BA in Liberal Studies

Chico Distance and Online Education ProgramOnline Degree Completion Program

Liberal Studies is the major that prepares students for elementary school teaching in California. The Liberal Studies major is among the oldest and largest majors on campus and continues the longstanding historical tradition of preparing future teachers and teacher leaders for educational careers. As an interdisciplinary major, Liberal Studies students develop a strong knowledge base in multiple disciplines (English, math, science, history/social science, art, music, theatre, physical education, and psychology) and take courses with faculty who have expertise in these disciplines, many of whom have been recognized for their outstanding teaching abilities.

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Online Option at Chico State is a degree completion program consistently ranked among the best online bachelor’s in Liberal Studies programs. Students who complete an online BA in Liberal Studies are well prepared to enter Multiple Subjects credential programs with the goal of teaching in elementary, self-contained classrooms, and special education K-12 school settings. After completing a BA in Liberal Studies, students will need to complete a Multiple Subjects Credential Program in order to receive a teaching credential. At this time Chico State does not offer any online credential programs.

Coursework

Liberal Studies Online Degree Completion ProgramThe General Education (GE) requirements for the Liberal Studies major are specific to the California State Content Standards for K-8 Teachers and the waiver for the Multiple Subjects California Subject Examination for Teachers (CSET) exam. Please be aware:

  • As a degree completion program, not all lower division courses are available fully online from Chico State. Additionally, GE courses taken at other institutions may not satisfy Liberal Studies major requirements at Chico State. Visit www.assist.org to view equivalencies at your California Community College.
  • Students who are transferring from other CSU’s will be required to take at least 30 units from Chico State to meet the Residency Requirement for graduation.
  • There is no articulation between CSU campuses. Courses taken at other CSUs may not be required or transferable to Chico State.
  • View the Liberal Studies online Major Academic Plan (MAP)

Application Process

Students who live outside of Chico and meet Chico State admission requirements are eligible to apply to the Liberal Studies Online program. Students who have been accepted to the program will be invited to an orientation for online students where they will have an opportunity to meet with a Liberal Studies advisor. Student transcripts take some time to post in the system. 

The application period for spring 2023 is August 1–September 30, 2022. The application period for fall 2023 is October 1–December 15, 2022. If you would like to start in Fall 2022, please complete the Request for Information form in the sidebar for additional information.

View complete application and admissions information.

Program Advising

Rena Marino, Lead Progam Advisor
Leanne Woods, Program Advisor

530-898-5802 | lsonadv@csuchico.edu
http://www.csuchico.edu/lbst