Mission Statement

The CSU, Chico Liberal Studies Program commits to ensure academic rigor in preparing students who will become the educators, mentors, and leaders in our nation’s schools and throughout society. Academic excellence and commitment to the values of diversity, community, collaboration, and an appreciation for aesthetics distinguish our program graduates.

The program views learning as a transformative, socially interactive process. Engagement in this process requires critical intellectual inquiry, reflection, collaboration, and the exploration of the interconnectedness and relationships among the disciplines, society, and our own humanity. Learning is also enhanced by the use of varying technologies to facilitate research, increase understanding, and promote communication with a variety of audiences in an increasingly diverse world. Furthermore, the connection between theory and practice is valued as essential for students to become informed and inquiring members of society and to serve their community.


  1. Students will have foundational knowledge and recognize significant ideas, concepts, structures, and values within and among the disciplines.
    • Learning Outcomes:

    • a. Students demonstrate foundational understandings, concepts, and values in reading, language and literature, history and social science, mathematics, science, visual and performing arts, health, and human development.
    • b. Students synthesize information from multiple sources.
  2. Students will explore the interconnections and relationships among the various disciplines’ methodology and process skills as they attend to theoretical, ethical, and practical implications.
    • Learning Outcomes:

    • Students apply knowledge from multiple disciplines to understand real-world situations.
  3. Students will communicate clearly and effectively (both verbally and in writing) with a variety of audiences, using appropriate academic discourse and technology.
    • Learning Outcomes:

    • Students organize, write, and/or deliver effective presentations using appropriate academic discourse and technologies
  4. Through coursework and education-based experiential learning opportunities, students will develop interpersonal and collaboration skills, as well as develop an awareness of culturally diverse perspectives.
    • Learning Outcomes:

    • a. Students serve the community in settings where a variety of populations in California are represented.
    • b. Students collaborate and communicate with, and develop an awareness of, individuals with different perspectives and/or cultural backgrounds.
  5. Students will acquire the qualities needed to become life-long learners who can critically analyze and reflect on experiences and apply their learning to develop research skills to draw conclusions.
    • Learning Outcomes:

    • a. Students critically examine evidence as a means to solve problems.
    • b. Students demonstrate an ability to conduct research, analyze evidence, reach conclusions, and relate their own personal theories to empirical research and best practices.
  6. Students will develop an appreciation of the aesthetics within their environment, both manmade structures and natural surroundings.
    • Learning Outcomes:

    • a. Students demonstrate an understanding of various concepts of beauty and their influence on human thought, behavior, and action.
    • b. Students are able to relate various concepts of beauty to the natural environment.