Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

The liberal arts major seeks to give students the tools to explore and understand connections and patterns: within and among disciplines; between self and the world; among different cultures. It seeks to give students knowledge of how great thinkers in various fields have sought to understand experience and use their learning to address problems and engage fully with life.

Learning Outcomes for Liberal Arts

Students will be able to:




Connect their academic plan to their personal history and long-term goals.

Plan of Study narrative; reflection papers in capstone course.

Articulate a rationale for their three areas of study and justify the selection of courses in each of those areas.

Plan of Study narrative; plan of study.

Understand the nature and value of interdisciplinary study.

Capstone project; discussion and writing assignments in capstone course.

Demonstrate meaningful connections between their chosen areas of study.

Plan of Study narrative; capstone project; final reflection paper in capstone course.

Demonstrate depth of knowledge in the primary and secondary areas of study.

Completion of capstone course; capstone project; 21 upper-level credits in the major.

Experience and articulate meaningful connections between learning in the major and life outside the classroom.

Extended Classroom Experience (ECE); ECE reflection paper.


Total of 42 credits, at least 21 of which must be upper-division, as follows:

Additional Stipulations

* At least 12 of the 42 credits required within the Liberal Arts major must be taken in the semester(s) after the Plan of Study has been approved.

* Education majors seeking licensure who are using liberal arts as their second major will need to choose their primary and secondary domains in a fashion that meets state licensure requirements.

* A grade of C- or higher must be earned in all courses counted toward the 42 credits for the major.

* A maximum of 6 credits in the major can be used to fulfill the General Education Core Curriculum or the External Degree Program General Education requirements.

* In general, courses such as Student Teaching in Education, which are specifically aimed at career preparation, are not appropriate for inclusion in the 42 credits for the Liberal Arts degree.

Becoming a Liberal Arts Major

A student interested in becoming a liberal arts major on campus will first contact the Liberal Arts Program Committee (LAPC) and be assigned an advisor on the LAPC. In the case of the External Degree Program (EDP), the student will be assigned an advisor in his or her community upon entering EDP. The student and advisor will initially explore together the student's interests and identify relationships between different disciplines or clusters of disciplines which the student would like to explore more deeply. With the advisor's assistance and support, the student will write a program proposal that describes in detail the relationships between two or more domains of study which the student wishes to pursue. Members of the LAPC, who may recommend clarifications or changes, will review the written program proposal, together with the student's transcript and a completed Plan of Study. Once the program proposal has been approved, the student is officially a liberal arts major. The advisor and/or other members of the LAPC or EDP staff will continue to work with the student during her/his progress toward a degree.