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Bachelor of Arts in 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.

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.

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

Educational Pathways 

STEP Cohorts

Students in a STEP cohort will have all the same peers in their classes and cohort-specific faculty to assist your cohort's success. 


ITEP Program

Partnering with South Valley community colleges, complete your B.A. in Liberal Studies and Teaching Credential in just four years!


Add a BAP

Work with English Learner students in grades K-12. Begin courses towards a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish or Hmong during your liberal studies degree.



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
  • 39 Upper Division Units
  • ENGL 117W or LS 110WS (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.

Test Preparation

Test prep books are on reserve in the 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. 


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