Liberal Studies Major

Discover what you can learn and where a liberal studies major can take you.

Liberal studies is a pre-professional program leading to a multiple subject and/or special education credential. Our mission is to ensure that graduates receive a strong subject matter foundation and fieldwork experiences that prepare them for a teaching career. The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

student in classroom


  • Working with children and helping them to be successful
  • Learning and teaching processes
  • Doing fieldwork in K-8 classrooms
  • Learning about a wide range of subjects and disciplines

icon Learn

  • Connections between coursework and K-8 standards
  • Integration of subject matter
  • Sensitivity to diversity
  • Effective communication
  • Reflection on teaching
  • and learning


  • Teaching
  • School administration
  • School counseling
  • Speech pathology
  • Social work

icon Career Opportunities

  • Turlock Unified School District
  • Modesto City Schools
  • Ceres School District
  • Stockton School District
  • Merced School District
  • Manteca Unified School District
  • Tracy School District
  • And other school districts
    across the state of California

icon Degrees and Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Liberal studies offers an approved Subject Matter Preparation Program leading to the Multiple Subject Credential Program (elementary education)

Liberal Studies Student

"What I love about liberal studies is the opportunity to pursue a career in making a difference in children’s lives, as my teachers have made in mine."

Katie Alosi
Liberal Studies Student