Liberal Studies Program

Liberal Studies Program

College of Education Building, Room 114
(909) 537-5857 Liberal Studies website

Coordinator: Katherine Thomerson

Liberal Studies Peer Advising Center (PALS)

College of Education Building, Room 114
(909) 537-5482

Bachelor of Arts

  • Liberal Studies - General Track
  • Liberal Studies - Arts and Letters Track
  • Liberal Studies - Integrated Track
  • Liberal Studies - Spanish Studies Track

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is a multidisciplinary degree program designed for students whose needs or interests require a more broadly based liberal arts curriculum than is possible through existing disciplines.

Most students pursuing this major intend to become teachers in K-8 classrooms and the Liberal Studies major program provides all the subject matter content required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

The Liberal Studies Integrated Track leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies AND Multiple Subject Credential. It is designed for students who plan to become elementary, K-8, school teachers AND who want to save time (about 2 quarters or 27 units) by working on the credential along with their B.A. degree.

The General and Spanish Studies baccalaureate degree programs prepare students to enter the Multiple Subject (Elementary School) teaching credential, generally during a fifth year of post-graduate study in the College of Education.

An Arts and Letters Track is available for those seeking a well-rounded and unspecialized undergraduate major but who do not plan to become teachers. This program is useful for careers requiring a broad educational background and strong communication, computer, research, and critical thinking skills. A choice of interdisciplinary concentrations is available in this track and a Minor is also required as well.

Departmental Honors

The Liberal Studies student will be eligible for departmental honors upon verification of the following three requirements:

  1. Earned a 3.5 grade point average in the major;
  2. Completed at least 45 units of Liberal Studies courses at this university;
  3. Successful completion of oral and written honors evaluations.