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Academic Advising

Ongoing academic advising is available by walk-in advising, advising appointments, and email through the Department of Liberal Studies year-round. We highly recommend that current CSULB Liberal Studies students utilize our advising services at least once per academic year. 

Given circumstances and considerations surrounding novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, the College of Education offices will not be open for in-person services until further notice. However, staff are working remotely and will continue to provide services to students during this time through alternative means.

Individual Advising with an Advisor

Advising Appointments (Online)

Currently matriculated students may meet one-on-one with a Liberal Studies advisor in a scheduled academic advising appointment via Zoom/Phone. Matriculated students seeking academic advising with an academic advisor may use Beach Connect. During the meeting, the student and advisor will review the Academic Requirements Report, along with other E-Advising tools, and discuss overall progress, deadlines and tasks, and graduation goals. These appointments are suitable for students who have questions or problems requiring more in-depth discussion (longer than 20 minutes), or who would just prefer to meet individually with an advisor at a scheduled time frame.​

The Department of Liberal Studies recommends students to contact and/or meet with an academic advisor at least once per year.

  • These appointments are available to current CSULB students only, in good standing or on academic probation.
  • Individual appointments are limited to 30 minutes.
  • Advising appointments are scheduled online through Single-Sign-On.
  • A confirmation email will be sent to the student's csulb email address prior to the appointment, to confirm Zoom/phone details.
  • For directions on how to schedule an online appointment, refer to the Scheduling Appointments Guide (PDF)

"Drop-in" Advising (Online)

Individuals may utilize Drop-in Zoom Advising hours for immediate academic advising with a Liberal Studies Advisor in the Teacher Preparation Advising Center. During these meetings, individuals may inquire about academic requirements and/or university policies and procedures, or plan for a semester or two in advance. These appointments are suitable for students who have questions or concerns requiring less in-depth discussion (less than 20 minutes), or who have immediate academic concerns to address.

Please note that all of the Academic Advisors rotate for walk-in advising hours, in order to provide availability most days of the year. Students can't generally request a specific advisor they wish to meet with due to pre-determined scheduling and workloads. We appreciate our students' understanding. For specific advisor requests, try email and/or scheduling an appointment with the preferred advisor. 

  • Online Video Advising Session: https://csulb.zoom.us/j/418736275​  or Zoom ID 418-736-275 during scheduled drop-in hours.

  • Drop-in advising is available to all individuals, current or prospective students.

  • Sessions typically range from 5 to 25 minutes, depending on student wait time.

  • Drop-ins operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please plan accordingly.

  • Drop-in hours are published on the Liberal Studies homepage weekly.

Email Advising

Academic Advisors can assist students by email. However, please keep in mind that any overtly personal or confidential information cannot be disclosed in order to ensure student privacy and FERPA regulation, unless special permissions are granted.

  • Liberal Studies Advisors can be reached at CED-LibSt@csulb.edu.
  • This service is available to all individuals, current or prospective students.
  • Emails can take up to 2 to 3 business days to respond back; registration seasons (Early to Mid-April or Early to Mid-November) may increase wait time.

Group Advising with an Advisor

Freshmen Mandatory Advising Workshops (Online)

First-Year Freshmen are required to attend "Freshman Advising" in their first and second semester at CSULB. Enrollment Services places a registration hold on all first-year freshmen and sends email notifications of this requirement. To have this hold removed, students must complete their college advising requirement.

Focus Points of First-Year Advising, includes:

  • Program Overview for Liberal Studies & Declaring a Major (MSDR)
  • Campus Resources & Navigation
  • Academic Online Resources (E-Advising Tools)
  • University Policies and Procedures
  • Class Recommendations for Upcoming Terms

Freshmen Advising for Fall 2020 will be held online. Directions for registration are emailed out accordingly to those invited.

Failure to attend Freshman Mandatory Advising with the College may result in delay of course registration.

For questions or inquiries regarding Freshmen Advising for Liberal Studies, email Nancy.DeHaro@csulb.edu.

Transfer Mandatory Advising Workshops (Online) 

First-Semester transfers are required to attend "Transfer Advising" prior to their second term and corresponding registration in November/April. Enrollment Services places a registration hold on all first-semester Liberal Studies Transfers and sends email notifications of this requirement. To have this hold removed, students must complete their college advising requirement.

Focus Points of First-Semester Advising Workshops includes:

  • Program Overview for Liberal Studies & Graduation Pathways
  • Details on Credential Programs
  • Academic Online Resources (E-Advising Tools)
  • Campus Resources & Navigation
  • University Policies and Procedures
  • Class Recommendations

All Transfer Advising Workshops are conducted in group settings (approx. 10-15 students). The workshops typically last about 60-90 minutes.

Transfer Advising for Fall 2020 will be held onlineDirections for registration are emailed out accordingly to those invited.  After completion of Mandatory Advising, a Liberal Studies advisor will lift the student's registration hold prior to registration. Once holds are released, students are able to register for their next semester's courses. Failure to attend Transfer Mandatory Advising with the College may result in delay of course registration.

For questions or inquiries regarding Transfer Advising for Liberal Studies, you may email Gabriel.Rodriguez@csulb.edu.

ITEP/BA Information Webinar (Online)

These online Zoom Information Webinars are provided to inform or refresh students on the differences and similarities in the ITEP/BA pathways for the Liberal Studies program, and how to apply to an ITEP pathway (for those interested). We understand that it is a difficult decision to make regarding whether to pursue the BA or ITEP pathways for many and this information session offers another opportunity for students to review the details step-by-step, as well as ask questions among advisors and fellow peers.

  • For a listing of upcoming ITEP/BA Pathways Info Webinars, refer to our Events Calendar.