Liberal Studies Department Advising

The Liberal Studies Department Advising Center serves Liberal Studies majors and Human Development and Family Studies majors seeking academic advising. If you are unable to find an answer to your question on the website, or for a more detailed discussion, you can make an appointment with the LS/HDFS advisor, Erika Miguel.

Appointments can also take place by video chat or by phone. The advising staff is dedicated to supporting students and will answer your questions at every stage, from prospective students to graduation and beyond.

If you are interested in creating a learning plan, you could start the process by using the "My Learning Plan" tool on your Oasis. Please make sure to review your learning plan with the LS/HDFS Advisor.

First Semester Course Recommendations for Liberal Studies Freshmen & Transfers

Liberal Studies majors: First Year students

Liberal Studies majors have very specific courses that must be taken to fulfill the GE requirements. Please use the following links to ensure that the GE courses you choose are applicable to the LS major.

Sample Schedule for First Semester: Freshmen

14-16 units recommended for first semester:

  1. First Year Seminar: FYS 181: Multicultural Health (4 units), FYS 182: Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll (4 units), or FYS 183: Eat, Love, Learn (4 units)
  2. A1 GE: Any approved, HCOM 211: Reading Writing Crit Thkg (4 units) recommended
  3. B4 GE: MATH 100: Quantitative Literacy (3 units)
  4. B1-D1 GE for which you meet the enrollment criteria. See chart below for the specific Liberal Studies GE requirements.
AREA GENERAL EDUCATION (GE) COURSE
A1 Oral & Written Communication HCOM 211: Reading Writing Crit Thkg (4 units) (Recommend but any approved)
A2/A3 Oral & Written Communication, Critical Thinking, and Ethics HCOM 213: Introduction to Communication Ethics (4 units) or HCOM 214: Interpersonal Comm & Conflict (4 units) (Recommended but any approved)
A4 GWAR LS 300: Major ProSeminar (4 units)
B1 Physical Science PHYS 121: Integrated Physical Science (3 units) and GEOL 210: Introduction to Earth Science (3 units)
B2 Life Science BIO 204: Introduction to Life Science (3-4 units)
B3 Laboratory Practice PHYS 121L: Integrated Phy Science Lab (1 units)
B4 Mathematics MATH 100: Quantitative Literacy (3 units)
C1 Arts LS 233: Arts in the School and Community (4 units)
C2 Humanities GS 214: Global History I: Ancient Times to 1500 (4 units) and LS 394S: Multicultural Literature Child & Young Adults Service Learning (2 units)
C3 World Languages & Cultures ASL, SPAN, ITAL, or JAPN 101/102/201
D1 Social Science HDEV 260: Introduction to Child Development (4 units)
D2 US Histories & Democratic Participation SBS 385: Environmental History of California (3-4 units)
D3 Lower Division Service Learning LS 277S: Schooling in Modern Society (6 units)
D4 Upper Division Service Learning LS 390: Culturally Relevant Literature for Children and Adolescents (3 units) and LS 394S: Multicultural Literature Child & Young Adults Service Learning (2 units); and LS 398S: Social Foundations of Multicultural Education SL (2 units)
E Health & Well Being FYS 181: Multicultural Health (4 units), FYS 182: Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll (4 units), or FYS 183: Eat, Love, Learn (4 units)

Liberal Studies majors: New Transfer students

Courses to Take Your First Semester

It is recommended to take 14-16 units during your first semester. You should take up to four of the following:

Other Considerations: Lower-Division Content Courses

Have you completed the content courses listed below with a grade of C or better? If you have not, you could register for the CSUMB equivalent during your first semester.

Content Course CSUMB Equivalent
Earth Science: Geology, Physical Geography GEOL 210: Introduction to Earth Science (3 units)
Life Science: Biology BIO 204: Introduction to Life Science (3-4 units)
Physical Science: Physics and Chemistry PHYS 121/L: Integrated Physical Science (4 units)
Child Development or Infancy through Adolescence HDEV 260: Introduction to Child Development (4 units)
Ancient World History up to the year 1500 GS 214: Global History I: Ancient Times to 1500 (4 units)
US History up to 1865 or 1877 HCOM 251: Introduction to US History (3 units)
Intro to Education must include a minimum of 30 hours of field work in K-8th grade LS 277S: Schooling in Modern Society (6 units)
Visual and Performing Arts: Must include all four areas (music, dance, theater/dram, and visual art) LS 233: Arts in the School and Community (4 units)

First Semester Course Recommendations for Human Development and Family Studies Freshmen & Transfers

Freshmen

Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) majors are able to fulfill the lower-division GE requirements through many different courses.

