Liberal Studies

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Why Choose Liberal Studies?

Help design your own degree program—one broad in scope, narrow in concentration, and flexible enough to draw courses from all of the departments and programs in the College of Liberal Arts. The liberal studies degree is ideal if your interests encompass more than one liberal arts field and you desire greater flexibility in your program. If you want to change your major but still graduate in a timely manner, or if you are a transfer student who might benefit from an interdisciplinary curriculum, consider liberal studies.

Careers

Gain a strong foundation in core areas of critical thinking, writing proficiency, and interpersonal communication by pursuing a liberal studies major. You will also enroll in one “professional component” course, such as computer science or business, to enhance your readiness for the workplace. Armed with such skills, you will be well-equipped to adapt to constantly changing economic conditions. 

Combining courses in English, communications, and history may prepare you for a career in journalism or other media. Combining fine arts courses with other disciplines may open opportunities in marketing or management for museums and art galleries. A combination of philosophy, political science, and classics would even be an effective pre-law curriculum. Because the range of disciplines available is so broad, your possible career options are almost limitless.

Real World Experience

You will be encouraged to enhance your program of study by pursuing opportunities for experiential learning, such as:

Success Stories

At Wright State, Olivia Kilby, a senior political science and liberal studies major, discovered she can accomplish great things in her life.
Stacy Worley II, a liberal studies major at Wright State, plays hip-hop during his weekly show on the student-run radio station, WWSU.

Academics and Curriculum

The liberal studies major comprises 33 hours of coursework, consisting of core, concentration, and related requirements. You will take 12 hours in the core liberal arts disciplines of fine arts, social sciences, and humanities, with at least one course in each area. You will also select one of these three disciplines as your area of concentration in which to take 15 hours of upper-level courses. In addition, you must take one interdisciplinary studies course and one professional component course chosen in consultation with and approved by the liberal studies program director.

Three Liberal Arts Areas of Study

  • Fine Arts: Art, Art History, Music, Theater Arts
  • Social Sciences: Economics, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology, Urban Affairs, Geography, History (may also be classed with Humanities)
  • Humanities: Classical Languages and Cultures, Communication, English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Religion

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Includes courses in African and African-American Studie3s, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, International Studies, and other courses of a multidisciplinary nature. 

Professional Component

  • Includes courses in Business, Computer Science, Public Administration, Technical Writing, and other courses providing workplace skills. 

View Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program information and degree requirements in the University Catalog.

Admission

  • New students: Review the college admission requirements and complete the admission application. Identify that you will be majoring in liberal studies.
  • Transfer students: Contact the Transfer Center, as well as the liberal studies director, to explore how this major can work for you.
  • Current students: If you wish to change majors, go to the WINGS Express major/minor change request form and change your major. If you are an undecided/exploratory student, talk to the liberal studies director to learn how this major can work for you.

 


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