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 Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies -- Border Studies Option, and the Border Studies Minor, offer students the opportunity to study the unique dimensions and dynamics of border regions.
The Geography Minor provides a broad preparation in geography and geographic information systems with an emphasis on systems thinking.
The Linguistics Minor provides a strong foundation in linguistics and a unique undergraduate opportunity to conduct field work. Photo attribution below.*
Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Meeting postponed to October 2021.
Check back for more information.
Our department is very excited to welcome Dr. Grant Muagututi’a as professor of linguistics starting Fall 2020! His research focuses on Samoan as a heritage language and his expertise will enrich the educational experience of our students.
All CSUSM Faculty invited to the First Climate Change Working Group Meeting on Oct. 9th from 11:00 - 12:30 pm.
Join our new CSUSM student organization, the Future Educators Association.