Welcome to Liberal Studies
Liberal Studies is an exciting and rigorously challenging interdisciplinary major that provides students with a unique opportunity to study and integrate concepts from the humanities and arts, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. Liberal Studies students explore the methods, underlying assumptions, and forms of interaction within and between these disciplines. They develop a capacity for critical thinking, a comprehensive academic background, and the communications skills that provide the self-confidence that comes from being culturally sensitive, intellectually independent, creative, and well-rounded.
There are two options through which students can complete the graduation requirements for the Liberal Studies major. Many students choose a major in Liberal Studies as undergraduate preparation for subsequent careers in elementary education. For these students the Elementary Education Plan is usually the appropriate option. For students planning careers in single subject education or in fields outside education, the Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan provides the opportunity to choose a personalized set of courses devoted to the study of a specific interest. Detailed information on each of these options is available through the sidebar links to the left.
An Important Announcement Regarding the Liberal Studies Curriculum
The Liberal Studies Department has made some adjustments to the graduation requirements that are effective for students who have a catalog year of 2012 or later. The changes do not apply to students whose last period of continuous enrollment at CSUF or a Community College started prior to fall 2012. The following links will connect you to both the old and new requirements for either the Elementary Education Plan or the Interdisciplinary Thematic Plan.
Please contact the Department if you have any questions about these changes.