The Liberal Studies major 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 (except the non-credential pattern) 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).

The General (Pre-credential) Pattern

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

The General Online (Pre-credential) Pattern

Students who wish to complete prerequisites for a credential program, but live outside the Chico area take the online pattern. All lower-division courses and some upper-division courses must be completed by taking equivalents at a community college or other four-year institution. Please contact an advisor at for information.

The Bilingual/Cross-cultural Pattern

Students who wish to enter a credential program with Bilingual/Cross-cultural and elementary prerequisites met enroll in this pattern. This pattern includes courses in Spanish, Mexican/Latino history and culture, and the teaching of English as a second language. Other languages and cultures are possible.

The Liberal Arts (Non-credential) Pattern

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

The Liberal Studies Integrated Teacher CORE (ITC) Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (Blended Program)

The Integrated Teacher CORE combines the BA in Liberal Studies and the Multiple Subject Credential Program. Early field experiences, integrated curriculum, and a streamlined, focused program are the ITC’s distinctive features. Students in this program are often able to complete their entire program in less time than by traditional means.

The Liberal Studies/Child Development Program

This is for students who wish to obtain two majors within their BA degree, preparing for careers in both elementary teaching and early childhood education.

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 liberal arts and sciences backgrounds. Students pursuing a Liberal Studies degree for reasons other than teaching should consult with their faculty advisor or a career counselor concerning the range of opportunities for people with a liberal arts background.

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). See your Liberal Studies advisor early in your academic career for information regarding preparation for the exam and other prerequisites for credential programs.