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Academic Advising

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

Individual Advising with an Advisor

30-minute Appointments

Year-round, currently matriculated students may meet one-on-one with a Liberal Studies advisor in a scheduled academic advising appointment in an office setting. Matriculated students seeking academic advising with an academic advisor may use SSC Advising & Tutoring. At 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 advisor at least once per year, to ensure that they are staying on track with their graduation plan.

  • 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
  • For assistance on how to schedule an advising appointment, refer to the PDF iconschedulingappointments.pdf (pdf). 
  • Appointments are unavailable during Fall registration (Early to Mid-April) and Spring registration (Late October to Mid-November), as well as for campus closure dates. 

Brief Walk-in Advising

Year-round, individuals may utilize walk-in advising hours for brief or immediate academic advising one-on-one with a Liberal Studies Advisor in the Teacher Preparation Advising Office in EED-67. 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 Academic Advisors rotate for walk-in advising hours, in order to provide all-day availability on most days of the year. Students may not choose the specific advisor they wish to meet with due to pre-determined scheduling and workloads. We appreciate our students' understanding. 

  • Walk-in advising is available to all individuals.
  • Prospective or returning students are recommended to utilize walk-in advising hours, as needed, for academic meetings until they are fully matriculated and accepted into the university. 
  • Sessions typically range from 5 to 25 minutes, depending on student wait time.
  • Walk-ins operate on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please plan accordingly.
  • Walk-in hours are published on the Liberal Studies homepage weekly.

Email Advising

Academic Advisors can assist students by email, particularly with understanding that CSULB is a commuter-based institution and not all students can easily find a time to meet with an Advisor as needed. 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 Advising Questions & Inquiries can be sent to CED-LibSt@csulb.edu.
  • This service is available to all individuals
  • Prospective or returning students are encouraged to submit unofficial transcripts by email for an unofficial evaluation prior to attending walk-in advising hours with a Liberal Studies Advisor, if possible, as this allows for preparation and notes to be provided prior to discussions and next-step planning.
  • Emails can take up to 3 to 7 business days to respond back; registration seasons may increase wait time.
  • If you need immediate assistance, it is recommended to call or visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center.

Group Advising with an Advisor

Freshmen Mandatory Advising Workshops

First-Semester freshmen are required to attend a Freshman Advising Workshop 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 attend the workshops.

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

All Freshman Advising Workshops are conducted in group settings (approx. 10-15 students). The workshops typically last about 60 minutes, plus time for questions at the end.

Students schedule themselves for these workshops through an email invitation from Liberal Studies Advising. Reminder emails are sent to students who do not schedule themselves accordingly. 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 terms courses. Failure to attend Freshman Mandatory Advising with the College will result in delay of course registration.

For questions or inquiries regarding Freshmen Advising for Liberal Studies, you may email Nancy.DeHaro@csulb.edu as the primary coordinator for these workshops.

Transfer Mandatory Advising Workshops 

First-Semester transfers are required to attend a Transfer Advising Workshop 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 attend the workshop.

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 90 minutes, plus time for questions at the end.

Students schedule themselves for these workshops through an email invitation from Liberal Studies Advising. Reminder emails are sent to students who do not schedule themselves accordingly. 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 will result in delay of course registration.

For questions or inquiries regarding Transfer Advising for Liberal Studies, you may email Gabriel.Rodriguez@csulb.edu as the primary coordinator for these workshops.

Study Abroad Information Sessions

Liberal Studies Advisors and/or Faculty periodically provide Study Abroad Information Sessions each semester (typically 3rd week) to inform students of upcoming study abroad opportunities provided through our program and the campus. Advisors are able to provide more generalized information on study abroad and academic resources, focusing more on curriculum agreements for course planning. Faculty are an essential resource for providing more in-depth and detailed information on travels and course outlines, focusing more on the international experience and corresponding academic studies. If a student holds interest in study abroad, we highly recommend them to browse the Study Abroad website and/or attend an information session.

  • For more information on our Study Abroad Opportunities, refer to our Study Abroad page.
  • For a listing of Study Abroad Information Sessions, refer to our Events Calendar.

ITEP/BA Information Sessions

Starting Spring 2018, Liberal Studies & Credential Advisors will begin to host voluntary ITEP/BA Information Session each term to inform students of all ITEP & Post-Bac credentialing opportunities at CSULB so that students may plan accordingly for graduation and beyond. We understand that it is a difficult decision to make regarding whether to pursue the BA or ITEP pathways, and this information session offers another opportunity for students to come and review the details step-by-step, as well as ask questions among advisors and fellow peers.

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