Liberal studies is an approach to learning that began with the ancient Greeks and Romans. It is focused upon gaining a holistic understanding of the world and our place within it so that we might become active contributors to our communities. By exhibiting curiosity and challenging assumptions, these thinkers engaged in “the examined life,” a journey of intellectual discovery that they believed liberated us from ignorance and enabled us to become informed citizens of the world.
The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies is a program for those who share the passion for learning that defined Greek and Roman culture. Students who join this major are interested in developing a deeper understanding of such principles as justice, freedom, well-being, and human rights and who seek to apply this knowledge to make a positive impact on society.
The Liberal Studies major is specifically designed to give you the freedom to create your own course of study. Seventy percent of the courses for this degree are electives, distributed throughout the college’s curriculum in three domains of learning:
This interdisciplinary coursework will expose you to the multiple ways that human civilizations have created and organized knowledge and articulated ethical systems that shape social and cultural values. It will also encourage you to determine which ideas are important to you and how you can incorporate them into your life. As you engage ideas from around the globe, you should expect to improve your reasoning and problem-solving skills, expand your appreciation of cultural diversity, develop a mature understanding of the self through personal reflection, and build a portfolio of experiences that will enable you to become an engaged member of your communities.
Our flexible program options means you can earn your degree on-campus or online.
Liberal Studies majors can demonstrate problem-solving skills, multicultural competencies, and creativity are in high demand among employers. These graduates are prepared for a wide variety of academic and professional paths.
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