Liberal Studies students who declare the Liberal Studies major without a minor will be required to complete a focus area. The focus area requirement is fulfilled by a set of classes that total 12-15 units, with at least 9 of those units taken at the upper level (coded as 300 or above). The focus area is chosen in consultation with the academic advisor, but it should be multidisciplinary and include the study of a topic, theme, or problem. With guidance from their advisor, each student can ultimately choose from a wide variety of courses to plan a focus area that fits their interests and goals.
As a way to generate ideas, here are some examples of focus area course sets that have worked well for some students:
This focus area can be expanded to become a certificate with minimal additional coursework. More information is available here.
Courses used in the focus area can simultaneously fulfill some of the requirements for certificate programs offered on campus. Each college offers several certificate options, and more information about these options can be found at the links below:
Make sure to discuss your focus area options with your advisor
so that you can work together to identify a set of courses that will fit your interests and goals.
With guidance from your advisor, you can choose an approved minor in any department or college. Note; however, that only a select few minors can be completed online. The list of approved minors for majors in the College of Letters & Sciences can be obtained from the L&S Advising Office.