Purpose of Liberal Studies


Our current Liberal Studies major is an approved subject matter program under the California credential law (Ryan Act). Beginning January 2004, the program will address S.B. 2042 standards. It will prepare students for the California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary major designed primarily for students who intend to become elementary school teacher or teach in a multiple subject environment

If you wish to teach one subject in middle or high school, you want to major in the subject you wish to teach in and then earn a Single Subject Teaching Credential

The major is a complex program; our requirements are unique and general advising will not be adequate. General education is integrated in the Liberal Studies program

Transfer students and freshman are required to attend Orientation before they arrive. A Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies requires a minimum of 120 semester units, of which at least 50 must be upper division (upper division courses at SacState are numbered 100 -199). All courses from community colleges are lower division, regardless of the course number. A maximum of 70 community college semester units may apply to the 120 unit total. The Liberal Studies major consists of a core of 81-98 semester units and a concentration of 12 units (currently it is possible for the concentration to satisfy the requirements for a supplementary authorization, which enables one to teach grades 6 -9 in public schools). Check with an advisor about the supplmentary authorization

In addition to the major requirements, there are University Graduation Requirements which must also be completed. All courses for the Liberal Studies major must be completed with a grade of C- or better and at least a 2.0 GPA must be earned in the Liberal Studies major to graduate

Advisors in Liberal Studies are professors/staff from various departments and they are committed to provide excellent service to our students. Advisors are available for information, advice and support. Specific advisor hours differ each semester and are limited in the summer and winter break

Liberal Studies is a program within the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies. Our advisors are from the College of Arts and Letters, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies and College of Education