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Liberal Studies - Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
, CA,
The Liberal Studies Program is a broad undergraduate liberal arts major leading to the B.A. degree. It is an interdisciplinary major with a balance of studies in the language arts, natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, visual arts and performing arts. The Liberal Studies - Interdisciplinary Studies program is offered at California State University Northridge.


Courses are drawn from various academic departments throughout the University. The Liberal Studies major can provide a general liberal arts degree.

The Liberal Studies - Interdisciplinary Studies program is offered at California State University Northridge.Interdisciplinary Studies

Students will be able to:

  • Describe major themes and developments in ideas about the human condition, society, morality, intellectual achievement and aesthetics in select cultures (common knowledge).
  • Describe how humans interact with and impact the physical environment (common knowledge).
  • Describe and connect how these ideas are expressed and developed in the Arts and Sciences (interdisciplinary integration).
  • Describe and apply methods of inquiry and analysis common to the various fields of study that encompass the Arts and Sciences at an introductory level, and demonstrate intermediate competence in describing and applying those methods of inquiry for the field of study of their area of specialization (research and analytical tools).
  • Express themselves effectively when presenting subject matter relevant to their area of specialization in the Arts and Sciences (written and oral expression specific to field).
  • Exhibit basic competency in a foreign language and intermediate competency if it reflects their area of specialization.
Humanities Track

Students will be able to:

  • Describe significant cultural theories in the Humanities, their philosophical underpinnings, the historical context in which they have emerged and their applications.
  • Apply a relevant methodology to the analysis of cultural artifact(s) from the visual, performing or literary arts.
  • Discuss in depth the institutional, political, socio-economic and cultural development of a particular community or civilization at large.
Human Rights Track

Students will be able to:

  • Reflect in depth on the historical evolution of views on human rights, globally as well as at local levels.
  • Discuss in depth the effects of specific social policies and legal provisions on the lives of ethnic, gender, cultural or other minorities.
  • Present an informed perspective on ethical issues associated with human rights.
Sustainability Track

Students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts related to the study of sustainability, including planetary carrying capacity, climate change and ecological footprint.
  • Be able to define sustainability and understand how concepts of sustainability are connected to issues of social justice, the environment and the economy at local, regional and global levels.
  • Be able to explain how sustainability relates to their lives and their values, and how their actions impact issues of sustainability at the individual, and at local, regional and global levels.
Russian Studies Track

Students will:

  • Demonstrate intermediate competency in Russian speaking and listening, and writing and reading.
  • Be able to describe recurring features in Russian works from a particular literary period and propose and discuss analyses of representative texts.
  • Be able to discuss salient features and institutions of contemporary Russian society and their historical underpinnings.
China Studies Track

Students will:

  • Demonstrate intermediate competency in Mandarin Chinese speaking and listening, and writing and reading.
  • Be able to describe religious beliefs, philosophical theories and/or artistic approaches that are a prominent part of Chinese society and discuss how these have shaped Chinese culture in the past and continue to do so today.
  • Be able to discuss salient political features and institutions of contemporary Chinese society, their historical underpinnings and the geographical context that has contributed to their emergence.
Interdisciplinary Specialization Track

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will connect and integrate knowledge and insights gained in their interdisciplinary curriculum.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • The Global Humanities
  • Philosophy and Culture
  • Social Science
  • Languages Other than English
  • Literature
  • Cultural Studies
  • Intermediate/Advanced Writing
  • The Environment
  • Science, Technology Culture
  • Ethics
  • Cultural Theories and Methodologies

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Complete the “International Online Application” at Cal State Apply. 
  • A $55.00 (US currency) non-refundable processing fee.
  • Affidavit of Financial Support (.pdf) and bank statement. 
  • All OFFICIAL secondary-school records.
  • Official English translations of all academic records including certificates, degrees or diplomas. 
  • Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are also required to have the U.S. institution(s) send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN.
  • Submit a copy of your passport information page with your documents.
  • Results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other acceptable test (see table below). Scores must be sent directly to CSUN from the testing agency.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    6888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    6888 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6888 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
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