The Liberal Studies Program provides students with a broad base of knowledge in the humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics/natural science with a concentration in either humanities or social science. As a liberal arts program, this major promotes love of learning, creative thinking, and critical analysis. Further, inasmuch as courses in the liberal arts foster independent thinking and self-determination, the Program seeks to empower students to exercise leadership in society and to adapt to social change.
Career or Advanced Study Options:
Although there is no specific vocational preparation in Liberal Studies, the Program lays a foundation for work in a variety of professional areas. It aspires to graduate creative, independent thinkers who are able to carve out career paths and to determine the advanced training, additional course work, or graduate programs that they need to fulfill their goals.
In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will:
- Have an understanding of the distinctive characteristics of the primary domains of knowledge (the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences);
- Have a critical awareness of the aesthetic, social, and psychological functions of art and literature;
- Have a critical awareness of the dialogical relationship between self and society;
- Have a critical awareness of the theoretical principles and technological applications of scientific investigation;
- Have an appreciation of the interrelatedness and historical context of all knowledge;
- Be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
- Be able to think critically;
- Be able to appreciate cultural diversity;
- Be able to entertain multidisciplinary perspectives.
Policies and Conditions
Minimum Grade Requirement: A minimum grade of C- or higher is required in all concentration courses and in LB 410.
Sequencing: Courses may be “flip-flopped.” That is to say a requirement listed for one term or year may be taken in another, provided that no prerequisite applies.
Electives: In order to fulfill the concentration requirement, each student must dedicate five open elective slots to courses in either the Humanities or the Social Sciences. Humanities courses include offerings in EN (except for 101, 102, 105, 205), PH, RL, and SP. Also qualifying are AR 231, 232, 433, and MU 101, 102. Social Science courses include offerings in HI, PO, EC, PS, and SO.