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.
The Linguistics Minor provides a strong foundation in linguistics and a unique undergraduate opportunity to conduct field work. Photo attribution below.*
The 84th Annual Meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers is scheduled for Oct. 14-16, 2021!
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.
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LBST Student Kailey Lyche wins the October Dean's Pick award for CHABSS Voices Monthly Contest, Life in a Pandemic Collage!