, and Social Science.

Required Courses:
LIBS 312:
Schools and Society (3 units)
LIBS 327: Literacy, Language, and Pedagogy or ENG 379: English Language (3-4 units)
LIBS 330: The Child in Question (3 units)
MATH 300A: Elementary Number Systems (3 units)
MATH 300B: Probability and Statistics (3 units)

To see a sample four-year plan for a B.A. in Liberal Studies through Track II, please refer to the Academic Programs section of the Sonoma State University Catalog.

The Blended Program incorporates the Lower-division Hutchins General Education program and the basic coursework for Track II with courses from the School of Education beginning in a student's Junior year, allowing students to complete a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential simultaneously. Due to the high volume of classes that must be completed in this Track, Students must begin this track in the first semester of their Freshman year. Transfer students may explore Track II as another option for future educators.

A unique feature of the Blended Program are two Lower-Division seminars (EDMS 100 and EDMS 200) that are taught by faculty from the School of Education and involve student observation in the classroom beginning in the first semester of the students' Freshman year. The curriculum is carefully designed to help students articulate connections between the academic curriculum in the general education program and their own professional goals.

Admission to the Hutchins Blended Program requires a supplemental application submitted directly to the Hutchins Department. Please visit our Student Forms section to download the Track III/Blended Program Application packet.

To see a sample four-year plan for a B.A. in Liberal Studies through Track III, please refer to the Academic Programs section of the Sonoma State University Catalog.

The core seminars are a key element of the curriculum in the Hutchins Major. Core areas are designed to ensure that the intensive learning experience provided in the small seminar format is spread across the disciplinary spectrum, although all core courses offer an interdisciplinary perspective on a particular theme.

CORE A - SOCIETY AND SELF: Courses under this core area focus on the relationship between individual human societies. The moral and ethical underpinnings of our patterns of social interaction are investigated, with special attention paid to how these patterns effect race, gender, and class relations. Of particular importance are questions concerning whether the goals of human dignity, political justice, economic opportunity, and cultural expression are being enhanced or destroyed by specific historical developments, cultural practices, economic arrangements, and political institutions.
Examples of seminars in Core A: Postmodernism, Quest for Democracy, Conspiracy Theories
Prerequisite: LIBS 302 prior/concurrently or LIBS 202 prior

CORE B - THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE MATERIAL WORLD: Included in this core area are courses that deal with science and technology, and their relationship to the individual and society. Students build upon their understanding of the sciences and come to grips with some of the crucial issues posed by our culture’s applications of science and technology. Students write on topics which address scientific aspects of social issues, the contribution science makes to understanding issues of personal concern, and science as a social endeavor.
Examples of seminars in Core B: Health and Healing, Machine as Metaphor, Global Food Web
Prerequisite: LIBS 302 prior/concurrently or LIBS 202 prior

CORE C - THE ARTS AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE: Through the arts and humanities we explore what and why humans create. Courses focus on the broad range of experiences in novels, poetry, drama and other literary forms—visual arts, languages, architecture, music, dance, philosophy, and the thought and literature of the world’s religions. Study in the arts and humanities explores the inner world of creativity and individual values, as well as the questions about how we arrive at a sense of meaning and purpose, ethical behavior, and a sense of beauty and order in the world.
Examples of seminars in Core C: Earth Art, African Art, Countercultures
Prerequisite: LIBS 302 prior/concurrently or LIBS 202 prior

CORE D - CONCIOUSNESS AND REALITY: Courses in this core area deal with such issues as the study of biology as it relates to psychology, consciousness and perceptions of reality, meaning-making as a necessary human achievement, and identity formation as it is understood in the light of developmental psychology.
Examples of seminars in Core D: Madness and Civilization, Death and Dying, Personal Geographies
Prerequisite: LIBS 302 prior/concurrently or LIBS 202 prior