Liberal Studies

BA Degree — Liberal Studies Major

The Liberal Studies major offers the student an opportunity to devise, in concert with the faculty advisor, a program of study matched to the student’s particular needs and interests. Beyond the graduation requirements, the student’s program may consist of either:

  1. Concentrated Area of Study—A concentrated area of study not already offered as a major. This concentration cannot closely duplicate an existing major. This area of study should include a minimum of 39 s.h. of course work. The student, in cooperation with a faculty adviser, submits the electronic application for the major. Final approval for designed concentrations rests with the faculty adviser, two additional faculty members knowledgeable about the area of concentration and the Special Programs Office.

  2. General Studies Concentration—The prescribed General Studies concentration which provides enriched study in at least 12 s.h. from each of three topic areas chosen from courses in Visual and Performing Arts, Humanities, Science and Math, Health and Movement Science, Social Science, School of Business, School of Education, and School of Nursing. Not more than two topic areas may be selected from the School of Business, School of Education, School of Nursing. This area of study concentration includes at least 36 s.h. of study of which 24 s.h. must be upper division courses. At least 6 s.h. of upper division course work is required in each of the three topic areas chosen. In addition, the 3 s.h. course INTD4700 Liberal Studies Capstone is required. This is a capstone course in which a student, working with two faculty advisors, will write a research paper involving two of the three topic areas. The student must achieve a rating of “Acceptable” or “Exemplary” from both faculty evaluators in each of the areas included in the assessment rubric. Alternatively, a student may, in conjunction with at least two faculty members, design a project that demonstrates competency with regard to the learning outcomes identified at the time of application for the major. The student must achieve a rating of “Acceptable” or “Exemplary” from both faculty members based on their evaluation of the project vis-à-vis the learning outcomes. It will be the responsibility of the student to identify faculty members willing to serve as instructors of record for this arranged course.

    General Studies proposals approval rests with the faculty adviser and Special Programs Office.


Liberal Studies Courses

INTD4700 Liberal Studies Capstone 3 s.h.
In this capstone course for the Liberal Studies/General Studies major, the student will write a research paper or create a project that demonstrates an appropriate level of mastery of the learning outcomes identified by student and faculty advisor at the time the application for the major was submitted. (Note: This is a graded course, does not count for general education, and may not be repeated for credit.)