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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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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 #)


Become an SDSU Ambassador

SDSU Ambassadors are holding informatiom sessions on 1/22, 1/26, 1/28 and 1/30. Being an Ambassador is a great way to get involved at SDSU. Visit their website for more information.


Semester Length Study Abroad Workshop

The Liberal Studies program will conduct a workshop for Liberal Studies majors who are considering studying abroad for a semester. The workshop will be held on Friday, January 23rd from 11:30am-1:00pm in SSW 2522. Click on this link for a flyer.


Study Abroad Scholarship Workshop

The Liberal Studies program will conduct a study abroad scholarship workshop on Friday, January 30th from 1:00-2:30pm in Love Library 430. Come and learn how to improve your chances of earning scholarship money to fund your internationl experience.



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

 photo of Brandon

Read more about Brandon Ishikata.