Liberal Studies Program

Liberal Studies

CSUN Liberal Studies Department Statement in Solidarity with APIDA

The faculty, advisors and staff of the Liberal Studies Department grieve with the families of Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, and Paul Andre Michels. We stand in solidarity with Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islanders, and Desi American communities who have confronted, often silently, far too much racist and sexual violence along with xenophobia not just on March 16th, 2021, but from the very beginnings of our country. As a program that trains and prepares our diverse, largely female, students to become elementary school teachers, we work to clarify the intersectionality of gender, race and sexuality and to support curriculum that foregrounds these connections. We are especially aware of the power of racist rhetoric that has historically been used to justify state violence and fearmongering against Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islanders, and Desi American communities (APIDA). We strive to educate our future teachers to dismantle the pernicious structures of white supremacist misogyny in our society and in our educational institutions.

The Liberal Studies Department has transitioned to online services and is available to answer your questions. If you want to schedule a virtual appointment with an advisor, please call our main office at (818) 677-3300. We will respond to your request as soon as possible during regular business hours, calls will be answered during the following hours 9 am-1 pm & 2-4 pm Monday through Friday.

We appreciate your understanding and patience with the high volume of calls during virtual delivery of services. If you are experiencing difficulty getting through, please continue to call (818) 677-3300.

For quick questions, please email ONE of our advisors:

Jonathan B. Martinez: jonathan.b.martinez@csun.edu (For ITEP Freshman and new student inquiries).

Martha Campos: martha.campos@csun.edu (For ITEP Junior, Pre-Credential, and Interdisciplinary Studies Option inquiries and students with last names beginning with A to L).

 Mary Dudley: mary.dudley@csun.edu (For ITEP Junior, Pre-Credential, and Interdisciplinary Studies Option inquiries and students with last names beginning with M to Z).

If you are interested in becoming a Liberal Studies Major, you can self-enroll in the Liberal Studies Canvas page where you will find links to course plans, faqs, campus resources, professional development workshops, and information on applying to the credential program and student teaching: https://canvas.csun.edu/enroll/D9W36A.


EXTRA STAFF OFFICE HOURS WILL RESUME IN THE FALL SEMESTER


 CSUN Liberal Studies Department Statement in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

The faculty, advisors and staff of the Liberal Studies Department at CSUN grieve with the families of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and countless others whose lives have been lost to structural police violence and systematic state terror. We stand in unwavering solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. As educators of future elementary school teachers, we know all too well the systemic and pernicious racial injustices of the school to prison pipeline and the specific plight of Black and Brown students in this country. We remain committed to promoting anti-racist pedagogies and to providing our CSUN students and thereby their K-6 students with the necessary tools to fight for more investment in public education and to produce a more equitable, compassionate, and just society.

 In community and solidarity,

The Liberal Studies Department at CSUN

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2020 Liberal Studies ZOOM Award Ceremony

The Liberal Studies Department is an interdisciplinary major which offers a degree program under the College of Humanities leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. The Liberal Studies major is designed to provide a broad, undergraduate liberal arts education, with a balance among the language arts, natural sciences and mathematics, humanities, visual and performing arts, and social sciences.

Services We Offer

The Liberal Studies Department offers a wide variety of support services in order to advise and mentor new and continuing students towards graduation.  Liberal Studies majors, Humanities minors and Sustainability minors can take advantage of the following services:

  • Academic Advisement (General Education and Major/Minor)
  • University Policy and Procedure Advisement
  • Credential Admission Preparation (ITEP)
  • Graduation Planning

Students interested in a Liberal Studies major are required to first complete a virtual workshop prior to scheduling a virtual advisement appointment with an advisor.  To find the appropriate workshop, select “New Students” at the top of this page.

Students interested in declaring a Humanities minor or Sustainability minor may call the Liberal Studies Department to schedule a virtual advisement appointment.

For quick questions, please contact your Sustainability minor faculty advisor:

Dr. Bhakthavatsalam, Sindhuja: sindhuja.bhakthavatsalam@csun.edu.