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Liberal Studies Advising

WELCOME Liberal Studies Students!

The Liberal Studies major is different than all the other majors at CSUSM. It prepares students for a career in elementary or middle school teaching (grades K-8) as well as special education. It includes all general education and breadth of study requirements and an area of focus module that explores one of these subject matter areas in greater depth, or Bilingual Spanish. Coursework is selected to address the seven core subject matter areas of the K-8 curriculum:

      • Reading, Language & Literature
      • History & Social Sciences
      • Mathematics
      • Science
      • Visual & Performance Arts
      • Human Development
      • Physical Education

You can find the list of course requirements on the Approved Course Lists page.  

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Due to recently-clarified federal financial aid regulations, the Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) has been discontinued, and we are therefore not accepting any new ITEP students.

Transfer Students Only

Beginning with Fall 2019 program requirements, the LBST curriculum included a new course, MUSC 250, offered only at CSUSM. Transfer Students are allowed to substitute Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts courses equivalent to DNCE 101, TA 120, MUSC 120, AMD 120 or VPA 101 at CSUSM for this class. If you have taken one of these equivalent courses at your community college and you see MUSC 250 appear as a requirement in your degree planner, please submit an ARR correction form.

Academic Requirements Report (ARR) Issues for LBST students

The courses listed below can meet one of several requirements for the LBST major. Even if you select one of these classes from your Degree Planner to meet a specific requirement, the ARR may incorrectly assign it to a different requirement and thus may not accurately reflect the requirement that you intended for the course to meet. It is imperative that you pay close attention to your ARR, the Approved Course Lists (ACLs) and the catalog restrictions on double-counting courses. If your ARR shows that a course meets a requirement other than what you intended, please fill out an ARR Correction Form or contact your Academic Advisor to have your ARR adjusted.

  • BRS 300
  • ID 340
  • LBST 307
  • LING 341
  • LING 355
  • LING 371
  • LING 381 

CSET Waiver

The CSUSM Liberal Studies major has been approved as a CSET I-III waiver program. From more information, visit the LBST Department website.