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 starting in Fall 2019 or 2020 (Gold ACL) will meet this requirement through an Area of Focus. LBST students in the ESM option will select one of the seven areas that can be found on the second page of the Gold ESM ACL. ITEP students will select one of four areas that can be found on the second page of the Gold ITEP ACL.
Students in the Pink and Blue Catalog ('04-'18) years will meet this requirement through a Depth of Study which consists of a choice of 16 subject area options. LBST students will select one of the 16 subject area which can be found on the Depth of Study Worksheets link.
To declare your Area of Focus, 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' or 'Liberal Studies - ITEP 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.