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College of Education & Integrative Studies

Liberal Studies (LS)

Be more effective in any field by learning to connect different perspectives.

Steve Jobs said, “It’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields the result that makes our hearts sing.” Liberal Studies is where you learn interdisciplinary ways of thinking and doing that give you a platform for success in any field. In today’s digital world where everyone and everything is interconnected, Liberal Studies as a discipline has become more and more relevant. Innovators and leaders in every field need to be able to “connect the dots” and draw from different areas of expertise.

Understand the whole picture

Explore important issues by connecting knowledge from various disciplines such as history, literature, art, and science. Combine classroom learning with hands-on experiences and field trips to venues, such as art or science museums and even the LA Zoo. Work on projects that create new ideas about yourself and the world. As George Bernard Shaw said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about creating yourself.”

students discussing projectsGain a big picture “Liberal Studies mindset,” an asset in both work and life. You’ll have an edge over narrow specialists. Our flexible degree lets you concentrate on your areas of interest. You can also prepare to be an elementary school teacher.

Career possibilities

Your ability to connect ideas and think critically will be an advantage in any profession. Entrepreneur or educator, community leader or technology innovator, administrator or attorney. Your ability to move across a breadth of disciplines will be an asset whether you enter the job market immediately or pursue a specialty in graduate school. 

Liberal Studies is also an excellent undergraduate foundation for becoming an educator. Teachers with a major in LS at Cal Poly Pomona have something extra--- an ability to impart curiosity and integrative thinking to help their students become more successful in work and life. On a practical note, we give you comprehensive subject matter preparation to pass the CSET exam for your teaching credential.