The Department of Liberal Studies has continued to strive for increased study abroad opportunities for our students with each passing year, and continue to build international partnerships in order to continue for years to come. Below students will find two primary pathways on pursuing study abroad at CSULB - through a specific course option during Summer or Winter term(s), or by creating a full schedule abroad for Fall or Spring term(s).
Course-Specific Opportunities for Summer & Winter
Students who want to take a course or two abroad during the Summer or Winter are encouraged to take a look at the listings offered below, as these courses all meet specific major requirements and have been historically successful experiences for Liberal Studies majors. Many of these courses are taught by Liberal Studies Faculty & Lecturers, and are easy to navigate in terms of course outlines/itineraries and professor contact information. If you hold any interest in any of the opportunities below, be sure to browse the information accordingly and contact the Professor hosting the specific trip. Then, you will visit and/or schedule an appointment with the Study Abroad Office for more information on next steps in documentation and payments.
ART 415 "Art Education" in Israel
June 28, 2020 to July 30, 2020
Meets Core Requirement Area V / Group 4 (Visual Art) OR Area V / Group 5 (Arts Capstone)
Experiences in self-expression from the California Visual and Performing Arts Framework while addressing children's artistic and aesthetic development. Following state content standards, students develop aesthetic perception, learn skills for talking about art, and gain understanding in historical and cultural contexts.
L/ST 250 "World Historical Geography" in Rome
June 6, 2020 to June 26, 2020
Meets Core Requirement Area IV / Group 3 (World History & Geography) (formerly HIST/GEOG 250)
In this survey of early world history, students shall be introduced to the major cultural, economic, social and political characteristics of the early civilizations of the world. Chronological focus shall be on the Ancient (3500 BCE to 500 BCE) and Classical (500 BCE to 500 CE) periods, encompassing the content and chronology of the 6th Grade California Social Science Curriculum. Our focus will be to construct a historical geography framework and to do so with a global perspective that emphasizes interaction between civilizations and major cultures in the early world. Special attention shall be given to the Mediterranean region, with focus on its increasing intensity of cross-cultural contact and exchange between cultures and civilizations over time. Students shall examine the importance of trade, the spread of world religions, and the role of nomadic pastoralism in the diffusion of culture and technology across the periods of study. Through study in Rome, the heart of the Western Roman Empire in the Classical Age, students will examine and analyze evidence of not only the Roman Empire, but also of broader civilizational developments, the rise of global empires, and the spread of cross-cultural trade.
L/ST 404 "Arts and Values" in London
June 11 to June 21, 2020
Meets Core Requirement Area V / Group 5 (Arts Capstone)
*This course is a combination Study-Abroad Opportunity with MUS 363 in Paris.
Liberal Studies 404 aims to build a foundation for formulating thoughts on the arts: What is Art, What it Means, Why We Value it. We study critical approaches to the arts to give us guidelines for understanding the power and value of art, as well as informing our comprehension of works of art. The historical and cultural context of artwork - including visual arts, architecture, sculpture, music, and drama - will enrich your knowledge of our rich cultural heritage and empower you to include the arts in your future classrooms.
We will study the holdings of the British Museum (with emphasis on the Antiquities - Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian Mummies), the National Gallery (with a focus on 25 masterworks), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design). We will take in the sites around London, from the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey to the Tower of London and a river tour on the Thames. We will attend a musical in London's West End and a music concert at the Royal Albert Hall. We will also tour the New Globe theatre, concluding the day with a performance of a Shakespeare play. We will have two excursions outside of London: Hampton Court Palace and Oxford. We will be escorted on all of our events by a local, expert guide who will enrich our knowledge and appreciation of the arts that we will be experiencing.
MUS 363 "Music" in Paris
June 11 to June 21, 2020
Meets Core Requirements Area V / Group 1 (Music) or Area V / Group 4 (Visual Arts)
*This course is a combination Study-Abroad Opportunity with L/ST 404 in London.
