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 an advisor. Appointments can also take place by video chat or by phone. The advising center staff is here to support students and answer your questions at every stage, from first year to graduation and beyond.

Liberal Studies majors: First Year students

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

Schedule example for first semester freshmen:

-First Year Seminar

-A1 GE (or remediation)

-Math 100 (or remediation)

-B1-D1 GE for which you meet enrollment criteria

The courses LS Majors must take to satisfy GE and university requirements

Liberal Studies Major requirements for current catalog year.

Liberal Studies majors: New Transfer students

Preparing for your first registration period at CSUMB? This guide will help you determine which requirements have already been met and which classes you should consider taking during your first semester:

Transfer Guide to first semester classes for LS Majors

Liberal Studies Major requirements for current catalog year.

Transfer credit and summer courses

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.

Using the guide below, CSUMB lower division courses that will satisfy the LS major requirements are listed on the left. 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 LS department.

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

Another great source of information about course articulation between colleges is assist.org.

Common course names that will fulfill lower division LS major requirements

If you intend to take summer courses at one of the local community colleges, use the links below to see which community college courses satisfy which Liberal Studies lower division major requirements.

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

Lower division course equivalents at MPC

Lower division course equivalents at Hartnell

Lower division course equivalents at Cabrillo

Lower division course equivalents at Gavilan

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 (above), you can search this site to find a suitable substitute for a lower division LS major requirement. Once you have found one and had it approved, you will need to sign up for that course using that college's website.

Human Development and Family Studies majors

Human Development and Family Studies major requirements for current catalog year.

Which GE and university requirement courses to take as a Human Development and Family Studies major