Department of Liberal Studies

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) only or our Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP). Students in the ITEP pathway may choose to pursue their BA with a Multiple Subjects Credential, an Education Specialist Credential, or they may pursue the Urban Dual Credential Program (UDCP) pathway which includes both the Multiple Subjects and Education Specialist credentials within a 5-year period.

We pride ourselves on offering rigorous coursework with responsive faculty, early clinical experiences in local elementary and middle schools, and hands-on advising that begins even before students arrive to campus. Please explore our program at CSULB, along with all of the amazing opportunities and resources for future educators. Go Beach! Go Teach!

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

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

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

Students can email the Liberal Studies Academic Advisors at 

All Liberal Studies Academic Advisors check this email account regularly. Please allow up to 1-2 business days for response.

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

Students are welcome to meet in person to speak with a Liberal Studies and/or Teacher Credentialing Academic Advisor on a weekly basis during select times & days. 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 CenterFor a campus map, refer to the CSULB Maps Website.

These services are available to all students, current or prospective.

In-Person Drop-in Advising Hours

Location: TPAC- EED 67

October 2 - October 6

   10/02 (Mon) 9AM - 11:30PM & 1:30 PM - 5PM

10/03 (Tues) 9AM - 12PM & 1PM - 5PM

10/04 (Wed) 9AM - 12PM & 1PM - 3 PM

10/05 (Thu) 9AM - 12PM & 1PM - 5PM 

10/06 (Fri)   11AM-12PM - 1-5PM


For the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (TPAC) call directly at 

(562) 985-1105 or Visit TPAC in EED-67. 


In-Person Advising - Just Drop by EED-67 to speak with an advisor during the In-Person Advising hours specified below. No Appointment Necessary.


Schedule an Academic Advising Appointment with a Liberal Studies Advisor.

Fall and Spring Semesters

Current, continuing students who are declared in the Liberal Studies major may schedule Zoom, Phone, or In-Person Advising Appointments through Beach Connect under Single-Sign-On. Appointment availability is updated in the Beach Connect system every two weeks, so be sure to check again for added availability as the weeks progress. If you don't see any availability, check again in the following day or two. For a Step-by-step Guide on how to schedule appointments through Beach Connect, refer to our Appointment Scheduling Guide PDF PDF icon 

Summer and Winter Semesters

Current, continuing students who are declared in the Liberal Studies major may schedule Zoom, Phone, or In-Person Advising Appointments via email. Please email the Advisors directly at We will work with you directly to determine a day, time, and modality that works best.

Other Notes Regarding Appointments

Beginning of Semester & Registration Period: Liberal Studies Advisors do not schedule any 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. 

Newly Admitted Students: Fall 2023 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. 


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!