The Liberal Arts Studies major (BA) is a novel, intellectually challenging and stimulating multidisciplinary approach to integrating perspectives from traditional disciplines in the social sciences, sciences, arts, and humanities for students with wide-ranging interests and goals.
This major is designed to hone the student’s diverse interests not only for a professional or graduate career in a competitive global market but also for contributing to a sustainable world as a thoughtful, civic-minded and conscientious citizen.
What Will I Study?
You may pursue one of two major options (following a declaration of the major prior to completing 60 credit hours of coursework):
- Self-designed/Individualized Multidisciplinary Studies Option: For highly motivated and self-disciplined students (GPA of 3.2 and above). Admission to the major is only with permission of the head of the Liberal Arts Studies program and the faculty committee.
- Thematic Option: For students who have structured thematic concentrations. You will take courses listed under each structural concentration, including 6 credit hours of a pre-capstone and capstone.
What Kind of Job Can I Get?
Employers in the private and public sectors, in government, non-profit and for-profit sectors seek employees who are both broadly trained to survey and synthesize a broad range of issues and who have in-depth critical thinking and analytical skills for problem-solving, employees who are flexible in their thinking and who have oral and written communication skills. This major can prepare you for a wide variety of professional and graduate careers.
Read the Forbes article on how employers in tech industries value a liberal arts degree today.
Virginia Cylke, PhD
Professor of Psychology