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