Designed for students who are interested in interdisciplinary studies, the Humanities major features the following Concentrations:
- Concentration in American Studies
- Concentration in East Asian Studies
- Concentration in European Studies
- Concentration in Liberal Arts
- Concentration in Religious Studies
- Concentration in Middle East Studies
A special feature of the major is its flexibility. While the concentrations represent coherent programs, they also offer considerable choice within the numerous electives that allow students to develop individual programs of study to suit their own interests and needs.
Devised to provide students with a liberal education through heightened awareness, broad knowledge, and critical thinking, the Humanities major prepares students for many professional programs and occupations, such as law, librarianship, social work, communications, teaching, public service and public relations.
B.A. Liberal Studies, Preparation for Teaching
Tamara Goldie, Advisor
Clark Hall 419-C
Phone: 408/924-4463 (Department Office)
Liberal Studies Website
For students planning to apply to a multiple subject credential program to become an elementary or middle school teacher, the following course work was designed to meet the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) requirements for diversified subject matter preparation and San Jose State University requirements for a B.A. Liberal Studies.
Minimum grade point average (GPA) criteria may be required for verification of subject matter competency. Completion of the program will not guarantee admission to the credential program.
Like all other applicants, students must meet credential program standards and undergo screening for admission.
B.A. Creative Arts
Creative Arts Program
Shannon Rose Riley
Clark Hall 419-A
Phone: (408) 924-4481
Fax: (408) 924-4576
The interdepartmental Creative Arts Program offers a major for students interested in making connections between the arts and in studying the creative process.
The program integrates and compares visual arts, performing arts, (music, dance, drama, film, broadcast media, performing arts) and literature (including electronic interactive forms). Creative Arts Program courses are interdisciplinary and provide opportunities for both creative and critical work.
The CA major is designed to provide a breadth of knowledge and depth of understanding of the arts which prepare students for a wide variety of professional programs and careers.
The Program provides great flexibility and individualized advising and is selected by students with diverse career interests: performing arts, creative writing, cultural journalism, arts administration, teaching, etc.
Preparation for Teaching
The Creative Arts Diversified B.A. is a major fully approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to meet all of the requirements for a generic "liberal studies" program for aspiring K-8 teachers.
The Creative Arts major, however, is outstanding among approved California programs for its emphasis on the Arts; we expect our graduates to enter today's culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms with the ability to approach all subjects through the arts.
The Diversified B.A. waives passage of the MSAT exam, otherwise required at entrance to a credential program. On the other hand, passage of the MSAT waives the requirements that students take specific General Education and Supporting Courses.
If you wish to teach at the High School level, you will need to complete a Secondary (not Multiple Subject) Credential. In that case, your undergraduate degree should be in a program prerequisite to the Secondary Credential Program--such as Art Education, Music Education, or English.