The Liberal Studies major addresses the Humanities-inclined student whose interests stretch across disciplinary borders. This is, for example, the student whose interests embrace both literary (Literature) and visual (Art) expression, critically reasoned (Philosophy) and spiritual (Religion) modes of understanding, or humankind’s quests for meaning through diverse means. The Liberal Studies major, while committed to critical depth, is seeking greater breadth than that permitted by a major in a single discipline.
Liberal Studies majors are well positioned for graduate studies in either of their selected concentrations, armed with in-depth preparation in the chosen graduate field and an invaluable contextual breadth developed through the second undergraduate discipline. So, for example, a graduate Religion program might find itself looking at a candidate prepared in religious studies but also well versed in visual expression or literary methodologies.
Skilled in reasoned thought, articulate writing, and humanist perspectives, Liberal Studies majors are well prepared for graduate work in alternative areas (such as the law). These same skills – matched by the very versatility and breadth of vision that brought the student to a Liberal Studies major – wellprepare the Liberal Studies graduate to enter the work force directly in diverse professions.The Liberal Studies major offers a traditional concentration in the liberal arts. For their primary focus, students in this major select two of the following four areas of the humanities: Philosophy, Religious Studies, Art, and English. A pairing of at least 21 hours of course work from each of the two areas provides the main concentration in the liberal arts.