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

Learning Objective


Evidence of Attainment


Plan ways to explore connections by developing an ambitious, interdisciplinary program of study that is in keeping with personal goals

Plan of Study narrative; Plan of Study with its distribution requirement of three related domains (18 cr., 12 cr., 9 cr.)


Articulate connections and patterns within and across disciplines

Plan of Study narrative; capstone major project.

Demonstrate a depth of understanding in the connected domains of study.

Completion of capstone course and 21 credit upper-level requirement.

Bring to fruition a major project that demonstrates knowledge, connections, and synthesis of material in the chosen domains of study.

Capstone major project.


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

Extended Classroom Experience and reflection paper.



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

In addition:

Additional Stipulations

* Capstone: Subject to the advisor's approval, the capstone course may be:

  1. an existing Senior Seminar course in a discipline reflecting the student's focus, preferably within the 18-credit domain, possibly the 12-credit domain; if no appropriate Senior Seminar exists, then
  2. an appropriate existing upper-level course, preferably from within the 18-credit domain, possibly from the 12-credit domain; if no appropriate existing course exists, then
  3. an appropriate independent study, with choice of topic and faculty mentor to be approved by the Liberal Arts Program Committee (LAPC) members.

Whatever the choice of capstone course, the outcome of the experience should in some way reflect and demonstrate the synthesis of domains described in the student's initial degree proposal.

* 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.