Music 363 is an interdisciplinary course that focuses on visual art (including sculpture and architecture) and music and on the interrelationship among the arts in historical eras from the Renaissance through the 19th century. We will examine general principles common to all the arts, as well as specific patterns, structures and meaning that artists found in the cultural context of their day. The sheer magnitude of the visual art, architecture, and sculpture that we will experience in Paris will bring the arts in a manner that we cannot approach in the classroom in Long Beach. We will study the holdings of the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay, and we will take in the sights of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Sainte-Chapelle. We will have two excursions outside of Paris—the Palace of Versailles and Chartres cathedral. All of our events will be accompanied by a local, expert guide who will help bring alive the history and meaning of the arts we will experience.
L/ST 471 "History Capstone" in Ireland
Winter 2020 Dates TBD
Meets Core Requirement Area IV / Group 6 (History Capstone)
This course provides an exciting study/travel abroad opportunity for Liberal Studies Seniors, brought to you by a long-lasting partnership between Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland and the Department of Liberal Studies at CSULB. This course takes a global approach to understanding the method and teaching of history. The destination of Ireland offers students an opportunity to study a rich history and culture that are globally connected in important ways with American History. Both driving and walking tours will take students to specific locations discussed and covered in the course. Throughout the course, the first-hand experiences combined with increasing knowledge and familiarity with Irish history and culture will lend an in-depth understanding only possible through Study Abroad.
Building Your Own Semester-Abroad Experience
Students who want to take a full load of classes (four or five traditionally) during the Spring or Fall term(s) essentially "build their own journey". Students are encouraged to do their own research on opportunities and places abroad beforehand, and afterward will meet with an Advisor or Department Chair to discuss possible major course substitutions and credits, sign contracts, and then continue to meet with the Study Abroad office to finalize documentation and payments.
First: Research Study Abroad Opportunities Online
We recommend students to start on the Study Abroad Search Page (link) and first search by Location - Where Do You Want To Go?
As students begin to type or click into specific parts of the world, different university listings and programs will appear in the results. Browse the details to ensure it is not limited to specific majors, and browse the program's external website for more information on class offerings and catalogs. The Study Abroad Office developed a General Study Abroad Flier (PDF) for Liberal Studies and Child Development majors, as an additional resource.
Here are recommended and historically-popular Study Abroad Semester sites for our Liberal Studies students, based on the breadth of course offerings that align with program requirements:
- Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland (link)
- Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China (link)
- CSULB London Semester (link)
- Dankook University, Seoul, South Korea (link)
- Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia (link)
- Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, China (link)
- John Cabot University, Rome, Italy (link)
- Mary Immaculate, Limerick, Ireland (link)
- University of Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina (link)
- University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia (link)
Second: Contact the Study Abroad Office
Once a student has selected a specific university or place of interest, and/or put together a list of courses of interest from a specific university abroad, the student should contact the Study Abroad Office. We recommend that students first attend a Study Abroad Workshop and then speak with an Advisor from the Study Abroad University Office to review eligibility, application documentation, and deadlines for finances.
Study Abroad University Office
Location: Foundation Building, Suite 230
For Information Sessions & Advising, refer to the Study Abroad Workshops Schedule page (link).
Third: Schedule an Advising Appointment for Approval
To determine course equivalencies within the Liberal Studies major, a student must meet with a Liberal Studies Advisor for approval and signing of documentation.
Schedule an appointment online to meet with a Liberal Studies Advisor.
All of the Liberal Studies Academic Advisors are knowledgeable of the various study abroad courses, both upcoming and historically, largely due to the efforts of our Department Chair and Education Faculty who continue to expand and create opportunities along the way. If you let us know which courses or locations of the world you are most interested in, we'll take a look at your academic plan and see what works best in course equivalencies toward graduation. Appointments can be scheduled online via Single Sign-On.
Have you participated in a Study Abroad Opportunity through CSULB? The Liberal Studies Department is seeking student testimonials and/or photos for publishing on our website, to help advertise how amazing these opportunities are. If you have a short testimonial (1 paragraph) and/or 1-2 photos you'd like to share from your abroad experience, send to CED-LibSt@csulb.edu.