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?