Academic Planning Documents
This a list of documents commonly used in advising sessions and/or used by students as needed within the Department for tracking academic planning. Students are recommended to use their Academic Requirements Report for official degree progress tracking and planning, but are welcome to use any of these documents for additional support or reference.
Liberal Studies Program Requirements
The Liberal Studies Core Requirements Handout is a full list (or checklist) that includes all required coursework for the Liberal Studies undergraduate program at CSULB. The Core Requirements consist of 101-104 units, then by senior year breaks into multiple pathways for graduation completion, with all required courses listed in a checklist format. This sheet is used frequently in advising appointments and is generally reflective of a student's Academic Requirements Report (on MyCSULB).
- Declared / Declaring the Major as of Fall 2020 or Later? Refer to the Fall 2020 Liberal Studies Core Requirements Handout (PDF) .
- Declared the Major Prior to Fall 2020? Refer to the Fall 2011 Liberal Studies Core Requirements Handout (PDF) .
Liberal Studies Concentrations
The Liberal Studies Concentrations PDF is a guide for students to use in planning for the concentration requirement as part of the BA pathway of the Liberal Studies program (not for ITEP pathway graduates). For more specific listings of recommended courses for each of the concentrations, refer to the Liberal Studies Concentrations page.
Community College Transfer Credit Guide
The Liberal Studies Community College Transfer Guide (PDF) is a listing of all accepted course equivalencies from our nearby Community College partners. CSULB has pre-arranged agreements for equivalencies and approved substitutions with local Community Colleges, and this document serves as a helpful guide when understanding how coursework will transfer over. If you attend(ed) a Community College not listed on this document, it is recommended to follow www.assist.org to find appropriately equivalent coursework.
ITEP & BA Program Pathways: A Comparison Guide
The Liberal Studies Pathways Comparison Guide (PDF) offers a basic outline of differences and similarities between the two primary pathway options for the Liberal Studies program. Ultimately coursework generally remains the same throughout the BA Core Requirements, but by Senior Year students should determine their pathway to graduation and these requirements will differ depending on end goals.
The Liberal Studies BA and ITEP MSCP Comparison Roadmap illustrates a four-year plan comparison for students pursuing either the BA in Liberal Studies, or the ITEP MSCP pathway including the Multiple Subject Credential Program. This is an example outline and should be noted that Summer and Winter are not included as options (which would lessen unit totals and workloads in Fall/Spring terms). Students should refer to this for guidance and communicate with an Academic Advisor simultaneously to plan accordingly.
The BA - ITEP MSCP Spanish BILA Roadmap (PDF) illustrates a four-year plan comparison for students pursuing either the BA in Liberal Studies, or the ITEP pathway including the Multiple Subject Credential Program and Spanish Bilingual Authorization. This is an example outline and should be noted that Summer and Winter are not included as options (which would lessen unit totals in Fall/Spring terms). Students should refer to this for guidance and meet with an Academic Advisor simultaneously to plan accordingly.
The Liberal Studies ITEP UDCP Roadmap (PDF) illustrates a five-year plan for the ITEP Urban Dual Credential Program Pathway, which includes the BA, Multiple Subject Credential, & Special Education Credential simultaneously. This is an example outline and should be noted that Summer/Winter is not included as options; students can adjust time frame of plan, depending on units completed each term and Summer/Winter options. Students should refer to this for guidance and meet with an Academic Advisor simultaneously to plan accordingly.
Resources Guide for Liberal Studies
The Resources & References Guide (PDF) [Coming Soon - Updates being Made!] is an organizational document which outlines a variety of requirements and deadlines that are embedded throughout the Liberal Studies Program. A table of information regarding credential applications and admissions, program pathways and options, as well as fees and exams to be aware of are outlined for easy use and reference.
If there are questions about this information, email CED-LibSt@csulb.edu