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Depth of Study or Area of Focus

The Liberal Studies curriculum covers the seven subjects taught in elementary schools.  Additionally, the California Standards for K-8 teacher preparation mandate that future teachers acquire in-depth knowledge in one of the seven subject areas.

Students in the Pink and Blue Catalog ('04-'18) years will meet this requirement through a Depth of Study which consists of 16 subject area options.

Students starting in the Fall 2019 (Gold ACL) will meet this requirement through an Area of Focus (Concentration) which consists of seven subject area options.  

How to declare your Depth of Study or Area of Focus

ATTENTION: Currently students in Pink and Blue catalog years are not able to declare their Depth of Study through the online system.  While this technical issue is being addressed, please email cmagoon@csusm.edu with your choice of Depth of Study.  Incoming Fall 2019 students should be able to choose their area of focus by following the instructions below.

Read complete instructions before proceeding:

To declare your Area of Focus (for Gold catalog year only), go to your Student Center in your myCSUSM account.

In the drop down menu, select 'Change of Major or Minor'.

Click the link at the bottom of the next page to Change Major.

Your major should show 'Liberal Studies BA'.  You will need to select 'Liberal Studies-Elem Subj BA' in the drop down list for major.

The Required Subplans drop down menu will appear and you can select your Depth of Study or Area of Focus from that list.

Be sure to confirm your selection.  

Currently students in Pink and Blue catalog years are not able to declare their Depth of Study through the online system.  While this technical issue is being addressed, please email cmagoon@csusm.edu with your choice of Depth of Study.