May 18, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
    
University Catalog 2023-2024

Department of Liberal Studies


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Information about the Department of Liberal Studies

Office

Engineering and Technology A405
Phone: (323) 343-4100
Website: Department of Liberal StudiesDepartment of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Chair

Michael Willard
Email: mwillar@calstatela.edu
Phone: (323) 343-4100
 

Overview

Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers students the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree grounded in the humanities and qualitative social sciences. The Liberal Studies major provides an appropriate foundation for professional training in education, librarianship, law, medicine, various fields of public service, and business and industry. In addition, with careful selection of electives, students may prepare for graduate study in such areas as education, American studies, communications, English, cultural studies, history, film and television studies, and the social sciences.

The Faculty

Professors: Patrick B. Sharp, Victor Viesca, Michael Willard (Chair)
Assistant Professor: Claudia Diera
Emeriti: D. Robert DeChaine

Overview

Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers students the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree grounded in the humanities and qualitative social sciences. The Liberal Studies major provides an appropriate foundation for professional training in education, librarianship, law, medicine, various fields of public service, and business and industry. In addition, with careful selection of electives, students may prepare for graduate study in such areas as education, American studies, communications, English, cultural studies, history, film and television studies, and the social sciences.

Mission statement

The mission of the Liberal Studies department is to provide students with a solid interdisciplinary education in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and the Arts, preparing them to pursue post-graduate work and careers in education, government, law, business, the nonprofit sector, and several other fields. Through the Liberal Studies curriculum, the students will learn how disciplines work, how they resemble and differ from one another, and how they fit together into a bigger picture. The Liberal Studies faculty will train students to think critically about the ways in which meaning is generated and disseminated through various practices, beliefs, and institutions. The Liberal Studies faculty will expose students to diverse thinking and approaches, preparing them to become productive and empowered members of our globalized society, where knowledge is highly specialized, diverse, and interconnected. Our graduates will be prepared to traverse and integrate multiple fields and think critically about the ethical and societal implications of how knowledge is produced, organized, and valued in our world.

Programs

    Degree - UndergraduateDegree - Minor

    Courses

      Liberal Studies (Undergraduate)

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