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Department of Liberal Studies

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Nov. 20 (Mon) 9:00AM-12:00PM & 1:00-5:00PM

Nov. 21 (Tue) 9:00AM-12:00PM & 1:00-5:00PM

Nov. 22 (Wed)  9:00AM-12:00PM & 1:00-5:00PM

Nov. 23 (Thu) CLOSED - Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 24 (Fri) CLOSED

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Welcome to Liberal Studies!

Welcome to our Department. The Liberal Studies Department is home to students in three undergraduate program pathways: a B.A. in Liberal Studies under the BA Pathway, or one of our Integrated Teacher Education Programs (ITEP) with the Multiple Subject Credential, or the Urban Dual Credential Program (UDCP) including an Education Specialist Credential as well. Students in these programs can also earn a Bilingual Authorization alongside, if desired. Information on these program pathways within Liberal Studies is located throughout our website.

We pride ourselves on offering rigorous coursework with committed faculty, early clinical experiences in local elementary and middle schools, and hands-on advising that begins even before you arrive to campus. We have many pathways through our program, from B.A to Credentialing, and we invite you to explore them with us!

You are welcome here and we encourage you to get involved. The Liberal Studies Student Association (LSSA) meets several times per semester and is a great place to meet and socialize with peers. The College of Education Student Association (COESA) is open to Liberal Studies students as well as well as other students in the college's many graduate programs. Aside from student organizations, the Department hosts events for our students, including our Annual "Back-To-School" Events for incoming students and their families, as well as our annual Graduation Celebration on the day of the Commencement Ceremony on campus.

We welcome you to explore our program, as well as these amazing opportunities for future educators.

Go Beach! Go Teach!

Jessica Zacher Pandya

Liberal Studies Department Chair

The Liberal Studies Program

The Liberal Studies major provides a rich, rigorous cross-disciplinary liberal arts program of study. There are two primary program pathways in the major: 1) The Liberal Studies Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) (135 units) is for students intending to become teachers who wish to combine subject matter preparation for elementary teaching with coursework leading to a California Teaching Credential in addition to the B.A, and 2) The Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts (BA) (120 units) is for students who seek subject matter preparation for elementary teaching as preparation for a post-baccalaureate credential program to be completed separately from the bachelor’s degree.

For more information about these pathways, refer to our Program Requirements page.

For a listing of the program in the Catalog, refer to our University Catalog page.




last updated — Nov 20, 2017