The liberal studies program offers a diversified major in the liberal arts tradition. Unique among majors at La Sierra University, liberal studies has no encapsulated faculty, is integrated over the entire college curriculum, and can be tailored to individualized student interests and needs. Moreover, the liberal studies major is designed for the prospective elementary teacher to fulfill the Multiple Subjects Elementary Education State-Approved Program, to prepare for the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) in Multiple Subjects, and to complete requirements for the California teaching credential. For adult evening students, the College of Arts and Sciences also offers, through the Division of Continuing Studies, a Bachelor of Arts degree with a non- state approved program major in liberal arts. Copies of the requirements for this degree may be secured at the of Arts and Sciences dean’s office, the School of Education Curriculum and Instruction office or online.
The liberal studies major should be considered by those students who wish to meet the requirements for elementary subject matter. The Approved Teacher Education Programs for elementary teaching certification are administered through the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Students who complete the liberal studies major with no substitution for the courses identified in bold type will have completed a Multiple Subject Matter Program for Teaching Credential. These programs are approved by both the Commission on Teacher Credentialing of the State of California and the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Department of Education.