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Liberal Studies Major

Study Liberal Studies at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll integrate content area subject matter, education courses, and service-learning experiences with the application of a Christian worldview. You’ll explore a life vocation, promote awareness of cultural diversity issues, and study multiple curricula with emphasis in specific subject areas while fostering a holistic understanding of knowledge. Participate in 100+ hours of teacher-oriented service-learning field experience in differing districts, allowing you to gain experience in meeting the needs of diverse populations.

Program at a Glance

The School of Education equips educators to lead and champion students within diverse educational settings.

Upcoming Events

APU One Day

  • March 8, 2024

Application Deadline

Early Action (Freshmen Only)

  • November 15

Regular Decision

  • March 1 priority application deadline
  • June 1 final deadline
  • August 1 final transfer deadline

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Program Units


  • Azusa (Main Campus)


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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Study multiple curricula with emphasis in specific subject areas.
  • Explore a life vocation.
  • Learn to promote awareness of cultural diversity issues.

By the Numbers

1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
10 :1 Student-to-faculty ratio
100 % of incoming students receive financial aid

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As a liberal studies graduate, Jessica Logan ’21 hopes to inspire students to love learning through teaching math.

Program Details

The Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education K-8 program offers a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies aligned with California Common Core subject-matter standards in order to prepare undergraduate students seeking careers as elementary school teachers with the breadth of content knowledge needed to teach in a K-8 setting.

Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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Although a private college education may seem out of reach for many, recent research from Kiplinger reveals that the actual value of some private universities may prove this assumption wrong. In 2010, Kiplinger selected Azusa Pacific University for its Top 100 Best Values in Private Colleges rankings. Read more about APU’s ranking in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Private Colleges.

APU students may take advantage of three types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.

Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as or The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.

Education Loans

Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Student Employment

On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.

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To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:

For more information about the liberal studies major, you can call, email, or visit using the contact information below.

Additional Program Contacts

Emily Kemp, MSW, director of admissions and student services, [email protected], (626) 857-2400

Anakayla King, program coordinator, [email protected], (626) 815-5474

Liberal Studies Office


(626) 815-6018


Liberal Studies Office
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000

Student Services Center

Contact (626) 812-3016 or [email protected], and visit for details on the admissions process, financial aid, and class registration.

International Services

International students should contact +1-626-812-3055 or [email protected], and visit

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Featured Faculty

Catherine Hahs Brinkley

Catherine Hahs Brinkley

Chair and Assistant Professor, Division of Teacher Education; Program Director, Liberal Studies/Undergraduate Education, K-8

Paul Flores

Paul Flores

Professor, Division of Teacher Education

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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