2017-2018 Catalog

Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies Program Learning Outcomes

College of Education

Bachelor of Arts

Degree Roadmaps

Anthropology Option
Art Option
Dance Option
Early Teaching and Learning Option
English Language and Linguistics Option
English Literature Option
General Studies Option
Human Development Option
Integrated Option
Mathematics Option
Natural Science Option
Physical Education Option
Spanish Option
Special Option
Theatre Arts Option


Lisa Hutton, Chair

Angela Macias, Jennifer Stacy

Department Office: SCC 540, (310) 243-3832

Email address: lbs@csudh.edu

Emeritus Faculty

John McGowan

Program Description

Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed for students who intend to become elementary and special education teachers or pursue related graduate work. Students will develop critical thinking skills, a comprehensive academic background, and communications skills as they study the areas of language and literature, math and science, history and social science, and visual and performing arts. Professional development courses provide early fieldwork opportunities, and support the transition to credential programs.


Students preparing to enter the Liberal studies major should focus on building a strong GPA to facilitate their future entry into credential programs.
Community college students planning to transfer should know that several GE courses "double-count" in the Liberal Studies major. These courses are listed at www.assist.org.
Community college students are also advised to pass CBEST before transferring. See www.cbest.nesinc.com for information.

Academic Advisement

Liberal Studies students should see an advisor each semester. Advising is available throughout the year. Students requiring information should email lbs@csudh.edu or call (310) 243-3832 to confirm advising schedules. Students on academic probation are required to attend STEPS (Strategies Toward Educational Progress & Success) workshops provided by the University Advisement Center (UAC). Probation holds will be lifted by UAC after satisfactory completion of STEPS. In addition to program and professional advising, advisors may refer students to other university services on campus.
All students applying to the Liberal Studies major (or current CSUDH students changing their majors) must attend a Liberal Studies Advising Meeting. The meeting includes information about: creating a LBS student file, registration for courses, important university policies, community college transferable coursework, and an overview of the requirements to earn a B.A. in Liberal Studies.

Career Possibilities

Liberal Studies is the preferred undergraduate major for students preparing to teach elementary or special education.

Graduation with Honors

Undergraduate majors are eligible to apply for graduation with honors in Liberal Studies if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete a minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills.
  2. Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all upper division coursework (300 and 400 level) used to satisfy the requirements for the Liberal Studies major (Core and Option).

Students meeting the university deadline for applying to graduate will receive information about applying for honors in the major. Students who believe they may meet the above requirements, but did not receive the information, may request an application from the Liberal Studies Office located at SCC 540.

Overall Program Structure

The major consists of two parts:

  1. CORE Course Requirements. Students take specific courses in each of five areas: Language and Literature; Mathematics and Science; History and Social Science; Visual and Performing Arts; and Professional Development. These specific courses provide the subject matter background for elementary and special education teachers.
  2. OPTION of In-depth Area of Study Course Requirements.  Students study a subject area within the major in depth and may choose any approved option. A special option, consisting of at least four courses and a minimum of 12 units, in a relevant subject matter area, may be petitioned by the student for consideration. (Integrated option requires a concentration.)