The Department of Liberal Studies at CSUSM is an interdisciplinary unit of faculty dedicated to student-centered teaching and internationally recognized for our involvement in community-based research across four continents. Our department offers four distinct programs as majors and minors (Liberal Studies, Geography, and Linguistics).
Both the Elementary Subject Matter (ESM) and the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) Options prepare students interested in K-8 teaching. ITEP offers an accelerated pathway to becoming a California teacher.
The Border Studies Minor offers students the opportunity to study the unique dimensions and dynamics of border regions.
The Geography B.A. and Minor provide a broad preparation in geography and geographic information systems with an emphasis on systems thinking.