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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 Liberal Studies majors 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 from the Academic Advisor 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)

All individuals may utilize Drop-in Zoom 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 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. 

  • Join Online Video Advising Session: https://csulb.zoom.us/j/418736275​  or Call 669-900-6833 and Enter Meeting ID 418-736-275.

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

  • Sessions typically range from 5 to 20 minutes, depending on student wait time.

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

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

  • For directions on how to use Zoom Drop-ins, refer to the Guide to TPAC Drop-ins (PDF)

Email Advising

Academic Advisors can assist students or prospective 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.

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

  • Email Advising is available to all individuals, current or prospective students.

  • 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 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 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 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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.