Saturday Hybrid Liberal Studies Degree Completion Program: FAQ


  • Admission to the program is based on the standard CSU transfer requirements: 60 semester units of transferable college-level work with a C average that includes Oral and Written Communication and Critical Thinking (all of Area A) and a Math class that held Intermediate Algebra as a pre-requisite - completed by the end of the semester before enrollment in the program.

  • In order to graduate, you must complete 120 units of approved coursework (to be explained in group and individual advisement during program).

  • Students take one 10-unit course per semester for four semesters to complete the major. The program advisor works with students to design a plan to complete all other necessary requirements, including 9 units of Upper Division GE in Summer or Winter Intersession.

  • Like most majors, Liberal Studies requires 40 units of coursework to complete; however, you will need a total of 120 units to graduate. You will take one 10-unit class per semester for 4 semesters to complete the major requirements, and then complete 10 more upper division units for a total of 50 to add to your 70 lower-division units.

  • The current fee for each 10-unit course is $435 per unit, a total cost of $4,350 per semester, as of the Fall 2021 semester (subject to change).  Summer and Winter Intersession costs about $300 per unit, as of Summer 2020.

  • The Financial Aid office has information about how and when to apply for state and federal aid. The Scholarship Office accepts applications for campus-based scholarships between September 15 and January 15.

  • Begin an Undergraduate application online at by first selecting the semester/year you are applying for, and ultimately selecting “Saturday Hybrid Liberal Studies” at Sonoma State University.  Plan for completing over several sittings as there is a significant amount of information required, including typing all courses...

  • The Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University has been experimenting with new approaches to learning for the past 40 years. Its founding principles are active learning through the seminar format and an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge.

  • Our seminars are made up of 15 (or fewer) students and an instructor who, together, aid and abet one another in the quest for meaning. The bulk of the talking is done by students--they pose the questions, they frame the answers. The instructor facilitates the process.

  • Most of the interesting questions do not stop short at disciplinary boundaries. By designing block courses (10 units each) arranged around major themes, we are able to juxtapose a variety of readings that illuminate one another, and jostle around in the mind. That jostling is what we call learning.

  • These are three ten-unit interdisciplinary courses, taken one each semester. Each core topic has been chosen because it focuses on an area in which major changes and shifts are taking place.

  • In addition to the three core courses, there is a final semester consisting of a ten-unit senior project. At this point, you will be turned loose to follow up on a theme or project of particular interest to you. In most cases you will be building upon work done in one or more of the core courses. Your work may be in the form of research or field work, or, more likely, a combination of the two...

  • As adult students, you will be able to take advantage of your experience in the community and in the workplace by designing and completing projects in the field. They may range from an environmental assessment of your workplace, to a project focusing on homelessness in your community. This is your opportunity to tackle issues of particular interest to you.

  • In addition to the Saturdays on campus, we believe that it is imperative for you to have ongoing contact with fellow students and instructors. To that end, most weeks you will be involved in a web-mediated seminar to discuss your reading assignments. This is set up as a threaded discussion, something like a chat room without requiring everyone to be online at the same time.

  • The readings, writing, and preparation for seminar and fieldwork will generally require between 20 to 30 hours per week in addition to the monthly Saturday seminars. Given the full schedule that you will have, the key will be careful budgeting of time.

  • In a word, yes. There are weekly computer postings, autobiographical and journal writings, synthesizing papers, and reports on fieldwork, among other assignments. A writing instructor will be available throughout the first course and thereafter as needed.

  • Beginning with the pre-admissions consultation, students receive extensive support from the program advisor. Amy Unger works with each student to access a Transfer Credit Report and to understand the degree requirements as reflected on the ARR (Academic Advising Report) used by SSU.

    Writing support is also built into the program, as are...

  • This program is considered an "external" degree, and as such, Degree Completion students do not pay the Associated Students fee and thus are not eligible for the full range of student services such as use of the Student Health Center or campus housing.