Liberal Studies Program

College of Education Building, Room 114
(909) 537-5857 Liberal Studies website

Coordinator: Kelly Dortch

Peer Advising for Liberal Studies (PALS) Studio
College of Education Building, Room 114
(909) 537-5482

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is a multidisciplinary degree program designed for students whose needs or interests require a more broadly based liberal arts curriculum than is possible through existing disciplines.

Most students pursuing this major intend to become teachers in K-8 classrooms. To facilitate achieving this goal, the Liberal Studies program provides the subject matter content required by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

The Integrated concentration leads to both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies and Multiple Subject Credential. It is designed for students who plan to become elementary, K-8, school teachers and who want to save time and money by working on the credential along with their B.A. degree. (Credential).

The General concentration prepares students to enter the Multiple Subject (Elementary School) teaching credential program, generally during a fifth year of post-graduate study in the College of Education. This option is best for those seeking credentials other than the Multiple Subject credential, such as special education. (Pre-Credential).

The Spanish Studies concentration prepares students to enter the Multiple Subject (Elementary School) teaching credential program, generally during a fifth year of post-graduate study in the College of Education.This concentration is especially designed for those students interested in teaching English as a second language to children whose first language is Spanish. This concentration also prepares students to work in a bilingual/Spanish classroom setting. (Pre-Credential).

TheĀ Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts represents a broad, interdisciplinary approach to earning a higher education degree. The BA in Liberal Arts is designed for students, who might not necessarily desire a career in education, to obtain a multidisciplinary degree that is transferable to many of the needs of the twenty-first century. (Non-Credential)

Departmental Honors

The Liberal Studies student will be eligible for departmental honors upon verification of the following three requirements:

  1. Earned a 3.5 or greater grade point average in the major;
  2. Completed at least 45 units of Liberal Studies courses at this university;
  3. Successfully completed the oral and written honors evaluations as determined by the Liberal Studies Coordinator.

Undergraduate Degrees

Bachelor of Arts