Major Options

Liberal Studies alumnus Angineh Bandari (Class of 2006) with her Kindergarten class.
Liberal Studies alumnus Angineh Bandari (Class of 2006) with her Kindergarten class.

The Liberal Studies Core

All Liberal Studies majors must complete the following 18-unit core in addition to the requirements specific to each option: 

  • LBS 301 Interdisciplinary Investigation (4)
  • LBS 302 Writing the Interdisciplinary Essay (2)
  • LBS 360 Interdisciplinary Approaches to Culture and Society (4)
  • LBS 489 Senior Project (4)
  • LBS 490 Prose Seminar in Liberal Studies (4)

Students must take LBS 301 and 302 during the same quarter with the same professor. LBS 489 and 490 are also linked courses, and must be taken during the same quarter with the same professor.

Required Courses in Liberal Studies

All Liberal Studies majors must also complete 4-8 units (depending upon option) of Required Courses in Liberal Studies. These courses are broken down into the following categories:

Interdisciplinary Foundations

  • LBS 234 Multicultural Arts L.A. (4)
  • LBS 386 Gender in Science (4)
  • LBS 390 Race, Class, and Gender in the Classroom (4)
  • LBS 395 Sociocultural Impact of Globalization for the Developing World (4)
  • WOMN 200 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (4)

Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies

  • LBS 410 National Identity, Race, and Popular Culture (4)
  • LBS 420 Science, Culture, and Representation (4)
  • LBS 454 Selected Topics in Liberal Studies (4)
  • LBS 460 Cultural Studies: Theories and Methods (4)
  • WOMN 400 Women's and Gender Studies: Theories and Methods (4)

Liberal Studies Options

Students majoring in Liberal Studies must select one of the following options.

Option I.  Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture and Society (66 units). This option prepares students for careers in fields such as law, education, journalism, government, publishing, business, medicine, and non-profit work. Students in this option must complete the GE program and other university requirements (78-80 units), 18 units of LBS major core courses (see above), 8 units of required courses in Liberal Studies, and either two 20-unit depth areas or one 40-unit concentration, leaving up to 36 units of free electives that may used to pursue a minor (to reach the total of 180 units required for graduation).

Option II.  Elementary Subject Matter Teacher Preparation (180 units).This option offers students who have not completed the ESM Common Core the opportunity to prepare for the multiple subjects CSET or, if they pass the CSET early enough, to acquire a second depth area. Accordingly, this option is appropriate for those who select the multiple subject teacher preparation program midway through their college careers, for those who need additional training to pass one or more sections of the CSET, or for those who wish to acquire a second depth area. This option offers students the most direct path to meeting the entrance requirements for the credential programs: a B.A. with a 2.75 GPA and successful completion of the CSET. Students in this option must complete 78-80 units of GE and university requirements, 18 units of LBS major core courses (see above), 8 units of required courses in Liberal Studies, 20 units in one depth area, 20 units of directed electives that may be utilized for CSET preparation or for a second depth area, and up to 36 units of electives. Students who apply and are accepted into a credential program at CSULA can use their electives to take credential courses.