Liberal Studies (ASPIRE)

Critical thinking, writing and communication skills are essential to success in any field or endeavor. ASPIRE's Liberal Studies major is designed to teach you those skills, along with offering you a broad education in the various areas of human endeavor and knowledge. While a Liberal Studies degree is practical if you plan to undertake a general exploration and understanding of various fields of study, it's also ideal if you wish to earn your teaching credential.

ASPIRE's unique class structure is designed to accommodate your busy schedule. Take one class at a time-- one night a week for five weeks--and build on the knowledge gained in each class. It's a process that optimizes learning, leading to greater assimilation and stronger retention of the knowledge and tools you need to compete in the marketplace.

  • Foundations of Communication

    Examines the communication processes in interpersonal and small group settings. The course focuses on small group dynamics, social and personal development and problem solving.

  • Foundational Math

    Develops student's skills in algebra and functions, and reviews number sense, measurement, geometry, statistics, data analysis, and probability. This course has a pre-test that identifies areas for required personal independent study.

  • Language Development and Communication

    Concentrates on the components of reading literacy, language development and its use in oral and written expression, non-written and written composition, conventions of language, language structure and linguistics, language acquisition and language literacy.

  • World History

    A general historical survey of the development of the major world civilizations from their roots in the ancient river valleys of Mesopotamia, Egypt, India and China to the present day. Political, social, economic and geographical factors will be discussed, including special emphases upon intellectual and religious influences.

  • Introduction to the Bible

    The area of study in this field is limited to current California practices. Topics in this course include assessing human resource needs, job analysis, recruitment and selection, orientation and training, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits, safety and health, career development, labor relations and government regulation.

  • American and World Literature

    Examines the genres of expository and narrative text in American and world literature.

  • California and U.S. History

    Emphasizes critical thinking in the examination of the major areas of U.S. and California history, geography, political science (government), the behavioral sciences (anthropology and sociology), economics, and global geography. This course meets the requirements of the U.S. Constitution for teacher credentialing.

  • Christianity and World Religion

    An introduction to the history and central beliefs of Christianity and other world religions with emphasis on the ethical implications of each religion for modern society and understanding divergent worldviews.

  • Life Science

    Focuses on the structure of living organisms and their functions (physiology and cell biology), living and nonliving components in environments (ecology), and life cycles and reproduction (genetics). Students develop knowledge in these three skills: explanation and application of concepts; process skills, such as interpreting a stimulus, ordering and categorizing material, and relating, inferring, or applying information found in various stimuli; and designing an experiment or investigating information necessary to explain an experiment.

  • Earth and Physical Science

    Focuses on concepts, principles, interrelationships and properties of matter, motion and energy, the solar system (astronomy), composition of the earth (geology),  earth's atmosphere (meteorology) and earth's water (oceanography). Students develop knowledge in the explanation and application of concepts and process skills (such as interpreting a stimulus, ordering and categorizing material, and relating, inferring, or applying information found in various stimuli).They also learn about designing experiments and investigating information necessary to explain an experiment.

  • Fine Arts in Western Culture

    Examines the visual arts, dance, music, and drama in historical and comparative contexts from early Greek times to the present.

  • Human Development

    Examines the physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and social growth and maturation from birth through adolescence.  Students examine the psychological and social influences on development, health and physical fitness.

A Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies will prepare you for careers in a variety of fields, including:

K-12 Teaching

Alternative Schools

Rehabilitation Centers

Vocational Schools

Technical Schools


Recreational Centers

Public Information Offices

Educational Affairs

Group/Regional Management


Community Affairs

Community Relations

Intercultural Communication

Overseas Language Centers

Adult Education Centers

Overseas Schools

Military Bases

Public Schools

Private Schools


Event Coordination

Fundraising

Public Relations

Management Supervising


Media Relations

Patient Advocacy

Specialist Research

Sales Management