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Academic Advising

Liberal Studies Academic Advisors are available in various different ways or modalities, for best accessibility for current and/or prospective students who want to reach out with questions or inquiries. Parents/Family/Friends of Students: 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. See below for provided services. Refer to the main Liberal Studies Website for weekly hours and days for each service.

Individual Advising with an Academic Advisor

30-Minute Advising Appointments (Online or by Phone)

Currently matriculated students may meet and/or speak one-on-one with a Liberal Studies Academic Advisor in a scheduled academic advising appointment via Zoom or Phone. Matriculated students seeking academic advising with an academic advisor may use Beach Connect. During the meeting, the student and advisor generally 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.​ This service is available to current CSULB students only.

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

  • Individual appointments are limited to 30 minutes. Students select the modality (phone or online) for their appointment.

  • Advising appointments are scheduled online through Single-Sign-On.

  • A confirmation email will be sent to the student's csulb email address from the Academic Advisor prior to the appointment, to confirm Zoom/phone details.

  • For directions on how to schedule an online 30-minute advising appointment, refer to the Scheduling Appointments Guide (PDF)

Brief "Drop-in" Advising (Online or In-Person)

Any and all individuals are welcome to utilize Drop-in Zoom or In-Person Advising hours for immediate, brief 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, and/or plan for the following semester. 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 drop-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. 

Zoom Drop-in Advising

Drop-in advising for the Liberal Studies and Teacher Credentialing programs are 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.

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).

In-Person Drop-in Advising

Academic advising for the Liberal Studies and Teacher Credentialing programs are currently available for in-person drop-in services on a weekly basis during select times & days

This is not a 30-minute, thorough discussion meeting with degree planning; this is for a brief, one-on-one meeting for approximately 10-15 minutes. The Advisors operate out of the Teacher Preparation Advising Center within the College of Education. 

This service is available to current CSULB students only.

For In-Person Drop-in Advising Assistance with a Liberal Studies Academic Advisor, current CSULB students may stop by the Teacher Preparation Advising Center in EED-67 durring the designated drop-in hours. Students will be asked to show their "green check mark" from the Single-Sign-On COVID pre-screening. Masks must be worn at ALL times inside the EED building. 

Phone Advising

Phone-in advising for the Liberal Studies and Teacher Credentialing programs are currently available on a weekly basis during select times & days. The Advisors operate out of the Teacher Preparation Advising Center

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

To Reach an Academic Advisor, call the Teacher Preparation Advising Center directly at (562) 985-1105.

Email Advising

Academic Advisors can assist students by email. 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.

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

  • Liberal Studies Advisors can be reached at CED-LibSt@csulb.edu.

  • Email replies can take up to 2 to 3 business days to respond back. Spring & Fall registration seasons (Early to Mid-April and Early to Mid-November) may increase wait time so plan accordingly.

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, include:

  • 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 2021 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 the following (second) term.

Upcoming Freshmen Workshops can be found on the Liberal Studies Events Calendar.

Questions regarding Freshmen Advising? 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 include:

  • 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

Transfer Advising for Fall 2021 will be held online. Directions for registration are emailed out accordingly to those invited.

Failure to attend Transfer Mandatory Advising with the College may result in delay of course registration for the following (second) term.

Upcoming Transfer Workshops can be found on the Liberal Studies Events Calendar.

Questions regarding Transfer Advising? 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). 

Focus Points of the ITEP/BA Webinars include:

  • Program Overview for Liberal Studies & Graduation Pathways

  • Details on Credential Programs

  • How to Apply to the Credential Programs

The ITEP/BA Sessions for Fall 2021 will be held online. Continuing Juniors are emailed accordingly with directions.

These information sessions are not required; only highly recommended.

Upcoming ITEP/BA Pathways Info Webinars & Zoom Links can be found on the Liberal Studies Events Calendar.

Questions regarding the ITEP/BA Webinar? Email Ced-LibSt@csulb.edu

Sophomore Planning Webinar (Online)

These online Zoom Information webinars are for Liberal Studies sophomores, to review upcoming information to be mindful of as one progresses through the program and gets closer to Junior & Senior standing. 

Focus Points of the Sophomore Planning Webinars include:

  • Pre- Major Requirements and Major Declaration
  • GWAR/GPE
  • CBEST or Basic Skills Requirement
  • Fieldwork
  • Overview of the ITEP Pathways & Timeline for Applying

The Sophomore Planning Sessions for Fall 2021 will be held online. Continuing Sophomore students are invited by Liberal Studies Advising to attend.

These information sessions are not required; only highly recommended.

Upcoming Sophomore Planning Webinars can be found on the Liberal Studies Events Calendar.

Questions regarding Sophomore Workshops? Email Nancy.DeHaro@csulb.edu.