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Liberal Studies

The Liberal Studies program focuses on educating high-quality professionals who have a strong knowledge base and the experiential background to teach in a diverse society. It is designed to provide students with a broadly based liberal arts degree in English, the sciences and math, humanities and fine arts, social sciences, and an area of concentrated study selected by the student.

The Liberal Studies major meets the standards of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for the diversified major but does NOT waive the necessity of passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subject.

The General (Pre-credential) Option

This option is for students who wish to enter a credential program with elementary subject matter prerequisites met.

The Bilingual/Cross-cultural (Pre-credential) Option

The Bilingual/Cross-cultural Option includes courses in Spanish, Mexican/Latino history and culture, and the teaching of English as a second language. Other languages and cultures are possible. Students entering the Bilingual Professional Preparation Program must take the Liberal Studies core courses and the Bilingual/Cross-cultural Option requirements.

The General Online (Pre-credential) Option

Students living outside of Chico are able to participate in this degree completion option. Students complete all lower-division courses and some upper-division courses (or their equivalents) at a community college or other four-year institution. Please contact an advisor at for information.

The Liberal Arts (Non-credential) Option

Students who wish to obtain a liberal arts and sciences background and do not intend to enter the teaching profession select this option.

Integrated Teacher Education Core (ITEC) Option

ITEC is a program option that integrates the bachelor's degree and preliminary credential for individuals who already know they want to become teachers. This accelerated pathway may be completed in four years and includes:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Minor in Special Education
  • Preliminary Credential with options in Multiple Subject (elementary), Education Specialist or Multiple Subject with Bilingual Authorization (the Bilingual Option will require a minimum of 4.5 years to complete)

The Liberal Studies/Child Development Double Major

Students wishing to obtain two majors within their BA degree, preparing for careers in both elementary teaching and early childhood education, may choose the double major option.

Career Outlooks

The projected need for elementary educators over the next five years in California is high. See a Liberal Studies advisor for information on subject matter authorizations and minors to develop even broader teaching opportunities.

Businesses and the helping professions are interested in hiring competent people with a multidisciplinary background. Students should consult with their advisor or a career counselor concerning the range of opportunities.

Subject Matter Competency

All students who plan to enter a credential program must further demonstrate competency in the subject matter by passing the California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET): Multiple Subject and satisfy the basic writing skills requirement. Liberal Studies advisors will provide you with information about the exams and prerequisites for credential programs.

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