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SDSU Liberal Studies


On this page: See the current advising schedule and learn about advising available for new and current Liberal Studies majors.

The Liberal Studies Office offers advising exclusively to all Liberal Studies majors. Students are supported through a series of workshops, e-mail advising, and one-on-one advising.

The same dedicated advising team will guide you through your pre-major and major courses.

The Importance of Advising

Advising is extremely important because it will provide you with expert guidance in these and many other areas:

  • Choosing your emphasis, focus, and option
  • Selecting appropriate courses
  • Reviewing and updating your Advising Sheet 
  • Preparing for the senior-level assessments
  • Credential programs
  • Financial aid and scholarships
  • International Experience (study abroad)

Your SDSU Liberal Studies Advisor

Michelle Xiong

Ms. Michelle C. Xiong is the Liberal Studies Academic Advisor. Michelle graduated from CSU East Bay and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in Public Management and Policy Analysis.  She believes in an open-door policy and welcomes the opportunity to serve students in the Liberal Studies program. Learn more about Michelle.

New Liberal Studies Students 

After attending new student orientation, you should make an appointment to see the Liberal Studies advisor to set up an advising file. The file will be kept in the Liberal Studies office and used to track your progress through the major.

  • Appointments on Fridays only, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in EBA 259 
  • To make an appointment, email (Please include your Red ID# in the body of your message.)

Note: Appointments are for first advising session only (post-orientation).  Appointments should be made 2 days in advance to allow Michelle time to prepare for your visit.

You should bring any relevant materials to the appointment, including:

  • Advising Sheet 
    After declaring your major, you will use an advising sheet to guide your way through the degree program. Each sheet details all upper-division coursework necessary to complete the emphasis, with suggested course sequence for junior and senior years.

  • Degree Audit Report
    The Degree Audit Report (DAR) shows the classes you have taken and those you must still take. When you meet with Michelle Xiong during your first semester at SDSU, please bring a copy of your DAR. Learn more about the DAR.
  • Transcripts (unofficial is fine) from other institutions
    If classes are not articulated equivalents of SDSU classes, then also bring class descriptions from the previous institution. (To determine if a class from a California community college is equivalent to an SDSU class, check the Assist website.) 

Prospective/Current Student Advising

After your initial in-person advising session, you may walk in or email Michelle.

Walk-in advising

  • Come by for walk-in advising Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,  then 2 to 3:30 p.m. 
    • If you are unable to make any of the above times, email Michelle to arrange a meeting at a different time.
  • Office: EBA 259  (Office of Student Services)


Email your questions to (Current students, please include your Red ID# in the body of your message.)


OSS Additional Advising

The Office of Student Services is a place for Liberal Studies students to charge up, relax, print documents, learn about COE programs, and see an advisor. Find information about SDSU credential programs, financial aid and scholarship opportunities and more at the College of Education, Office of Student Services (OSS).

Questions about advising? Email (Current students, please include your Red ID# in the body of your message.)

All Students

All Liberal Studies students should:

  • Check their degree evaluation through the WebPortal and update their advising sheet each semester.
  • Consult the Liberal Studies advisor whenever they have questions, as a first-semester junior when they are transitioning to the upper-division major, and prior to registering for their last semester.
  • Officially apply for graduation 4-12 months before they intend to graduate. Don't wait too long!

IVC Advising

Photo: Americo Yacopi

Mr. Americo Yacopi, Academic Advisor (Imperial Valley Campus) 


Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon, then 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Friday:  Variable.


Welcome as circumstances permit. 

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