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Welcome to the Liberal Studies Department!

If you are on this page it is probably because you are seeking the best preparation for being a K-8 teacher, or because you are interested in our innovative, cutting-edge program in Border Studies.

We encourage you to explore our website and come meet our faculty. We are always happy to talk to students and discuss courses, programs, and career options.

Liberal Studies seeks to hire a Physical Geographer

The Department of Liberal Studies at California State University San Marcos seeks to fill a tenure-track position in Physical Geography at the Assistant Professor level starting in Fall 2016. For qualifications and application information visit this page.

Recent events

Workshop on Pathways to Teaching Careers

Students from CSUSM, MiraCosta College, Palomar College, other community colleges, and Grossmont High School, attended a workshop where they learned about the credential programs that CSUSM offers and the types of majors they should pursue if they want to obtain the various credentials.

Students attending workshop

Recent news

Prof. Jule Gomez de Garcia (Liberal Studies) and Prof. Michael Hughes (Modern Language Studies) directed a group of CSUSM students in linguistic fieldwork in Guatemala. Story.

Prof. Jocelyn Ahlers works with Native California communities who are striving to document and revitalize their languages of heritage. Story.

Prof. Greig Guthey featured in San Diego Magazine: The Garden is His Classroom. Congratulations!

Greig Guthey and garden

Book release

Prof. Vivienne Bennett's most recent co-edited book, Enduring Reform: Progressive Activism and Private Sector Responses in Latin America's Democracies has just been published (2015, University of Pittsburgh Press). Congratulations!

Enduring Reform book cover