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, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Program Director, Liberal Studies, BCLA
  • Annette Pijuan Hernandez, Ed.D. Senior Director, Center for Undergraduate Teacher Preparation, School of Education
  • Michael Cersosimo, Ed.D. Academic Advisor, School of Education

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 First Year Schedule


  • MATH 106 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
  • PHIL 1800 - Philosophical Inquiry
  • FFYS 1000 - First Year Seminar
  • ART 250 - Visual Arts for the Elementary Educator
  • HIST 1300 - Becoming America (or other U.S. History course from advisor approved list only)


  • MATH 207 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
  • THST XXXX - Theological Inquiry (FTHI Core)
  • RHET 1000 - Rhetorical Arts
  • Studies in American Diversity - (FDIV Core-take Ethnic Studies Course)
  • PSYC 1000 - General Psychology

Tips and 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.
  • 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.


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