The Liberal Studies major is required of all students seeking elementary certification (PreK-6) through the College’s approved licensing program. The major consists of a curriculum designed to meet the competencies mandated for teacher licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia and many of the College’s General Education requirements. The program includes a core of required courses and a minor which must be selected by the sophomore year. Students seeking admission to the Liberal Studies major must fulfill all entrance requirements for the teacher preparation program, including submission of passing Praxis I scores. In addition, students must meet the Education Department’s professional studies requirements to be eligible for the degree which requires that students complete the Master of Arts in Teaching (see Education Department listings). Due to the heavy time commitment demanded by this major, students are encouraged to begin the program early in their academic career. This major is open only to those students seeking elementary licensure (PreK-6) and who are prepared to commit to the fifth year MAT program. Liberal Studies majors will be invited to participate in graduation with their class, but will not receive their Bachelor of Arts degree at that time. It will be indicated on the commencement program that they are candidates for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree. At the end of their fifth year, when all MAT requirements are completed, Liberal Studies majors will receive both their Bachelor of Arts degree and their Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
The Liberal Studies Major
(48-53+ semester hours)
BIOL 103 (4) Life Science by Inquiry
ENGL 317 (3) History of the English Language
ENVR 143 (4) Physical Geography: Landscapes
GOVT 159 (3) Introduction to American Government
HIST 135 (3) America, Origins to 1877
HIST 136 (3) The United States, 1877 to the Present
MATH 211 (3) Fundamental Mathematics I
MATH 213 (3) Fundamental Mathematics II
PHYS 103 (4) Physical Science by Inquiry
PSYC 201 (3) Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Childhood
INTD 452 (3) Senior Seminar for Liberal Studies
Choose 1 of the following:
HIST 103 (3) Introduction to History: Intoxication and Addiction in America
HIST 104 (3) Introduction to History: Medieval Heroes: Myth or History
HIST 105 (3) Introduction to History: Doing Sweet Briar History
HIST 107 (3) Introduction to History: Stalin and Hitler
Majors will complete a minor (or a second major) which must include at least one three-credit course at the 200-level or above, and at least two three-credit courses at the 300-level or above.
In addition to the completion of the Liberal Studies major requirements, students seeking elementary licensure must also complete the required Professional Studies and Field Experience courses listed under the Education Department.