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.