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Liberal Studies

The major for future elementary school teachers.

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The Liberal Studies major is designed for future teachers, primarily at the elementary level, but also at the middle school level. Additionally, Liberal Studies prepares students to enter credential programs in Special Education and Bilingual Education (multiple subjects). The course work in the Liberal Studies major closely matches the State of California’s standards for elementary education and serves as excellent preparation for the state-mandated CSET exam, which is required for admission to a credential program in California. The major also provides multiple opportunities for students to gain experience in the field in a variety of settings. At SDSU, Liberal Studies is the major for future teachers.

To view an eight minute informational podcast about the Liberal Studies major, please click on this link to a Youtube movie.

To see what our graduates are saying about our program, click on this link.

WELCOME, Sharon Bendall, the new Liberal Studies Program coordinator. The Liberal Studies Program looks forward to working with Prof. Bendall for many years to come.


Looking for registration updates? Visit our Registration Updates page for details.

Current Office Hours

  • Walk-in advising Tues. 9:00 to 2:30 [for students with existing files]
  • Walk-in advising Wed. 9:00 to 2:30 [for students with existing files]
  • By appointment only Thurs. 9:00 to 2:30 [initial visit only]
  • See Advising for more on the advising process
  • Please note: our office is not open on Mondays or Fridays

Sharon Bendall's Office Hours:

Upcoming Events and other Announcements

  • Mexicali Program in January and Summer in Granada, Spain
    Students interested in the Liberal Studies in Mexicali program in January 2015 or the Liberal Studies in Spain (formerly England) program in Summer 2015 can visit Aztecs Abroad and sign up on the program's interest list to be kept abreast of all program developments.

  • New study abroad opportunities in Spain and Finland!!
    We're pleased to announce the creation of new study abroad programs designed specifically with Liberal Studies students in mind. To learn more, visit our study abroad page. and find more detailed descriptions by visiting Aztecs Abroad and searching for "Liberal Studies". Also, mark your calendars and attend the next Liberal Studies study abroad information session on:
    +Friday, November 7 from 1:00-2:30pm in EBA 439

  • Credential program group advising
    SDSU's College of Education holds periodic group advising sessions for their credenital programs. Details are available on their website.

  • Next Liberal Studies Orientation
    Effective October 2011, all orientations for students who would like to declare Liberal Studies as their new major will be online. Students will be required to view a podcast about the major and then take an online quiz through Blackboard. The online orientation is now available. Students interested in "attending" the online orientation should email the program to request access to the Blackboard site that houses the orientation (please include your name and red ID). In the meantime, interested students should visit our course sequence page to get a sense for the major's requirements. Also, please visit our orientation page to get a sense for what will be covered in the orientation.

  • LS 498 meeting days/times for Fall 2014
    Class and workshop meeting dates/times for the Fall 2014 term are now posted. Visit our registration updates page for the latest information.

  • SDSU's College of Education now offers online group advising. Visit our advising page for more information, or go straight to the College of Ed's website. In person sessions are also offered.

  • For updates and information regarding clubs and organizations, and scholarships, please visit the organizations page

  • To learn about new scholarship opportunites, including study abroad scholarships, visit our scholarships page.

  • SDSU's Student California Teachers Association holds regular meetings that our students are encouraged to attend. To see more details, visit our organizations page.

  • The SDSU Writing Center has moved to LLA 1103. Students looking for help with their writing should visit them in person and/or visit their website.

  • DUS Learning Lounge: Did you know that Liberal Studies students have access to the DUS Student Learning Lounge just upstairs from the LS office in AD 201? It has, among other things, a computer lab that operates in the same way as the lab in the library. The Fall 2014 hours are:
    Monday-Thursday: 9:30am-4:30pm
    Friday: 9:30am-4:00pm