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  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
2012 - 2013 College Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Liberal Studies (B.L.S.)


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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.

Learning Objectives:

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.

Requirements

I. Required Program Specific Course: (3 credits)


II. Concentration Electives: (15 credits)


  • Five (5) Humanities or Social Science courses  15 Credits  

III. Other Required Courses: (66 credits)


  • Humanities Elective 3 credits
  • Humanities Elective 3 credits
    (200 or 300 level)
  • Humanities Elective 3 credits
    (300 or 400 level)
  • Humanities or Social Science or Science Elective 3 credits
  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 3 credits
    (Humanities)
  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
    (W Course)
  • Two (2) Literature Electives 6 credits
    (200 or 300 level) (Literature)
  • Mathematics Elective 3 credits
    (Quantitative Reasoning)
  • Science Elective 3 credits
    (100 or 200 level) (Scientific Understanding)
  • Science Elective 3 credits
    (200 or 300 level)
  • Science Elective  3 credits
    (300 or 400 level)
  • Social Science Electives  6 credits
    (200 or 300 level)
  • Social Science Elective 3 credits
    (300 or 400 level)

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IV. Open Electives: (36 credits)


Total Credits: (120)


Note:


All College Curriculum:
Students must satisfy Oral and Written Communication Requirements of the All College Curriculum. These are courses inside or outside the program/major that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing-intensive (“W”) or oral communication (“O”) courses. Students must include the following among their course selection

Written: Three (3) courses beyond EN 102 must be writing intensive (“W”) courses (the Interdisciplinary Seminar and two other “W” courses)
Oral: Two (2) courses must be oral communication (“O”) courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:


(Prerequisites of program-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

First Year: (30 credits)


  • Math Requirement  3 credits
  • Science Elective (100-200 level) 3 credits
  • One (1) Open Elective 3 credits

Choose one from the following:


Choose one from the following:


Second Year: (30 credits)


  • Two (2) Social Science Electives  6 credits
    (200 or 300 level)
  • Humanities or Fine Arts Elective 3 credits
  • Literature Elective 3 credits
  • Two (2) Concentration Electives 6 credits 
  • Humanities Elective 3 credits
    (200 or 300 level)
  • Three (3) Open Electives  9 credits

Third Year: (30 credits)


  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
  • Literature Elective 3 credits
  • Science Elective 3 credits
    (200 or 300 level)
  • Two (2) Concentration Electives 6 credits
  • Humanities Elective 3 credits
  • Humanities or Science or Social Science Elective 3 credits 
  • Three (3) Open Electives 9 credits

Fourth Year: (30 credits)


  • Humanities Elective 3 credits
    (300 or 400 level)
  • Science Elective  3 credits
    (300 or 400 level)
  • Five (5) Open Electives 15 credits 
  • Social Science Elective 3 credits
    (300 or 400 level)
  • One (1) Concentration Elective 3 credits
     

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