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Academic Planning Documents

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 and Degree Planner 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).

Liberal Studies Concentrations

The Liberal Studies Concentrations PDF PDF iconis 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) PDF iconis 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) PDF iconoffers 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. 

Graduation Roadmaps 

The BA/ITEP MSCP Roadmaps 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 icon  (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 ITEP UDCP Roadmap PDF icon (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 icon (PDF) 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