College of Communication & Education

B.A. in Liberal Studies

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The CSU, Chico Liberal Studies Program is an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree designed to prepare students for careers elementary education. This interdisciplinary program consists of courses offered in 17 departments and 4 colleges. The curriculum explicitly and intentionally highlights anti-oppressive, inclusive, asset-based teaching approaches grounded in a critical pedagogy in order to prepare transformational intellectual teacher-scholars. Grounded in culturally sustaining pedagogies that nurture socially just practices, the Liberal Studies program prepares students for diverse classrooms. Such emancipatory, humanizing educational approaches informed by resistance and counter deficit views of students of color prepare beginning educators to teach their students to bring to bear the disciplinary knowledge they learn to solve challenging problems in their communities.

The program offers several baccalaureate degree emphases: General pre-credential, Bilingual pre-credential and Dual Major Liberal Studies and Child Development. The Liberal Studies Program also offers a nationally-recognized fully online degree completion program for students who are not in our local service area.  Finally, for students who want a four-year Liberal Arts degree the program offers a non-teaching Liberal Arts degree.

There are three pathways for getting a BA degree in Liberal Studies. One is a four-year pre-credential degree preparing students to apply for a credential program. Two pathways offer students a BA degree combined with a teaching credential.  

Graphic showing the three pathways for a LBST bachelors degree