The Department of Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary unit of faculty who are dedicated to student-centered teaching in the areas of K-8 education, geography, and linguistics, and who are internationally recognized for our involvement in community-based research across four continents. Our research covers many areas including: language acquisition and documentation, linguistics in K-12 education, human-environment interactions, land use planning, wine and beer production in California, the social context of health, science education and policy, and the role of children in shaping their environment. We are always happy to talk to students and discuss our research, courses, programs, and career options, so come meet us!
If you are interested in applying for a Lecturer Position in our Department, visit Faculty Affairs Lecturer Opportunities page.
Elementary Subject Matter option for teachers (ESM)
This program prepares students seeking to enter the CSUSM School of Education's Credential Program.
Integrated Teacher Education Program option (ITEP). This program offers students an accelerated pathway to becoming a California teacher.
The Geography Minor provides a broad preparation in geography and geographic information systems with an emphasis on systems thinking.
This option allows students to emphasize the unique dimensions of teaching in a border region.Minor in Border Studies
Our department manages a state-of-the-art G.I.S. teaching and learning laboratory with 35 workstations, breakout tables for discussion and group work, and a new augmented reality sand table for studying physical geographical processes.
Geography Information Systems Open Lab Schedule (GIS Lab)Social and Behavioral Sciences Bldg (SBSB 1108)
Fall 2019 GIS Open Lab Hours are Monday and Friday from 8:00 - 10:00 am. Also, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 - 2:00 pm. To book the GIS lab, email Carrie Dyal.
Department faculty coordinate a growing Gardening Club on the campus that farms portions of the departments organic garden and food justice project, known as the Sustainable Food Project.
More information will be available soon.