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Welcome to Liberal Studies


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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Learn more:

Contact Information

Office: AD 101 (Directions)


Mail: 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego CA 92182-1623



(students should include their Red ID#)


Office hours

Walk-in advising (for students with files):

Tuesday/Wednesday 9-2:30

By appointment (for new students):

Tue/Wed/Thur 9-2:30


Sharon Bendall's office hours

By appointment only. Email to schedule an appointment.



Email the Liberal Studies Program

(include your Red ID #)



Explore SDSU

Please join us on Saturday, March 14th for Explore SDSU. We will be hosting two sessions:


Preparing Future Teachers for the Job Market

11:00am-11:45am, Conrad Prebys Student Union, Park Blvd. Room


Liberal Studies for Elementary and Middle School Teaching

12:00pm-12:45pm, Student Services West 1500


For general information, please visit the Explore SDSU website.

Read about our Summer 2015 program in Spain!


The Daily Aztec recently featured our Granada, Spain program happening this summer. Read about it on The Daily Aztec website.



to Liberal Studies senior Brandon Ishikata for being named the 2015 SDSU Homecoming King.

 photo of Brandon

Read more about Brandon Ishikata.