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Welcome to Liberal Studies



Liberal Studies is the 16th largest major, out of 215, at SDSU with 496 majors for Fall 2015.

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

Vicki Fielden, Academic Advisor

Paul Justice, Academic Advisor


Walk-in advising for students with files:

Tuesday/Wednesday 9-2:30


Advising by appointment for new students only:

Tue/Wed/Thur 9-2:30


The Liberal Studies office will be closed due to new student orientation on the following days:

Tuesday, July 21st

Wednesday, July 29th

Tuesday, August 4th


Email Advising:

Include your Red ID#


Office: AD 101 (Directions)


Mailing address:

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA 92182-1623




Study Abroad Fair


All Liberal Studies students are encouraged to attend the SDSU Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, September 15th from 10:00am-3:00pm on Centennial Walkway.


New Transfers Students for Fall 2015


New transfer students for Fall 2015 can find information regarding how to prepare for their upcoming matriculation by visiting our advising page .



Congratulations to Liberal Studies senior Brigid McMillan for being named the 2015 outstanding grauduate of the Liberal Studies Program.



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

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Read more about Brandon Ishikata.