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Liberal Studies Department

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Recent news


The Liberal Studies is excited to announce that we are in search of an Assistant Professor in Environmental Geography.  Please visit our Faculty Opportunities page to view details and application information.


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. Linguists in Guatemala Story.

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

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

Dr. Greig Guthey in the garden


Book release


Enduring Reform book cover

Prof. Emeritus 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!