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!
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Option for Teachers (ESM)
This program prepares students seeking to enter the CSUSM School of Education's Credential Program.
The Geography Minor provides a broad preparation in geography and geographic information systems with an emphasis on systems thinking.
The Linguistics Minor provides a strong foundation in linguistics and a unique undergraduate opportunity to conduct field work.
Integrated Teacher Education Program
This program will be launched soon. It provides future teachers with an accelerated pathway to becoming a California teacher.
Our department manages a state-of-the-art G.I.S. teaching and learning laboratory with 35 workstations, breakout tables for discussion and group work, and a new augmented reality sand table for studying physical geographical processes.
Geography Information Systems Open Lab Schedule (GIS Lab)Social and Behavioral Sciences Bldg (SBSB 1108)
In Fall 2018, the GIS Lab has open lab hours on Monday from 4-6 pm and on Friday from 8-10 am. If you would like to reserve this lab, please email Carrie Dyal at email@example.com.
Department faculty coordinate a growing Gardening Club on the campus that farms portions of the departments organic garden and food justice project, known as the Sustainable Food Project.
More information will be available soon.
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.