Purpose & Goals

By sponsoring interdisciplinary studies programs in relation to individual goals, the Liberal Studies program works to realize the following objectives:

•  Promote comparative as well as critical and creative reasoning skills in higher level studies

•  Provide students with programs to master the interdisciplinary expansions of modern disciplinary studies

•  Produce graduates adept at recognizing and dealing effectively in work environments characterized more by synthetic structures, patterns of diffusion and ambiguity than by line-item applications of theory to practice

•  Stimulate interest in area studies, problem-centered research, and interdisciplinary communication

•  Promote a learning environment where inquiry is enhanced rather than limited by disciplinary specialization

•  Promote interdisciplinary programs of study that prepare students who pursue graduate studies with adequate foundations for comparative studies and individual research

 Students who graduate with a B.A. in Liberal Studies should:

•  Think independently and develop ideas reflectively from the resources of liberal arts studies

•  Create an intellectually satisfying and effective synthesis between their stated interests and their formal study

•  Be accurate and informed about the subject-matters of their major and minor coursework and capable interpreters of themes and issues associated with these areas of concentration

•  Know how to conduct research in databases related to their major and minor studies

•  Be able to communicate effectively, including writing thematically clear, well supported papers and developing connected thought patterns in discussion

•  Understand the historical context and global perspectives, including value as well as factual orderings, that gives coherence or consistency to the curriculum they have studied

•  Be capable of transforming the interests that formed their individual curricula of study into lifelong patterns of inquiry and social and vocational development

•  Think critically on the basis of their own experiences and be able to convey to others the connection between human interests and knowledge