photo of a studentThe Liberal Studies major provides a strong foundation in core areas of critical thinking, writing, and understanding society.  

It draws on courses from all of the departments and programs in the College of Liberal Arts. Therefore Liberal Studies majors have unusual flexibility in designing their own program of study. It is ideal for students whose interests encompass more than one area of concentration. It is also particularly well suited for those who, for whatever reason, change the direction of their career path partway through their course of study yet still wish to graduate in a timely fashion.

In addition to the Wright Core courses and the College of Liberal Arts basic requirements (two years of a foreign language and Methods of Inquiry courses), Liberal Studies students take 12 hours of courses for the Liberal Studies Core with at least one course in each of three Liberal Arts area of study, Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Each student then selects one of these three as an area of concentration in which to take 15 hours of upper division courses (two courses must be designated Integrated Writing). Students also must take one Interdisciplinary Studies course and a 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 (can also be classed with Humanities)

Classical Humanities, Communication, English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Religion

Interdisciplinary Studies

Students take one course (3 hrs) selected from a list approved by the Liberal Studies program director. These include courses in African and African-American Studies, Women’s Studies, International Studies and other courses of a multidisciplinary nature.

Professional Component

One course (3 hrs) selected by the student and approved by the Liberal Studies Program Director that relates directly to the student’s career choice. Examples include courses in Business, Computer Science, Public Administration, Technical Writing, among many other possibilities.

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

Graduation Planning Strategy (PDF)

Liberal Studies Checklist (PDF)