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Liberal Studies

Degree Requirements

  • Total number of credits required: 120 credits
    • General Education Courses 36 Credits
    • Core Courses 36 Credits
    • Elective Courses 48 Credits

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies program provides students with an educational foundation that promotes blending and analyzing knowledge in a wide array of disciplines. With an emphasis on critical thinking and effective communication—skills that translate directly to job performance—graduates are prepared to be leaders in their profession and community. The program is also excellent preparation for those interested in pursuing a career in education and/or a teaching credential, as program participants complete coursework in several subjects that can be effectively translated to classroom instruction.

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts emphasizes literature, philosophy, social science, and analytical and critical thinking skills, all of which prepare you for lifelong learning and social, cultural, and technological change.

Upon successful program completion, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Find careers in business, government, and social services agencies like adult and family services, and health and welfare.
  2. Demonstrate entry level abilities for several different careers, including but not limited to:
    a. Human Relations Officer

    b. Policy Analyst

    c. Public Relations officer

    d. Legislative Assistant

    e. Non-profit Staff Employee

    f. Customer Service Representative

    g. Advertising Account Executive

Upon successful program completion, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Examine major national and global issues, especially those issues related to cultures, diversity, and technology.
  2. Foster an independent view of the world while developing critical, creative thinking, and communication skills.
  3. Demonstrate awareness of art, history, philosophy, and technology and the impact these disciplines have on contemporary issues.
  4. Use and understand quantitative analysis for problem-solving and reflective development.
  5. Understand their personal purpose/role within their career, local communities, and global communities.

Bachelor of Arts Liberal Studies Courses

Course CodeCourse TitlesClassroom Hours/Credits
LIB111Urban Studies3
LIB112Multicultural and Gender Studies3
LIB131Information Systems and Literacy3
LIB201Data & Statistics3
LIB211Social Inequality3
LIB221Reading and Writing in the Humanities3
LIB253Introduction to Research Methods3
LIB341Science, Technology, and the Literature of Culture3
LIB342Human Geography3
LIB360Environmental Psychology3
LIB411Generational Differences in the Workforce3
LIB453Research Project Completion3
Liberal Studies and Open Electives48
Total Category Hours/ Credits84
General Education Requirements
Written & Oral Communications6
Arts & Humanities9
Social & Behavioral Sciences9
Physical & Biological Sciences6
COL105College Success and Critical Thinking3
Total Category Hours/ Credits36
Total Program Hours/Credits120

For students in the Liberal Studies program that desire to focus on a specific subject matter, the following courses could be taken as part of the Elective requirements to gain expertise in the subject matter.

Liberal Studies Elective Focus Courses

Sustainability Focus

LIB370Environmental Management3
LIB470Waste Management3

Education Focus

LIB280Lifespan Development3
LIB380Instructional Strategies3
LIB485Internship for Education3

Business Focus

BUS131Intro to Entrepreneurship3
BUS201Personal Financial Management3
LIB335Social Media Networking3

Legal Focus

LIB231Famous Trials in American History3
LIB331Revolutionary Lives3
LIB435Social Justice Movements3
Liberal Studies Elective Focus Courses Required9

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