Students must work with a faculty advisor to develop a Program of Study for this emphasis.
You must meet with the faculty advisor within 60 days of beginning to take classes at CSU Channel Islands.

While providing a core foundation in the four CI Mission pillars of interdisciplinary, experiential, multicultural, and international perspectives on learning, the Liberal Studies B.A. provides flexibility for students to develop knowledge and skills that support their individual career aspirations.

The Liberal Studies Concentrated Studies Emphasis (LSCS) is an option for students whose educational or career goals are not met by any of CI’s existing degree programs. LSCS permits students to design a complete 120-credit interdisciplinary program of study suited to their individual needs. This program thus provides extraordinary opportunities for creativity in educational planning and allows students to benefit from a wide range of CI’s faculty and other resources. To become a LSCS major, a student must work with the Liberal Studies Director to prepare a carefully conceived program of study.

Planning a LSCS major takes time and commitment; considerable thought and discussion are required, since the student is, in effect, proposing that the university supports an individually-tailored degree program. It also requires that the student assumes a large portion of the responsibility for his or her educational choices.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Synthesize content knowledge, ideas, and approaches from integrative perspectives across disciplines to examine societal issues.
  2. Demonstrate the capacity to lead others in addressing issues of public concern;
  3. Examine societal issues from multiple cultural perspectives;
  4. Evaluate societal issues in the context of international perspectives;
  5. Analyze oral or written communication for accuracy of content, logic of argument, and clarity of reasoning.

Careers

A wide variety of careers are available to students who complete this emphasis. Graduates find entry into careers in business, government, and social service agencies. A small selection of the careers pursued by CI Liberal Studies graduates include: entry-level management personnel, public relations personnel, law enforcement officer, fireman, non-profit organizational director, and customer service representative. Many individuals also use the Liberal Studies degree to improve their current employment standing. In addition to receiving significant and positive life changes as a result of a Liberal Studies degree, these graduates report pay raises and promotions as tangible benefits to receiving their degree.