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Liberal Studies Academic Advising

The Liberal Studies major prepares individuals to be future teachers, primarily at the elementary level. The Liberal Studies Department is located in Building 25, Room 125.

Liberal Studies Faculty Advisors:

Faculty advisors take an active role in academic and career advising/mentoring. You are encouraged to meet with your faculty advisor/mentor on a regular basis for guidance and support. Please refer to the chart below for your advisor's name and office location.

Students last name Faculty Advisor/Mentor Office
A-E Prof. Bergen 25-125B2
F-H Prof. Swanagon 25-125E
I-M    Prof. Stauch   


N-R Prof. Flushman 02-133
S-W  Prof. Berber 25-125C

Credit/No Credit Policy

The Liberal Studies allows a maximum of 4 units toward major/support area and a maximum of 4 units toward GE courses.

Courses that are listed in both the GE and major/support (like GEOG 308) count for both areas and if taken as CR/NR it will meet all units allowed.

Change of Major Policy and Procedure

Please see the Changing Your Major page for more information on changing your major to Liberal Studies.

Curriculum Information and Updates

What Can I Do With This Major?

Information for LS Majors Applying to the Multiple Subject Credential Program at Cal Poly:

You are eligible to complete the Step A packet (acceptance into the Multiple Subject Credential Program will allow you to complete the Education method (EDUC 430, 431, 435, 436) courses needed for the major and the teaching credential) once you are within 3-4 quarters of graduating.  If you are not planning to complete you credential here, see an advisor.

It is required that you attend a Step A meeting to learn how to appropriately complete your packet. This should ideally be done the quarter PRIOR to submitting your Step A packet.  For more information on the Step A process, please visit the School of Education website. CSM Advising Staff can only assist you in completing the Study Plan, Change of Degree and Emphasis Area. For all other questions regarding the Step A process, please contact School of Education by emailing: or by calling their office at 805-756-2126.

Students can submit Step A packet beginning the first day of school. The deadline to submit your STEP A packet to the Credential Office (Building 2) is Monday of the 4th week of the quarter by 4:30 pm. No late packets will be considered.


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