Liberal Studies

Program Goals

The Liberal Studies Bachelor degree allows majors to choose two tracks of interest (as a major area) as well as a minor area of their choice and/or sets of approved electives in consultation with major advisors. The track choices are: Arabic & Islamic Studies, American Cultural Communities, Professional Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Requirements

Students in the Liberal Studies program are offered four tracks of courses. Two of the tracks, along with an Ethics course and an Academic Enrichment course, must be completed in order to fulfill the major requirements.

Arabic & Islamic Studies Track 16 Credits
ARA 201 Intermediate Arabic I
PSY 209 Multicultural Psychology 3
REL 309 Comparative Religions 3
HIS 303 *Seminar in History  3
SOC 303 Cultural Anthropology 3
* Topic must address Muslim world/issue. HIS 304 is used when the student chooses two tracks requiring HIS 303.

 

American Cultural Communities Track 15-16 Credits
PSY 209 Multicultural Psychology
HIS 303 *Seminar in History  3
REL 303 Religion in American Culture OR HIS 312 **Urban History of the United States 3
SOC 303 Cultural Anthropology OR  SOC 311 American Community  3
ENG 384 Linguistics OR SPN 201 Intermediate Spanish I  3 - 4

* Topic must address American Cultural Community/issue. HIS 304 is used when the student chooses two tracks requiring HIS 303.

** May substitute courses with approval of advisor. Suggested courses include ENG 210 Native American Literature, ENG 301 American Literature, ENG 319 AfricanAmerican Literature, ENG 320 Studies in African-American Literature, and MUS 323 Jazz in American Culture.

 

Professional Communication  Track 15 Credits
COM 400 Special Topics 
COM 205Human Communication OR ENG 203 Public Speaking  3
Select 1: ART 220 Graphics Arts I; COM 202 Writing Across Media; ENG 204 **Business Writing  3
Select 1: ART 320 Graphic Arts II; COM 332 Digital Media; ENG 314Legal Analysis and Writing  3
Select 1:  SOC 303 Cultural Anthropology; SOC 311 American Community; POL 302 *Political Power & Social Change 3
* Topic must address Professional/Multimedia Communication issue.
** Student may select approved substitute courses from COM, ENG, and ART.

 

Interdisciplinary Studies Track 15 Credits
*Two courses at the 200 level or higher from one program in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Two courses at the 300 level or higher from a different program in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 6
One Independent Study from a different program in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 3
* Courses at the 200 level that are part of the University Core do not count toward this track.

 

Academic Enrichment  3 - 6  Credits
Can be met by Study Abroad, Co-op Education/Internship, Independent Study, or Capstone course.

 

Ethics Elective (select one) 3 Credits
PHL 208 Business Ethics 
PHL 215 Ethics  3
PHL 216 Contemporary Moral Problems 3
REL 231 Comparative Religious Ethics  3
PHL 302 God & Philosophy 3
PHL 304 Environmental Philosophy  3
PHL 307 Political Philosophy 3

 

Total Major 36 - 41 Credits