Sample Schedule for HDFS Freshmen: First Semester

Use the Class Schedule to look through the courses before adding them to your shopping cart, and/or registering.

14-16 units recommended for first semester:

  1. A1: Oral & Written Communication (Any approved)
  2. B4: Mathematics (Any approved)
  3. C3: World Languages & Culture (Any approved)
  4. First Year Seminar (Any approved)
AREA GENERAL EDUCATION COURSE
A1 Oral & Written Communication Any approved
A2/A3 Oral & Written Communication, Critical Thinking, and Ethics Any Approved
A4 GWAR Any Approved; CHHS 302: Professional Communication for the Health & Human Services Professions (4 units), or HCOM 312: Deliberation and Advocacy (4 units), or LS 300: Major ProSeminar (4 units) Recommended
B1 Physical Science Any Approved
B2 Life Science Any Approved
B3 Laboratory Practice Any Approved
B4 Mathematics Any Approved; STAT 100: Introduction to Statistics (3 units) Recommended
C1 Arts Any Approved
C2 Humanities Any Approved
C3 World Languages & Cultures ASL, SPAN, ITAL or JAPN 101/102/201
D1 Social Sciences HDEV 260: Introduction to Child Development (4 units)
D2 US Histories & Democratic Participation Any Approved
D3 Lower-Division Service Learning Any Approved
D4 Upper-Division Service Learning HDEV 380S: Service Learning Human Dev (2 units)
E Health & Well Being KIN 360: Nutritional Science (3 units) or KIN 363: Human Sexuality (3 units)

Transfers

It is recommended to take 14-16 units during your first semester. You should take up to four of the following:

Community College Courses: Transfer Credit and Summer Courses

Transfer Credit

If you have taken courses at a community college or other university, the first step in receiving credit is to have your transcripts sent to the CSUMB Registrar.

You can view how your transfer credit has articulated to CSUMB by accessing your Transfer Credit Report in Oasis.

The Liberal Studies, B.A. lower division courses and their community college equivalents are listed below. The common titles that will satisfy the requirement are listed to the right. You are welcome to confirm that a course can be substituted by emailing a course description to the Liberal Studies department.

CSUMB Liberal Studies Lower-Division Major Course Community College Equivalent
PHYS 121/L: Integrated Physical Science (4 units) Survey of Chemistry AND Physics
BIO 204: Introduction to Life Science (3-4 units) Introduction to Biology
Laboratory Activity Science Lab: Associated with the course taken to satisfy the science lab requirement
LS 233: Arts in the School and Community (4 units) A survey course of art, music, dance, and theater; OR multiple courses that cover all four content areas. 
GS 214: Global History I: Ancient Times to 1500 (4 units) World History (Ancient up to the year ~ 1500)
HCOM 251: Introduction to US History (3 units) U.S. History (Colonial Era to Reconstruction)
HDEV 260: Introduction to Child Development (4 units) Child & Adolescent Development
MATH 100: Quantitative Literacy (3 units) Math course that covers number systems
GEOL 210: Introduction to Earth Science (3 units) Survey of Earth Science
LS 277S: Schooling in Modern Society (6 units) Introduction to Education course with field experience (minimum of 30 hours in a K-8 school setting)

Local Community College Equivalents

Did you take or are you interested in taking courses at Cabrillo, Hartnell, MPC, and/or Gavilan? If you are looking for the exact community college equivalents of the Liberal Studies lower-division major courses at these local community colleges, then please reach out to the Liberal Studies department email (liberal_studies@csumb.edu).

Summer Courses

If you intend to take any of the lower-division Liberal Studies courses at a community college, please use the table above for community college equivalents.

Once the class is complete and a grade is posted, don't forget to have the transcript sent to CSUMB.

Taking Courses Online

The California Virtual Campus (CVC) is a website that compiles all of the online courses offered throughout the state. Using the guide to common course titles in the Transfer Credit section above, you can search this site to find a suitable substitute for a lower division LS major requirement. Once you have found one please reach out to the Liberal Studies Advisor for approval; you will need to sign up for that course using that college's website.