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Liberal Studies
SDSU Liberal Studies

About the Emphasis

On this page: Learn about the Liberal Studies emphasis, which involves specific coursework and a degree pathway that is geared to a specific professional purpose.


What is an Emphasis?

Students in the Liberal Studies major will follow on one of the several pathways toward the degree. Each pathway, or emphasis, involves specific coursework and is geared to a specific professional purpose.

  • Learn more about the different emphasis choices, and explore which one is right for you, in Pathways to Teaching.

Elementary Education Emphasis

Designed primarily for students who wish to teach at the elementary school level or pursue a career that requires an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree. Students in the elementary education emphasis complete both a focus and an option. Those whose focus is Literacy may do extra preparation to become authorized to teach English at the middle school level. Learn more about the Elementary Education Emphasis.

Education Generalist Emphasis

Open only to transfer students, prepares them to teach elementary school. Students in this emphasis complete only the focus (no option). Those whose focus is Literacy may do extra preparation to become authorized to teach English at the middle school level. Learn more about the Education Generalist Emphasis.

Mathematics Emphasis

Some Liberal Studies majors discover, as they complete their core coursework, that they have an exceptional aptitude in mathematics. Those who wish to explore the subject in greater depth can choose to follow an extended pathway where they complete additional, advanced coursework. This emphasis prepares them to teach math at the middle school level. Learn more about the Mathematics Emphasis.

Science Emphasis

Some Liberal Studies majors discover, as they complete their core coursework, that they have an exceptional aptitude for science. Those who wish to explore the subject in greater depth can choose to follow an extended pathway where they complete additional, advanced coursework. This emphasis prepares them to teach science at the middle school level. Learn more about the Science Emphasis.

ITEP Emphasis

Stands for “Integrated Teacher Education Programs.” Combines the study of academic subjects with professional preparation courses and field experiences into a 4-year program that equips graduates to teach elementary school. This emphasis will be available at SDSU as early as Fall 2018. Learn more about the ITEP Emphasis.

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