Program Requirements: Liberal Studies (B.A.): 120 s.h.
The Liberal Studies major allows students to combine course offerings from across the university to construct for themselves a program in a specialty in which the university does not grant a degree. Thus Business, Communication, Art, and Journalism could be combined to construct a concentration in Advertising, or Anthropology, History and Art History for Museum Studies. The program fosters creativity among students in putting together these combinations.
Students in Liberal Studies fulfill the university’s General Education program and either take an academic minor or achieve second year proficiency in a foreign language. There are no specific course requirements for Liberal Studies. The structural heart of the program is the 24 hour rule. This rule holds that for a Liberal Studies student no more than 24 semester hours in any individual prefix area can be counted towards the number of hours needed for graduation (120). (Note that BUS, MUS, ART, ED, and ELE are each separate course prefix areas.) The 24 hour rule ensures that Liberal Studies will be used as a combined major, and it is strictly enforced.
Liberal Studies students may design an official academic concentration for themselves. This involves the student’s submitting a sequence of courses to be taken to a faculty committee chosen by the Liberal Studies Advisor. The course sequence is approved by the faculty committee and the Office of the Provost and completed by the student.
The AHD Department houses the Liberal Studies program. Interested students should contact the chairperson, Professor William Chabala (570-662-4436), for information.