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Liberal Studies

 The Department of Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary unit of faculty who are dedicated to student-centered teaching in the areas of K-8 education, geography, and linguistics, and who are internationally recognized for our involvement in community-based research across four continents. Our research covers many areas including language acquisition and documentation, linguistics in K-12 education, human-environment interactions, land use planning, wine and beer production in California, the social context of health, science education and policy, and the role of children in shaping their environment. We are always happy to talk to students and discuss our research, courses, programs, and career options, so come meet us!

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New Faculty

The Liberal Studies Department is excited to welcome Dr. Tihomir Kostadinov as our newest colleague starting in Fall 2018 as Assistant Professor in Environmental Geography. 

In the News:

  • Prof. Jule Gomez de Garcia (Liberal Studies) and Prof. Michael Hughes (Modern Language Studies) directed a group of CSUSM students in linguistic fieldwork in Guatemala. Linguists in Guatemala Story.
  • Prof. Jocelyn Ahlers works with Native California communities who are striving to document and revitalize their languages of heritage.  Native California Communities Story.
  • Prof. Greig Guthey featured in San Diego Magazine: The Garden is His Classroom. Congratulations!
  • Prof. Greig Guthey's Living Laboratory featured on Edible San Diego . Congratulations!
Dr. Greig Guthey in the garden

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