Degree Programs

Academic Information

Hutchins School of Liberal Studies Upper Division Major Concentrations

Hutchins offers a distinctive, interdisciplinary 40+ unit Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies culminating in the curation and presentation of a student portfolio in a Hutchins senior capstone course. Students choose among three different major concentration tracks, based on their interests and career aspirations. These tracks are as follows:

Interdisciplinary Studies Major (Track I): This track allows students to develop an individualized study plan tailored to their career and academic interests, incorporating Hutchins seminar classes, workshops, independent studies, internships, and study away experiences.

Elementary Teaching Pre-Credential Preparation (Track II): Students in this track complete Hutchins coursework and all teacher preparation prerequisites to enter the SSU School of Education's Multiple Subject and Special Education Credential Programs.

Blended Elementary Teaching Preparation + Credential Program (Track III): This accelerated track combines the LIBS B.A. degree with a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Students entering as First Time First Year complete a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies as well as fulfill requirements for a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in four years. Beginning in Fall 2021 we are introducing a transfer pathway in which students with 60+ transferred units of appropriate coursework can complete the Blended LIBS B.A. and Multiple Subject Teaching Credential in just 5 semesters. The Multiple Subject Credential allows graduates to immediately begin teaching in California public elementary schools upon graduation.

Career Prospects 

The Hutchins School of Liberal Studies provides effective preparation for a wide variety of careers that require creativity, collaboration, independent thinking, and effective communication. Hutchins graduates do especially well in education, counseling, social services, diplomacy, law, media, journalism, and many types of business. Hutchins school alumna have entered M.A. and Ph.D. programs in fields as diverse as American Studies, Anthropology, Counseling, Education, English, History, Law, Library Science, Management, Medieval Studies, Physics, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Theater Arts. 


What are the Different Tracks in the Hutchins School?


Hutchins Lower Division Interdisciplinary General Education Program:

A first and second year learning community open to all SSU students

The Hutchins School of Liberal Studies offers a unique, CSU-approved and articulated approach to first and second year general education (GE) requirements. The completion of four 9-unit, interdisciplinary seminars in addition to a GE B4 math course (taken outside of the Hutchins School) fulfills all SSU lower division General Education requirements.

Why Hutchins is a Great Choice

By participating in a Sonoma State learning community, students are given an opportunity to connect with the university while taking innovative and academically enriching classes. Hutchins offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum that spans the first two years at SSU.

There are many benefits to actively participating in The Hutchins First and Second Year Learning Community: 

  • Guaranteed enrollment in 36 units of General Education classes
  • A scholastically engaging learning environment
  • Academically-focused field trips and outdoor labs
  • The opportunity to create practical working relationships with faculty and instructors. Symposia sessions featuring guest speakers, films, field trips and performance
  • Building a sense of camaraderie with other first and second year students

Hutchins first year students should be advised that Hutchins is their Academic Freshman Learning Community. First years may reside both off campus and in SSU residential housing. There is no Hutchins themed living learning community on campus at present.

Following the completion of the Hutchins Lower Division GE Program, students may choose to pursue a B.A. in Liberal Studies or they may choose to declare another SSU Major. Transfer students or first year students admitted to SSU with substantial GE course credit enter Hutchins at the upper division major instead of enrolling in Hutchins GE Program courses.