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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


Email Advising:

Include your Red ID#


Office: AD 101 (Directions)


Mailing address:

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA 92182-1623




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