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Liberal Studies

Department of Liberal Studies

CED Updates Regarding COVID-19

Please continue to check the CSULB COVID-19 website for up-to-date information.

Liberal Studies Academic Advisors are available in many different ways, for best accessibility for current students and/or prospective students. See below for services.

Considering a Change of Major?  Visit our Change of Major Requests Webpage

Interested in the Equity & Education Studies Minor? Visit our Education Studies Minor Webpage.

Email Assistance

Students can email the Liberal Studies Academic Advisors at CED-LibSt@csulb.edu 

All Liberal Studies Academic Advisors check this email account regularly. Please allow up to 2-3 business days for response.

This service is available to all students, current or prospective.

Zoom/Virtual Assistance

Drop-in virtual advising or assistance with Liberal Studies and/or Teacher Credentialing Academic Advisors is currently available via Zoom on a weekly basis during select times & days. Before joining a Zoom session, make sure you have access to a computer or your phone with an enabled microphone. If you do not have an enabled microphone, then be prepared to type/chat accordingly with an Advisor. The Advisors operate out of the Teacher Preparation Advising Center

This service is available to all students, current or prospective.

Zoom "Drop-in" Advising Hours for 05/23 to 05/27:

​05/23 (Mon)  9:00AM-12:00PM

​05/24 (Tue)  9:00AM-11:00AM

​05/25 (Wed) 3:00PM-4:30PM [Updated]

​05/26 (Thu) 1:00PM-4:30PM

​05/27 (Fri) 9:00AM-12:00PM

For a Guide on Teacher Preparation Advising Center's Zoom Drop-in Advising, refer to our Guide to TPAC Online Drop-ins PDF PDF icon. Visitors should have their Zoom ID displayed as their first and last name (unless calling by phone).

Phone & Drop-in Assistance

Students are welcome to call and/or meet in-person with a Liberal Studies and/or Teacher Credentialing Academic Advisor on a weekly basis during select times & days. Students may call us directly if they have questions and/or may stop by to speak with an available advisor in-person. Drop-ins are not 30-minute advising appointments; they are generally 5-15 minute advising sessions for quick questions and planning. The Advisors operate out of the Teacher Preparation Advising CenterStudents will be asked to show their "green check mark" from the Single-Sign-On COVID pre-screening.  For a campus map, refer to the CSULB Maps Website.

Phone assistance is available to all students, current or prospective. Drop-in assistance is available to current CSULB students only.

Phone & Drop-in Advising Hours for 05/23 to 05/27:

​05/23 (Mon) 1:00PM-4:30PM

05/24 (Tue) 1:00PM-4:30PM

​05/25 (Wed) 9:00AM-11:00AM

​05/26 (Thu) 9:00AM-12:00PM

​05/27 (Fri) 1:00PM-4:30PM* (Phones Only)

Call the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (TPAC) directly at (562) 985-1105.

Current CSULB students may drop by TPAC in EED-67. 

30-Min Appointments for Current Majors

Beach Connect

Schedule an Academic Advising Appointment with a Liberal Studies Advisor (Aleah, Gabriel, or Nancy).

Liberal Studies majors may schedule Zoom/Phone Advising Appointments through Single-Sign-On. The scheduled Advisor will reach to the student in advance with Zoom Meeting ID information to join. This service is available to current CSULB students only. Appointments will remain available via Zoom/online or by Phone until 02/28/22. Starting March 1st, we will resume in-person appointment options. 

  • For a Step-by-step Guide on how to schedule appointments, refer to our Appointment Scheduling Guide PDF PDF icon Appointments are added/published up to 1-2 weeks in advance at a time. If you don't see availability, check again in the following day or two for added availability in upcoming weeks. Otherwise, reach out to us in one of the other modalities available, as needed.

Liberal Studies Advisors don't schedule advising appointments during the first week of Fall/Spring semesters (late August or late January) and first two weeks of Fall/Spring registration (early November or early April). It is common for student need and communications to increase substantially during these times, so we put all advisors on-call and/or scheduled for 'drop in' assistance and email availability as result, in order to assist and support as many students as possible in a timely manner. We appreciate your understanding. 

Special Note: Fall 2022 Admitted Students are not able to schedule appointments at this time. Refer to the College of Education Orientation Website for details on what to expect and advising support for this upcoming summer. 

Liberal Studies is the 'Elementary Education' Major at CSULB and is home to students who wish to pursue one of two undergraduate program pathways: a B.A. in Liberal Studies (BA), or our Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP) with a Teaching Credential embedded into Senior Year. Students in the ITEP pathway may choose to either pursue their BA and Multiple Subject Credential (MSCP), or they may pursue the Urban Dual Credential Program (UDCP) pathway which includes an Education Specialist Credential as well within a 5-year period. Students in either of these programs can also earn a Bilingual Authorization alongside, if desired. Information on these program pathways within Liberal Studies is located throughout our website.

We pride ourselves on offering rigorous coursework with committed faculty, early clinical experiences in local elementary and middle schools, and hands-on advising that begins even before you arrive to campus.  

You are welcome here and we encourage you to get involved. The Liberal Studies Student Association (LSSA) meets several times per semester and is a great place to meet and socialize with peers. And our College of Education Student Ambassadors always play a major support in the college, to both students and faculty/staff. Our program also provides Liberal Studies Peer Mentors who are also vital assets in continuing to build a strong student community.

We welcome you to explore our program, along with all of the amazing opportunities and resources for future educators. Go Beach! Go Teach!