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SDSU Liberal Studies

Newly Admitted Students

On this page: Find helpful information for new (first-year) and transfer students entering the Liberal Studies major at SDSU.

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Welcome to SDSU and Liberal Studies in the School of Teacher Education, a department of the College of Education. We are glad you're here, and we're here to help you throughout your degree process.

If you are a transfer student from another college or university, be sure to read to the bottom of this page for additional instructions and further information.

New Student Checklist

3 Steps - for all newly admitted students . . .

Step 1. Orientation

Orientation is Step 1, and it's an important step, whether you are an incoming freshman or transferring to SDSU from another institution. Orientations are essential to a successful start at SDSU.

All newly admitted students must attend an orientation before they are eligible for individual advising. Plus, attending an in-person orientation allows you to register early for classes!

Step 2. See the Liberal Studies advisor

Your second step as a new or transfer student is to make an appointment with your advisor in the Office of Student Services (OSS), located in EBA 259. An appointment is required for first-time visits. (Afterwards, simply drop by during walk-in hours or email for assistance: (include your Red ID # in your email.)

Step 3. Explore resources, support, opportunities

A. Explore this website for links to information for current students about ways to get involved, resources and support, study abroad, and more!

B. Explore the Student Affairs website to learn about Welcome Week, Aztec Nights, SDSU traditions, how to find a job, where to eat on and around campus, housing options, and much more!

For Transfer Students Only

Are you a newly admitted transfer student? Welcome to SDSU! If you have not done so already, you will need to complete the following additional 3 steps:

1. Liberal Studies Math Proficiency Assessment

Transfer students should make every effort to pass the Liberal Studies Math Proficiency Assessment before entering SDSU. If you have not taken the equivalent of our Math 210 and 211, don't take the assessment until you have completed those classes.

2. Writing Placement Assessment

Transfer students should make every effort to take the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) the summer before entering SDSU.

3. Advising sheet

You should also complete a Liberal Studies advising sheet (consult a Liberal Studies advisor).

About Electives

Students intending to transfer to liberal studies from local community colleges are strongly encouraged to use electives to complete courses equivalent to Exercise and Nutritional Sciences 241A, 241B; Mathematics 211; Mathematics Education 212; and Music 102, so that they will have elective units available if they wish to pursue a career option that requires additional coursework or prerequisites. Transfer students should not take focus or option courses prior to matriculating at SDSU.

Education Generalist Emphasis

Note that the Education Generalist emphasis is open only to transfer students who have completed the Transfer Model Curriculum. To learn more, consult the Liberal Studies advisor.

SDSU General Catalog

The SDSU General Catalog (PDF) contains important information for transfer students (see page 15-16).

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