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Department of Liberal Studies

Academic Advising

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Room EED-67
Phone: 562-985-1105

Walk-In Advising Hours

WEEK OF: May 22 - May 26 (Hours Subject to Change)

Week of Commencement (05/23-05/26), there will be no appointments and only walk-in advising as the campus is incredibly busy. Tuesday, May 23 is the College of Education Commencement Day and all staff will be involved with coordination and events. We appreciate your understanding during this busy and celebratory week.

May 22 (Mon) 9:30AM-4:30PM

May 23 (Tues) No Walk-ins; CED Graduation

May 24 (Wed)  9:00AM - 4:30PM

May 25 (Thur) 9:00AM-4:30PM

May 26 (Fri) 9:00AM-12:00PM / 1:00PM-4:30PM

Liberal Studies Graduation Celebration for Spring 2017 

Graduating Seniors, as well as their families and friends, are invited to attend our Annual Liberal Studies Graduation Celebration on Commencement Day from 2:00PM-4:00PM for the College of Education. 

Be sure to RSVP for the Celebration if you plan to attend.

Welcome to Liberal Studies!

Welcome to our Department. The Liberal Studies Department is home to undergraduate students in three programs: a B.A. in Liberal Studies, our Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP), and our Urban Dual Credential Program (UDCP). Students in the ITEP and UDCP programs can earn a Bilingual Authorization as well, alongside. Information on these three programs is below. 

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 other students in the college's many graduate programs. And the College of Educations' two Associated Students Inc. (ASI) Senators are Liberal Studies majors, representing and supporting the program and cause. Aside from student organizations, the Department hosts an Annual "Back-To-School Picnic" for incoming and returning students and their families, as well as an 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

Liberal Studies Major

The Liberal Studies major provides a rich, rigorous, cross-disciplinary liberal arts program of study.

Application/Admissions Process »

University Catalog Listing for Liberal Studies

Those interested in applying to, or declaring their major as Liberal Studies are encouraged to visit an advisor for walk-in advising.

Two program options are available:

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, BA

120 Units

The Liberal Studies BA is our traditional teacher education program where students complete their Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. After completion of their B.A, they may continue their education as a post-bac student and complete a teaching credential at CSULB or at another university.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, ITEP

135 Units

The Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) combines the study of academic subject matter for elementary school teaching with professional preparation and student teaching. Successful completion of the traditional ITEP pathway includes both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Another option in ITEP includes the Urban Dual Credential Program option (UDCP), where students may complete a Bachelor of Arts degree, Multiple Subject Credential, and Education Specialist Credential in a structured cohort model. This program follows standards established by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


last updated — May 22, 2017