Focus Areas & Minors

Liberal Studies Requirement Area E: Focus Area (required for 54-unit majors) or Declared Minor (required for 36-unit majors

Option 1 for Requirement Area E: Focus Area (required for 54-unit majors)

Liberal Studies students who declare the Liberal Studies major without a minor will be required to complete a focus area. The focus area requirement is fulfilled by a set of classes that total 12-15 units, with at least 9 of those units taken at the upper level (coded as 300 or above). The focus area is chosen in consultation with the academic advisor, but it should be multidisciplinary and include the study of a topic, theme, or problem. With guidance from their advisor, each student can ultimately choose from a wide variety of courses to plan a focus area that fits their interests and goals.

As a way to generate ideas, here are some examples of focus area course sets that have worked well for some students:

Example 1) Paralegal Studies (can be completed online)

This focus area can be expanded to become a certificate with minimal additional coursework. More information is available here.

  • POLISCI 240 Law & Society
  • POLISCI 418 Legal Reserach & Writing
  • POLISCI 419 The Judicial Process
  • FNBSLW 341 Business and Commerical Law
  • FNBSLW 443 Labor Law 

Example 2) Web Design & Digital Communication (can be completed online)

  • COMPSCI 180 Data Science for Everyone
  • MAGD 210 Visual Design for Digital Media
  • MAGD 270 Web Development (considered an upper level course)
  • ENG 332 Writing for the Web
  • LIBST 350 Technology and Social Responsibility

Courses used in the focus area can simultaneously fulfill some of the requirements for certificate programs offered on campus. Each college offers several certificate options, and more information about these options can be found at the links below: 

Make sure to discuss your focus area options with your advisor
so that you can work together to identify a set of courses that will fit your interests and goals.

Option 2 for Requirement Area E: Declared Minor (required for 36-unit majors)

With guidance from your advisor, you can choose an approved minor in any department or college. Note; however, that only a select few minors can be completed online. The list of approved minors for majors in the College of Letters & Sciences can be obtained from the L&S Advising Office.


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