Liberal Studies Advising

General procedures for making an appointment

Academic advisement is generally available Monday through Friday. Walk-in and appointment schedules vary by semester so either call or check the posted schedule outside Tehama 211.

During registration periods

The first week of each semester is by walk-in only so that we may serve students more efficiently. Students who need assistance with long term planning are asked to schedule an appointment during the non-registration periods.

During non-registration periods

Appointments are scheduled for 20-minute sessions. To ensure all students are served in a timely fashion, we ask that students arrive for their appointments on time. Those who are five or more minutes late to their appointment will be asked to reschedule.

Students may meet with any liberal studies advisor. Appointments are made on a first-come/first-call basis. Please plan your appointment well in advance and call us if you need to cancel.

Peer Advising for Liberal Studies (PALS)

Knowledgeable peer advisors will be available for walk-ins and general questions throughout the semester. See posted schedule outside Tehama 211.

First-time Freshmen

In the first semester, students will be directed to complete a liberal studies online workshop. Please make an appointment to meet with an advisor during your first or second semester so that we can meet you and provide you with a major academic plan. Please read the advising syllabus (PDF)

Transfer Students:

Transfer students should meet with a liberal studies advisor as soon as their transcripts have been posted. It is important to have your transcripts evaluated for the major early so that you will know which of your courses satisfy our lower division requirements. We recommend that you meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester of classes. In addition, students will be directed to complete a liberal studies online workshop during their first semester. Please read the advising syllabus (PDF).

Liberal Studies Advisors

Esther L. Larocco, PhD


Liberal Studies Program Coordinator and Advisor

Esther L. Larocco is a full professor in the College of Communication and Education. She earned her Ph.D. in education from U.C. Davis. At CSU, Chico, she also teaches and coordinates the Bilingual Multiple Subject Professional Preparation Program and is currently the Teacher Recruitment Project director. Her educational focus is on English and Spanish literacy development.

Favorite Quote: “Teaching provides a way to stay young at heart, to maintain a lifetime of active learning … It is in every respect a profession of hope.” (Vito Perrone, a teacher)

Fun Fact: Originally came to Chico as an exchange student from Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Rena Marino


Liberal Studies Program Advisor

Rena Marino started her career with CSU, Chico in 2004. Her experience includes working in the office of Regional and Continuing Education, student records, and is currently an advisor in the liberal studies office. She is a CSU, Chico graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in communication studies and a minor in psychology.

Favorite Quote: A college degree is not a sign that one is a finished product but an indication a person is prepared for life. (Reverend Edward A. Malloy)

Pamela Morrell

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Liberal Studies Program Advisor

Pam has been at CSU, Chico since 1998 when she returned to complete her degree. She become a Liberal Studies advisor in 2006 after working elsewhere on campus. In 2002, Pam earned her BA in the Liberal Studies Bilingual option with a minor in Latin American studies. She advises the Student California Teacher’s Association, is a member of the National Academic Advising Association and the CSU, Chico Internationalization Task force and is a Staff Mentor for students of all majors. Pam interned as a third grade English and science teacher in Merida, Mexico and loves to travel.

“Advising Liberal Studies majors is the most rewarding and fun job I’ve ever had. It’s exciting to see students fulfill their goals.”

Peer Advisors in Liberal Studies (PALS)

PALS are a group of dedicated and caring liberal studies majors who’ve ‘been there.’ Peer advisors help students complete class schedules, facilitate group advising workshops, make referrals to campus services, and assist the professional staff with programs and presentations. (Read their bios.)