Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies Major

As a Liberal Studies Major, you will create a course of study that interests you. The Liberal Studies major allows you the opportunity to combine several disciplines and it is designed to create critical thinkers. You will develop your abilities to inquire, analyze, criticize, and communicate effectively. The Liberal Studies major will prepare you for the career you want to pursue. This program is a versatile major for you if you are planning a future in such professions as law, business, education, politics, and public administration, and serves as a solid foundation for admission to graduate school.

Goals

The Liberal Studies major has two main goals:

  • Produce life-long learners who are able to analyze issues and problems from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Produce life-long learners who demonstrate competencies in: critical thinking and writing; oral communication; quantitative reasoning; scientific literary; information literacy; and ethical reasoning.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students earning a BA in Liberal Studies will be life-long learners who are able to:

  • Engage in analytical thinking and research that integrates multiple perspectives and methodologies.
  • Approach complex problems, issues, and/or inquiries collaboratively, fostering creativity and innovation.
  • Analyze a complex issue from multiple standpoints in order to understand its ethical and moral bases and the potential implications of stasis or change.
  • Apply an integrated synthesis of data analysis, ethical reasoning, and innovation to problem solving and decision making that serves the common good.
  • Demonstrate effective use of oral, written, and visual skills for the purposes of communication, facilitation, and presentation.
  • Develop and represent, through civic engagement, an evolving sense of self which reflects: personal goals and values; professional aptitude; and an awareness and consideration of alternative viewpoints.

Requirements

A Liberal Studies Major must include:

  • A minor in any department that offers a minor (these can also count in the distribution below)
  • At least 7 courses above 300 level
  • 2 seminars one needs to be ID 330, the other is often in the minor
  • 11 additional courses with the following distribution:
    These are all courses beyond the distribution in the Core
       • 2 additional History courses
       • 2 additional English courses
       • 2 additional Social Science courses (Economics, Education, Political Science, History, Management, Sociology, Social Work)
       • 3 additional courses from the Natural Sciences (Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Computer, Astronomy)
       • 2 additional Humanities courses (Religious Studies, Philosophy, Music, Art, English, Foreign Language, Communication)