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Liberal Studies

Department of Liberal Studies

CED Update Regarding COVID-19

Considerations surrounding novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, are evolving rapidly. Until further notice, staff will be working remotely during business hours. Therefore, College of Education offices will not be open for in-person services and will provide online services alternatively. Please continue to check the Reuniting the Beach website for up-to-date information on the evolving situation within the University. 

Email Advising for All Students

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

All Academic Advisors have access to this account and check regularly. Please allow 2-3 business days for response.

"Drop In" Advising for All Students

All drop-in advising for Liberal Studies and Teacher Credentialing are currently held via Zoom (available through Single-Sign-On on or Phone/Web/App). Before joining the 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 the Advisor. 

For a Guide on how Drop-in Advising works and what to expect, refer to our Guide to TPAC Online Drop-ins PDF PDF icon.

Weekly Zoom "Drop-in" Advising Hours

​11/30 (Mon) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM

​12/01 (Tue) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM

​12/02 (Wed) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM

​12/03 (Thu) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM

​12/04 (Fri) 9:00AM-11:00AM & 2:00PM-4:00PM

Advising Appointments for Current Students

Beach Connect

Currently matriculated students 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. Be sure to check your email for confirmation details.

For a Step-by-step Guide on how to schedule appointments, refer to our Appointment Scheduling Tutorial PDF PDF icon.

Fall 2020 Admits: Students must attend "Mandatory Fall Advising" prior to scheduling individual appointments. Feel free to schedule so long as you attended your advising.

Reminder: Liberal Studies Advising doesn't schedule advising appointments during the first two weeks 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 with this annual practice. 

Orientation & Registration for Spring 2021 Students

For information on SOAR and Registration for Spring 2021 Classes, refer to the Newly Accepted Admits webpage for details and instructions.

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, 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. The College of Education Student Association (COESA) is open to Liberal Studies students as well as other students in the college's many graduate programs. Aside from student organizations, the Department hosts events for our students, including our Annual End-of-Summer "Back-To-School" Event for incoming students and their families, as well as our annual Graduation Celebration on the day of the Commencement ceremony on campus. And we are happy to announce new support for our students, our Peer Mentors and Graduate Mentor/Advisor, who are all 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!

Dr. Corinne Martinez

Liberal Studies Department Chair