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University Studies


All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:


  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.


Freshmen are automatically enrolled in University Studies. The program is team-taught by master teachers, with a theme-integrated core curriculum designed to help first-year students find a common thread and meaning in a variety of topics.

Program Outcomes

As students work their way through University Studies as undergraduates, the program prepares them for testable levels of competency in the fundamental skills necessary for a productive life. These include:


  • Demonstrated proficiency in English language composition.
  • The successful completion of minimum requirements in the language and skills of mathematics.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a non-English language.
  • An established understanding of the principles of personal health and fitness and of their relationship to public health.


Students will acquire competencies essential for informed inquiry in:


  • Biblical Studies
  • Fine Arts and aesthetics
  • Foundational studies
  • Healthful living
  • Humanities/social sciences/natural sciences
  • Locating, evaluating, and using resources
  • Religious and spiritual dynamics in human experience


To learn more about the objectives and goals of the University Studies program, click here.

Contact Us

To learn more about the University Studies program, contact the Office of University Studies at:

Email: universitystudies@lasierra.edu

Phone: 951.785.2499

Fax: 951.785.2055


University Studies

La Sierra University

4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92515-8247 

Contact Us

University Studies

La Sierra University

4500 Riverwalk Parkway
Riverside, CA 92515




951.785.2055 fax


Office Location:

Administration Building

Room 203


Office Hours:

Monday - Thursday 

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

(closed noon - 1:00 p.m.)


8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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