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Welcome to Liberal Studies



Liberal Studies is the 15th largest major at SDSU!

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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-Congratulations to Amanda Sherman for being the 2017 Outstanding Graduate for Liberal Studies. She was honored at the Liberal Studies Commencement. 

-Congratulations to the following Liberal Studies seniors who received awards at the Liberal Studies Inaugural Graduation Reception: Mikayla Lacebal (Outstanding Leadership), Amanda Keller (Outstanding Contributions), Virginia Ramirez (Inspiration Award), Kiara Walker (Determination Award - Traditional Student), and Danielle Bost (Determination Award - Transfer Student).

Fall 2017 - LS 498 (only open to Seniors)

Meets 4:30-6:00 pm on Wednesday - Check the LS website and Blackboard for announcements. Room and specific dates to be announced in mid-August. 

Notes About LS Courses:

-NSCI 100 is only offered in the spring semester. 

-MATH 413 is only offered in the spring semester.

News from LS Leadership:

-Welcome to Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan. She is the new Coordinator for Liberal Studies. 

-Welcome to Dr. Karen Lafferty. She is the new Assistant Coordinator for Liberal Studies. 

-Congratulations to Ms. Vicki Fielden who retired July 2017. We appreciate her years of exemplary service to the Liberal Studies program. 

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 apply.

Summer 2017 Adventures:

Have a fun summer! Make sure to tweet your adventures: #SDSULibSt 

Contact Information

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, Coordinator

Dr. Karen Lafferty, Assistant Coordinator 

Michelle Xiong, Academic Advisor


Liberal Studies Advising Schedule


Walk-in and Appointments:
Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  
Friday: By Appointment Only

*If students are unable to make any of the above times, please email Michelle to arrange a meeting at a different time.  
**Appointments should be made two days in advance to allow Michelle time to prepare for your visit.


Email Advising:

Include your Red ID#


Office: EBA 259 


Mailing address:

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA 92182-1100