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Frequently Asked Questions about Liberal Studies

What does “liberal studies” actually mean?

Liberal Studies is not “liberal” or “conservative,” but rather an interdisciplinary approach to education.  Liberal Studies seeks to provide students with course work that blends ideas in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and the Arts.

Doesn’t studying lots of different things make it harder for me to get a job?

Not necessarily! Liberal Studies makes for an attractive degree in that it helps students see how their course of study is professionally and personally relevant.  The cornerstones of the Liberal Studies degree program are shaping students into clear, effective, and informed written and oral communicators – a highly valued professional commodity.

What kind of people have degrees in Liberal Studies?

Notable alumni of Liberal Studies programs include:

  • James R. Helmly, Chief of the U.S. Army Reserve, Commanding General of the United States Army Reserve
  • Judy McGrath, English and Writing major; former MTV CEO
  • Clarence Thomas, double major in Justice and English; Supreme Court Justice
  • Peter Theil, 20th Century Philosophy major; founder of PayPal
  • Michael Eisner, double major in English & Theater; Disney CEO
  • Ted Turner, Classics major; CNN founder
  • Anne Mulcahy, English and journalism major; former Xerox CEO

What can Liberal Studies offer transfer students or returning students?

USCB’s Liberal Studies program aims to offer the most “bang for your buck” regarding the courses you’ve taken prior to enrollment at USCB.  Many students who come to USCB with previous coursework find that their degree program is already on its way once they’ve consulted with their Liberal Studies advisor.  While sometimes this translates into a full plate of electives or a solid minor, Liberal Studies is designed to work for you – you create your degree, we make it happen together. Have a demanding work schedule or outside obligations? We can work with that too.

What can I do with a BA in Liberal Studies?

A BA in Liberal Studies serves as good preparation for graduate coursework, but it is also a flexible degree.  The “design your own degree” aspect of Liberal Studies allows you to make a degree to suit your career needs.  Some examples include:

Studio Arts + Hospitality + Education = Museum Director

Psychology + Communication + Foreign Language = Senior Adult Minister

Biology + Psychology + Philosophy = Bio Ethics Consultant

English + Biology + History = Pre-Med Biological Humanities Candidate

Computer Science + Sociology + Philosophy = Forensic Computer Analyst

Biology + Communication + History = Conservation Specialist

Business + English + Humanities = Creative Writer

Psychology + History + Education = Elementary Educator

Economics + Political Science + Foreign Language = Foreign Diplomat

Anthropology + Art + Sociology = Human Resources Specialist

Math + Economics + Foreign Language = International Economist

Education + Anthropology + Psychology = Humanitarian Aid Worker

Art + Biology + Foreign Language = Scientific Illustrator

English + Theater + Communications = Television Broadcaster