The Liberal Studies Major curriculum consists of eight courses drawn from general education and elective requirements. The program is guided by your interests and provides the opportunity to choose from eight concentrations. Through your choice of concentration courses, discussions with faculty mentors, written reports and completion of a capstone project, you’ll become well versed at identifying important connections and intersections between and among distinct disciplines, giving you a significant advantage as you enter the workforce.
In the American Studies concentration, you’ll explore the cultural, historical, and political life of the United States and its place in the world. It prepares you for a variety of careers or graduate study in such areas as law, public relations, government and public policy, nonprofit administration, journalism, teaching, and school administration.
Diversity and Society
One of the great challenges of our time is to achieve a society that is integrative of diversity and provides for equal opportunity such that diversity enriches rather than divides. The Diversity and Society concentration provides you with an understanding of this challenge through exposure to a broad range of topics and disciplines, all of which are united by a concern regarding diversity and equality. This allows you to extend an understanding of diversity beyond society and into their organization, as well as appreciate and understand how diversity can productively and positively contribute to our everyday lives.
Earth, Environment, and Global Sustainability
Just how long can the planet’s resources sustain us? Answering this question is one of our biggest global challenges. Scientific and technological solutions to these issues will depend on economic, political, and social advances requiring international cooperation. This concentration provides you with a background in earth and its environmental systems, together with global perspectives on the challenges of sustainable development.
Ethics and Social Responsibility
Big business decisions have big ethical implications. The Ethics and Social Responsibility concentration is grounded in philosophy, and designed to give you the opportunity for in-depth study of these issues from theoretical, practical, and cross-disciplinary perspectives.
In today’s world, there are lots of thinking, communicating, doing business and governing — some of them very different than ours. The Global Perspectives concentration gives you a firm understanding of the global economy, as well as the distinct regions and cultures of the world.
Health and Industry
Health impacts us all, on many levels. In this concentration, you’ll explore the issues of human biology, psychology, health and disease that affect personal development, health and wellness. It’s excellent preparation for careers in biopharmaceutical development, health-care product or service marketing, health-plan or benefit administration, and management of health-care providers and institutions.
Media Arts and Society
The Media Arts and Society concentration helps you explore the uses and effects of modern media, gives you skills in media technology, and encourages creative thinking through the use of such media. This concentration has a strong hands-on component, so you’ll learn how to work with video, graphic design, digital photography, and sound design in new ways.
To look at the world quantitatively means to ask questions that can best be answered with analytical data. The Quantitative Perspectives concentration emphasizes ways to make connections between quantitative analysis and other disciplines, which differs significantly from a traditional math major or minor.