Liberal Studies Concentration
(also see Individualized Studies)
This concentration is composed of traditional liberal arts disciplines found in the
humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences and mathematics. Like the
Individualized Studies concentration, the Liberal Studies concentration provides the
opportunity to integrate a broad range of accumulated knowledge and new learning into
an interdisciplinary program which will meet the student's career and/or personal
Like the Individualized Studies concentration, the Liberal Studies concentration is
not meant to serve merely as a convenient repository for a collection of assorted
credits. The credits proposed must form a cohesive, coherent program of study. Students who
anticipate pursuing graduate studies upon completion of the baccalaureate degree should
incorporate the necessary prerequisites into the concentration. For example, a course
in research methods is frequently such a prerequisite.
The number of credits and distribution by level are the same as those for the Individualized
Studies concentration: a minimum of 36 credits with a minimum of 18 at the upper level.
The 18 upper level credits must represent a logical distribution from the various
disciplines in the concentration.
The key to receiving approval for this concentration is the same as that for the Individualized
Studies concentration: the student's ability to explain the rationale underpinning
the proposed concentration and its relation to his/her career and/or personal goals.
The rationale lays the foundation for the capstone requirement.
Some sample combinations are:
- History/Political Science
- Political Science/Geography
Note: Only grades of C of higher may be included in the concentration.
Student Learning OutcomesStudents who graduate with a concentration in Liberal Studies will be able to:
- demonstrate factual and conceptual knowledge in each of the linked fields;
- demonstrate the interrelationship and coherence of the linked fields by integrating
such knowledge from each of them;
- apply such integrated knowledge to scholarly and/or policy questions and problems;
- demonstrate the ability to think critically and construct an argument in the fields
- engage in effective written communication and presentation of ideas/concepts specific
to the fields studied.