Liberal Studies Program


The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers opportunities for a degree in liberal studies at the BA level. This program combines interdisciplinary training in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, allowing students to design a flexible yet rigorous program.  The liberal studies major is ideal for those who seek a broad-based education and for pre-service teachers seeking certification in P-3, K-5, and 5-8 education. 

Learn more about our program:

  • BA in Liberal Studies
    All liberal studies majors must declare two tracks when signing up for the major. A track is like a minor.  In fact, any minor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as can be chosen as a track. Liberal studies majors also complete a colloquium which introduces students to interdisciplinary, inquiry-based learning. It requires extensive engagement with reading material, substantial writing, library research, and use of instructional technology. Students complete the degree with a capstone course in which they select an individual research topic that synthesizes interests they have developed within their concentrations. Graduates of the liberal studies program will become experts on their topics, and will also be able to teach their topics to their fellow students and to learn from responses to their topics.
A liberal studies degree opens a wide range of careers. Many employers prefer versatile, interdisciplinary thinkers with broad knowledge over specialists with expertise in a single discipline. Our internship program challenges you to apply what you are learning to your professional future, or to do a research project in collaboration with our faculty. Our senior capstone experience helps you contextualize your learning and prepares for your next step after college.  A degree in liberal studies trains you to understand complex information, and to communicate it to diverse audiences with different perspectives. It gives you the skills needed to identify the information you need to make good decisions in a fluid and ever-changing world. Students can tailor their studies to prepare for careers in teaching, law, editing, writing, marketing, advertising, journalism, public relations, sales, government work, social work, non-profit work, and many other diverse career options.
Links to the University Course Catalog:

BA in Liberal Studies
Liberal Studies Concentration Options