The Department of Liberal Studies offers an engaging and proven interdisciplinary curriculum that is unique within southern California. Drawing from interdisciplinary fields such as American studies, cultural studies, and women’s and gender studies, we provide students the opportunity to study a variety of different subjects in an integrated and coherent baccalaureate program that prepares them for post-graduate work and careers in teaching, law, medicine, business, library science, and a variety of other fields. In the Liberal Studies major, students take courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences that are appropriate for their chosen option and depth area. At the center of our curriculum, students take courses in Liberal Studies that help them understand how disciplines work, how they differ from one another, and how they fit together into a bigger picture. In Liberal Studies courses students learn methods for conducting research, writing, and integrating knowledge from many subjects at once. The courses and curriculum of Liberal Studies also place an emphasis on civic and community engagement. Liberal Studies has distinguished professors that are dedicated to helping our students perform at a high level and achieve their educational and career goals.
Welcome from the Chair
With enthusiastic faculty members and an intellectually diverse and stimulating curriculum, the Department of Liberal Studies is committed to providing its students with the best educational experience possible. The faculty members in Liberal Studies are outstanding teachers, scholars, and advisors whose interdisciplinary work spans across fields such as American Studies, art history, communication studies, cultural studies, English, ethnic studies, history, museum studies, science fiction, science studies, sociology, and women's and gender studies. We believe that the best education is one that is self-motivated and self-directed. Our goal is to help students create academic and career plans that will excite them, and to help students build a foundation of knowledge and skills that will benefit them for their entire lives. We invite you to join us in the exciting future that awaits you in the Department of Liberal Studies.
Michael Willard, Chair
Office Location: Engineering and Technology (ET) A405
Phone: (323) 343-4100
Our office is open at the following times:
Monday - Thursday 8:15am - 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Liberal Studies alumna Margaret Salazar-Porzio (class of 2005) on her new position at the Smithsonian Museum of American History.