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Welcome to Liberal Studies



Liberal Studies is the 15th largest major, out of 100.

SDSU’s Liberal Studies major is designed for future elementary and middle school teachers. 

The Liberal Studies major prepares students to pursue a regular multiple subjects credential or other credential possibilities.  These possibilities include special education, a multiple subjects credential in bilingual education, and various middle school authorizations or credentials.

Coursework in the Liberal Studies major aligns with California’s education standards.  The courses are excellent preparation for the multiple subjects CSET exam, which is required for admission to California’s elementary education credential programs. Courses also provide multiple opportunities for students to gain field experience in various settings.

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Contact Information

Sharon Bendall, Director

Patricia Cardozo, Assistant Director

Vicki Fielden, Academic Advisor


May 2016 walk-in advising for students with files:

Tuesday, May 10th: 9-2:30 in AD 101

Wednesday, May 11th: 9-2:30 in AD 101

Tuesday, May 17th: NO ADVISING

Wednesday, May 18th: NO ADVISING

Thursday, May 19th: 9-2:30 in EBA 259

Tuesday, May 24th: 9-2:30 in EBA 259

Wednesday, May 25th: 9-2:30 in EBA 259

Tuesday, May 31st: 9-2:30 in EBA 259


Email Advising:

Include your Red ID#


Office: AD 101 (Directions) until May 13th

Office: EBA 259 starting May 16th


Mailing address:

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA 92182-1100




National Scholarships and Fellowships Website


Students interested in applying for national scholarships and fellowships can visit the national scholarships and fellowships website to learn how to aply.



Congratulations to Liberal Studies senior Caitlyn Roth for being named the 2016 outstanding grauduate of the Liberal Studies Program.