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Liberal Studies
SDSU Liberal Studies

About the Focus

On this page: Learn about the literacy, math, and science focus areas. 


Choose a Focus

Liberal Studies majors complete core coursework, and then choose to specialize in a focus area: literacy, mathematics, or science. All Liberal Studies students complete a focus and then (except for education generalists) they also complete an option within the focus. Note that a minor or second major may not be substituted for a focus.

Literacy Focus

Students who choose the Literacy Focus will gain extra knowledge in linguistics, literature and theater arts. These students will be able to obtain a multiple subject credential to teach elementary school. When students apply for a credential at the end of their credential program, they will also be able to apply for an authorization to teach English in middle school.

Mathematics Focus

Students who choose the Math Focus will gain extra knowledge in statistics, algebra, proofs, and problem-solving. These students will be able to obtain a multiple subject credential to teach elementary school. The math focus also provides pathways to middle school math teaching. Because certified math teachers are in demand, a math focus may give new teachers a hiring advantage.

Science Focus

Students who choose the Science Focus will gain extra knowledge in earth, life and physical science. These students will be able to obtain a multiple subject credential to teach elementary school. The Science Focus also provides pathways to middle school science teaching. Because certified science teachers are in demand, a Science Focus may give new teachers a hiring advantage.

Choice of Content Focus Form

When you decide upon a focus, you must complete and submit a Choice of Content Focus form. Note that you may change your mind later, but that you must submit a new form.

Requirements of your Focus

Be sure to follow the specific requirements of your particular focus, whether you are a Literacy Focus within the Elementary Education Emphasis or a Math Focus within the Education Generalist Emphasis, etc.

Elementary Education Emphasis:

Education Generalist Emphasis:

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