Advising

Advising in Liberal Studies

As a Liberal Studies student at LMU you have a host of resources to support you! In addition to your designated advisor and the Liberal Studies Program Director, there is also a Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation (CUTP) here to serve you. 

WHO WE ARE

  • Bernadette Musetti, PhD. Associate Professor & Program Director, Liberal Studies
  • Aimee Ross-Kilroy, PhD. Interim Director Liberal Studies & Clinical Professor, English 
  • Annette Pijuan Hernandez, EdD. Senior Director, Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation
  • Michael Cersosimo, MA. Assistant Director, Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation
  • Jeanmarie Ishii-Marshall, Senior Administrative Coordinator, Liberal Studies & Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation 

REGULAR ADVISING IS KEY

It is important to make an appointment to see your advisor each semester to ensure that you are taking the correct courses. Liberal Studies students have a very defined program of study, with few or no electives. Typically, student teaching takes place your final semester. Still, with careful planning many Liberal Studies students manage to study abroad—which is highly recommended if and when possible. In fact, studying abroad is one of the greatest opportunities available to you. LMU has a wide range of programs from which to choose—from Break Trips to summer session or even semester long programs. If this is a goal for you, work closely with your advisor to make this a reality!

GETTING STARTED: A SAMPLE FRESHMAN SCHEDULE

FALL

SPRING

MATH 106

MATH 207

*THEOLOGICAL INQUIRY

PHILOSOPHICAL INQUIRY

*FIRST YEAR SEMINAR

RHETORICAL ARTS

ART 250 (Art for Elementary Teachers)

STUDIES IN AMERICAN DIVERSITY

US HISTORY (“Becoming America” or other advisor approved course)

GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (1000)

 * Note that for both a) First Year Seminar and Rhetorical Arts, as well as for b) Theological Inquiry and Philosophical Inquiry, the semester taken is not important. Rather, the suggestion is that these pairs of classes are taken in different semesters. 

TIPS & IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

  • You may not be dually enrolled at LMU and elsewhere. Be careful that summer courses do not overlap with LMU semesters by even one day.
  • If you want to take a class and transfer it to LMU, you must first fill out and have approved a TRANSFER COURSE APPROVAL form. This will ensure that they course will be transferable. (There are already many transfer agreements with 2-year colleges in place at LMU, thus making it easier to do.)
  • There are currently 3 courses offered at LMU that are approved for American History credit for Liberal Studies majors. They are: Becoming America; US & the Pacific; America and the Atlantic World.
  • EDUR 400 is approved as “ETHICS & JUSTICE” in the LMU core and can be found in the course schedule under the letter “S” for Specialized Programs in Urban Education. (This and Art 250 also carry Engaged Learning flags.)
  • You must maintain at 3.0 GPA for admission to the School of Education.
  • Plan to declare your CONCENTRATION AREA by the end of your freshman year (using the CHANGE OF PROGRAM form—see your advisor). 

You can see a sample 4-year plan in the LMU Bulletin.

FORMS

The Office of the Registrar maintains the most up-to-date list of student forms. Find academic forms.