College of Education

Department of Liberal Studies

Congratulations Fall 2020 Dean's List LS & HDFS Students!

Liberal Studies Department Fall 2020 Capstone Festivals

Human Development and Family Science Capstone Festival

Thursday, December 17th, 2 - 4pm

Liberal Studies Capstone Festival

Friday, December 18th, 9am - 12 noon

Crystal Jara Gonzalez

Crystal is currently a student in the Integrated Teacher Education Program, completing her B.A. in Liberal Studies, and credential in Elementary Education in Spring 2021. Through her service as a migrant tutor for California Mini Corps when she was an undergraduate student, and as a substitute teacher for Hollister and Salinas City School districts as a credential student, Crystal has been a role model for elementary students in our local communities, endeavoring to "give them patience, kindness, and inspiration to be good students and become better people." Her goal is to become a bilingual elementary teacher who will have the "privilege and honor of giving [her] students an educational foundation where they can construct their paths to a successful future." She is honored to be selected for the Karen Lynn Rezavy Award, and is grateful for the support it will provide her to meet her goal of becoming an educator.


Denisse Villegas-Ruiz

Denisse completed her B.A. in Liberal Studies in Spring 2020, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Distinction in the Major. As a student in the first cohort in the Teacher Pathway Program, she successfully completed the AA-T in Elementary Education from Hartnell College, and transferred to CSUMB to complete her Bachelor's degree. She is currently in the Elementary Education program at CSUMB, and will complete a Multiple Subjects teaching credential in Spring 2021. Throughout her undergraduate education, Denisse tutored migrant elementary students and supported their families as part of California Mini-Corps, and volunteered as a teacher assistant in elementary schools in South Monterey County. Denisse aspires to be the kind of teacher who will impact the education system and contribute to her community in positive and meaningful ways by "building strong relationships with every one of [her] students, understanding their needs and strengths, and helping them more effectively to reach their maximum academic potential." She is grateful for the Karen Lynn Rezavy Award as it will support her as she works to complete her educational journey, and help her to reach her goal of becoming a teacher and having a positive impact on her community.

The Liberal Studies Department is grateful for the benevolence of Ms. Christina Herzig, whose generous donations in loving memory of her mother, Karen Lynn Rezavy, have provided scholarship awards for 17 Liberal Studies graduates over the past 6 years, supporting them on their journey to becoming teachers.

Liberal Studies Department Degree Programs

Degree Minors

The mission of the Liberal Studies Department is

  • to provide instruction and opportunities that prepare students for future careers, for life-long learning, and for becoming well-educated individuals.
  • to lead the collaboration with other departments, programs, and institutions, on and off campus.
  • to provide a broad-based, interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum to students.
  • to develop action-oriented students who successfully advocate for multiculturalism, multicultural education, pluralism, diversity, and social and ecological justice.
  • to foster students' skills in ethical reflection and critical thinking and in considering the contexts of histories, families, cultures, and communities in their interactions and practice with children, adults, and institutions and ecological systems.

For general questions & more info about the programs

Liberal Studies:

Human Development and Family Science:

The Liberal Studies Department is located in Playa (Bldg. 2) where you will find our main office, and faculty offices.

Visit our Academic Advising site for more information and details on how to reach out to the Liberal Studies & Human Development and Family Science Advisor.