Liberal Studies – Learn Today, Teach Tomorrow

The Liberal Studies major gives students a well-rounded education that enables graduates to better understand human behavior and the world in which they live.

Our interdisciplinary degree program provides students with a broad, diverse liberal arts curriculum encompassing major areas of knowledge facilitating comprehension of the human condition as well as one's own personal growth.

Three tracks set students up for academic and lifelong success:

General Liberal Studies: Designed for our life-seeking students inspired by a well-rounded, liberal arts education
California Multi-subject (Elementary) Credential Preparation: Excellent preparation for post-graduate studies in humanities and a comprehensive education beyond our standard majors.

Elementary education: Our liberal studies major provides basic preparation for the elementary education credential program. Note that, unlike other states, the state of California recommends that students complete a liberal studies major before starting a post-baccalaureate credential program.
Many of AJU College’s Liberal Studies graduates hold positions as teachers in the greater Los Angeles area and beyond.
Please contact the department chair with any questions.

DEPARTMENT CHAIR & ADVISOR

Sue Kapitanoff, Ph.D.
Phone // 310.476.9777 x295
Email // skapitanoff@aju.edu

Dr. Kapitanoff's Bio:

UCLA, B.A. (Psychology), 1980
CSU Northridge, M.A. (Social Psychology), 1984
UC Irvine, Ph.D. (Health Psychology), 1992

Sue Kapitanoff, Ph.D. is Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and has been a lecturer in psychology at AJU since 1992.

Dr. Kapitanoff has worked closely with students on the Prejudice Awareness Summit, an event originated by Jewish Women’s International, for the past 13 years. The Summit brings to the campus hundreds of Los Angeles Unified School District middle school students for a daylong session on fostering tolerance among youth of various ethnic backgrounds.

Dr. Kapitanoff created the curriculum for the Sid B. Levine Service Learning Program, a four-year undergraduate requirement that instills in students the importance of giving back to the community through coursework as well as hands-on field projects.

She also serves on the board of the Valley Women’s Center, an outpatient alcohol and drug program.

An inclusive
jewish environment

While the majority of our students are Jewish, we appreciate and value differences in observance, lifestyle, and thought. Here, everyone’s story and experiences add to the mosaic of our community. As we consider what it means to be human and part of a wider society, we employ an ethical framework informed by Jewish culture and philosophy to prepare all students for success both in civic life and their chosen profession.

  • L.A.’s vibrant Jewish life provides a wealth of opportunities to explore your relationship with Judaism, both on and off campus.
  • Whether observant or secular, we all enjoy celebrations that mark seasonal changes (Sukkot), major historical events like the establishment of the State of Israel (Yom Ha’atzmaut), and biblical legends (Purim).
  • Welcoming Shabbat dinners bring our community together in celebration of Jewish identity and rituals.

ADVISORS AND MENTORS
WHO KNOW YOU

Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.

  • Traveling down a road alone can be hard. But traveling with someone who knows that road well—who can tell you interesting places to stop or where there’s a sharp turn—is a very different experience. Since your academic and personal success is our highest priority, at AJU College you are assigned an academic advisor and a personal mentor from day one to guide you in making smart decisions for your future.
  • Your faculty advisor helps with everything from choosing class schedules to recommending courses to help you reach the next phase of your story—whether that’s graduate school, law or medical school, or an entry-level position in your field.
  • All students are also assigned a personal mentor who helps guide you through the social and interpersonal aspects of your college experience.

learn by
serving others

By participating in community-based projects you gain perspective on the challenges facing our human family. Serving others broadens your horizons, engages your ideals, and cements within you the Jewish tradition of civic responsibility. These attributes combine to make you a fuller human being as you move forward on your chosen track.

  • All AJU College students take part in hands-on service projects, part of the Sid B. Levine Service Learning Program.
  • Students have led projects to raise awareness of social injustices like human trafficking, hunger, and gender inequality.
  • Faculty and students annually host middle school students for the Prejudice Awareness Summit, where such topics as bullying and discrimination are discussed and conflict-resolution skills are taught.
  • AJU College participates in the international service projects of the American Jewish World Service, which takes students on study-volunteer trips to El Salvador, Ghana, and India.