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Liberal Studies Degree (B.A.)

Why Major in Liberal Studies (B.A.)?

In the major, three areas of concentration are chosen by you with the approval of the program chair. These areas are not chosen haphazardly, but are interrelated when viewed in conjunction with the student’s educational goals.

Requirements for the Liberal Studies Degree (B.A.)

Requirements for the B.A. in Liberal Studies

  1. The University Common Core.
  2. The Major, consisting of a primary area of concentration, 18 credits; a secondary area of concentration, 15 credits; and a third area of concentration, 12 credits, for a total of 45 credits. Students seeking education licensure are advised to select their distribution areas in consultation with the Program Chair or an advisor in the Academic Advising Office.
  3. Electives (sufficient credits to reach the 120 required for graduation).

    Regulations

    1.  The three areas of concentration may be selected from specific departments or from coherent groups of courses (e. g., Ethnic Studies, Women and Gender Studies).
    2. Within each area of concentration, the selection of courses should not be random, but should reflect a coherent pattern designed by the student and approved by the program chair.
    3. Students are expected to choose areas of concentration which are intellectually complementary.
    4. Only two introductory courses (normally courses in the 0100 number sequence) may be taken in the major program; however, some exceptions may be made for mathematics, language and science coursework. Any 0100-level coursework above the two introductory courses must be approved by the Liberal Studies Program Chair.
    5. Most Liberal Studies programs qualify the student to receive the Bachelor of Arts degree. The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies is granted when two of the three areas of concentration are chosen from the departments of Business Management, Computer Science, or

      Criminal Justice.
    6. Coursework applied to the Liberal Studies major may not also be used to fulfill the requirements of a second major or to earn a minor.

      Interdepartmental Track

      In the major, the three areas of concentration are chosen by the student with the approval of the program chair. These areas are not to be chosen haphazardly, but should be interrelated when viewed in conjunction with the student’s educational goals. For example, a student interested in television reporting might choose to combine English with Mass Communication and Political Science; another with a passion for ancient Greek culture might combine Philosophy with History and Mathematics or Art.

        Multidisciplinary Track

        In the Multidisciplinary Track, two of the three areas of concentration are linked to coursework in the humanities and math and science. The third area of concentration consists of 18 credits of coursework in one academic discipline. With the exception of coursework in reading, students completing the multidisciplinary track may not select education coursework. Also, students may not select coursework from criminal justice, business, computer science, or communication as their third area.

          Additional Graduation Requirements

          All students must meet the University Graduation Requirements and complete a common core of studies, distributed among the different academic areas as detailed in the Common Core .