Welcome to the Department of Liberal Studies!
Liberal Studies is one of the largest majors at Fresno State.
The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program is to provide a solid multidisciplinary preparation in the Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, Human Development, and the Arts. Because it is interdisciplinary, it is especially beneficial for future elementary school teachers who are required to teach all subjects.
Students gain a broad, diverse, culturally sensitive perspective by integrating concepts, communicating effectively, thinking critically and creatively, problem solving, and making sound ethical decisions. This richly diversified education is one of the largest majors at Fresno State and provides a foundation for meeting a wide range of future goals.
Educators working for equity and social justice.
- Teaching for social justice
- Culturally sustaining pedagogy
- Universal design for learning
Provide relevant and rigorous subject matter preparation for elementary teaching that is committed to equity and social justice.
Liberal Studies Links
- General Questions
- New Freshmen
- New Transfer Students
- Blended Program
- Liberal Studies STEP Cohorts
- South Valley Integrated Teacher Education Program (ITEP)
**Please note: Students interested in becoming a middle or high school teacher need to earn a degree in the major/subject you are interested in teaching not a liberal studies degree.
Need assistance in CSET Multiple Subjects test preparation?
Test prep books are on reserve in the Henry Madden Library for students with ID card. Visit Library Circulation Desk for more information or call 278-2551.
Additional CSET Preparation!
Fresno Unified has an online calendar for future CBEST, CSET, and RICA Prep classes. RSVP is to attend so materials can be prepared. All classes are free to anyone.
Minor in Urban Civic Education
The Urban Civic Education Minor (15 units) prepares students to become change agents working to address community issues. This interdisciplinary minor is available to all students in any academic discipline and is an excellent complement for students pursuing careers in education, psychology, criminal justice, social services, international affairs, and community advocacy. Service-learning is emphasized throughout the program as a way to link Urban, Civic, & Education studies with community experiences to explore the structures, processes, and issues of diverse urban cultural communities and the impact these have on the communities’ children.
For more information: http://fresnourbanciviced.org/about-the-program/
Department Chair and Staff
Frederick Peinado Nelson
Chair, Department of Liberal Studies (LS)
Office: Education Building, Rm100
Administrative Support Coordinator
Office: Education Building, Rm100
Office: Education Building, Rm 367
De Walt, Patrick
Office: Education Building, Rm 261
Nelson, Frederick Peinado: Department Chair
Office: Education Building, Rm257
Ph.D. in Science Education, University of Florida
M.S. in Science Education, Kansas State University
B.S. in Secondary Education, Kansas State University
Areas of Expertise:
Next Generation Science Standards
Development of reflective practice by preservice teachers
Dynamics of interdisciplinary faculty collaboration
Inquiry as a stimulus for reflection in science methods courses
Learner-centered teaching in university courses
Self-study of teacher education practices
Technology as a process for reflective practice
Teacher inquiry and action research
Van Horn, Selena
Office: Education Building, Rm 351