2018-2019 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
Educating Children with Disabilities Option
English Literature Option
General Studies Option
Human Development Option
Integrated Option
Integrated Teacher Education Program - Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Disabilities Option 
Mathematics Option
Natural Science Option
Physical Education Option
Spanish Option
Special Option
Theatre Arts Option



Laurie Inman, Chair

Angela Macias, Melissa Navarro, Jennifer Stacy

Department Office: COE 1412, (310) 243-3832

Email address: lbs@csudh.edu

Emeritus Faculty

John McGowan


Program Description

Liberal Studies (LBS) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major for students who intend to become elementary and special education teachers or to pursue related graduate work. Courses leading to the B.A. in Liberal Studies focus on the subject areas taught in elementary schools as well as professional preparation and early fieldwork. LBS is a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) approved Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Program (ESM). LBS also offers two Integrated Teacher Education Programs (ITEP) in which students earn a B.A. and a credential for teaching elementary school (multiple subjects) or special education (education specialist mild/moderate).



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.

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 graduate 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).

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 or Depth of Study Course Requirements.  Students study a subject area within the major in depth and may choose any approved option. (Integrated Option also requires Depth of Study).