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Liberal Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies is one of the largest majors at Fresno State. The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program is to provide a solid multidisciplinary preparation in the Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, Human Development, and the Arts. Because it is interdisciplinary, it is especially beneficial for future elementary school teachers who are required to teach all subjects. 

Students gain a broad, diverse, culturally sensitive perspective by integrating concepts, communicating effectively, thinking critically and creatively, problem solving, and making sound ethical decisions. This richly diversified education provides a foundation for meeting a wide range of future goals.

Please note: Students interested in becoming a middle or high school teacher need to earn a degree in the major/subject you are interested in teaching not a liberal studies degree.

Educational Pathways

Do you want to become an elementary or special education teacher? Liberal Studies students have the opportunity to begin a Multiple Subject or Education Specialist credential program within the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree. 

To determine if you qualify to begin this program option and join a STEP cohort, schedule an appointment with a Liberal Studies Advisor. The advisor will review all coursework to determine the best plan of action for each individual student. Some students will elect to graduate first and begin the credential program after the degree is granted.

Program Requirements

General Education (G.E.) Requirements: Liberal Studies majors must complete a minimum of 52 semester units of General Education. Unlike other majors, Liberal Studies combine major and G.E. requirements.

Graduation Requirements: Liberal Studies majors must complete the following in order to receive their B.A.

  • 120 Cumulative Units
  • 40 Upper Division Units
  • ENGL 117W (Upper Division Writing Skills: Must be completed no later than the term in which 60 units are completed.)
  • 2.0 GPA (Major, Campus, Cumulative)

Visit the catalog to learn more about program requirements.

Earn a Bilingual Authorization

Do you want to work with English Learner student in grades K-12? Pursue a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish or Hmong before starting the multiple subject credential program. Learn more here.


Are you ready to apply? Visit to learn more about the admissions process.

Test Preparation

Test prep books are on reserve in the Henry Madden Library for students with an ID card. Fresno Unified has an online calendar for future CBEST, CSET, and RICA prep classes. RSVP is required to attend so materials can be prepared. All classes are free to anyone. 

Liberal Studies News

  • Fresno State Professor Appears on One of Trebek's Final Jeopardy! Airings
  • Ariel Mendez Fresno State Graduate Helps Homeless
  • Liberal Studies STEP Cohorts Exceed CSU Graduation Rates
  • Increasing Bilingual and Latinx Teachers in the Valley