Liberal Studies B.A./B.S.

Liberal Studies allows you to build the degree that best suits your interests and ambitions. An interdisciplinary undergraduate program designed to meet the needs of our increasingly diverse culture and marketplace, Liberal Studies draws from all areas of traditional university learning-the humanities, fine arts, the social sciences, math, and the natural sciences-in order to develop the kind of learning valued today by many educators and employers: communication skills, critical thinking, and the ability to master new subjects, ideas, and skills. Working with the Director, you will craft a degree plan that specifically meets your needs and ambitions.

Core Curriculum Courses
See the Core Curriculum Requirements42
Required Courses in the Major
LIBS 300Intro to Liberal Studies3
LIBS 400LS Senior Seminar3
Language Requirement
foreign language or equivalent *6-12
Concentration Requirements
Concentration in one subject area **23
Complementary Field
Complementary Field Requirements15
Other Requirements
elective courses ***28
Total Hours120-126

Two courses (6 semester hours) in foreign language or equivalent are required for a BS in Liberal Studies. Four courses (12 semester hours) in foreign language or equivalent are required for a BA in Liberal Studies.


Concentration in one subject area (23 semester hours with at least 15 advanced hours) taken from existing courses, and studies in a Complementary Field (15 semester hours with at least 9 advanced hours) taken from existing courses. An individualized degree plan in both the Concentration and the Complementary Field areas will be developed by the student in consultation with the Liberal Studies advisor.


Enough elective courses must be taken (with at least 6 advanced semester hours) to complete, along with University Studies courses, 120 hours required for the degree.

The Concentration and Complementary Fields

Students select a Concentration (at least 23 semester hours) in either one of the four interdisciplinary fields (Child and Family Studies, Global and Multicultural Issues, Popular Culture Studies, and Ways of Seeing and Knowing) or one of the traditional disciplines represented by the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts. Students may also select courses for the Complementary Field (at least 15 semester hours) from either the College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts, the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Business, or the College of Education and Human Services. Courses available from these colleges are listed in the current Undergraduate Catalog. An overall GPA of 2.5 is required in both the concentration and complementary fields with no grade lower than a C.

Liberal Studies Interdisciplinary Fields

Liberal Studies students may focus their Concentration (23 hours)  in one of the more traditional disciplines within the College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts. Or students may choose to work in one of the four interdisciplinary concentrations listed below. They may focus their Complementary Field coursework (15 hours) in one of the disciplines in the College of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts; College of Science, Engineering, and Agriculture; College of Business and Entrepreneurship; or College of Education and Human Services.

Child and Family Studies

The Child and Family Studies concentration encourages investigation into the many facets of contemporary domestic living. This area of investigation explores such topics as home and family welfare, parental dynamics, community involvement, and childhood development.

Courses for this concentration include:
AGED 371Agricultural & Youth Leadershi3
CJ 326Juvenile Delinquency3
COUN 316Parent & Family Dynamics3
COUN 414Home & Family Living3
ECE 313Child Development: Early Years3
ECE 358Language Acquisition & Development in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 364Theor Influencing Cld Dev3
ECE 366Learning Environments3
ECE 460Early Childhood Curric3
ENG 305Children's Literature3
ENG 406Adolescent Literature3
HHPH 331Nutrition3
HHPH 362Survey of Human Diseases3
HHPK 324Health and Kinesiology for Children3
PSY 300Learning Processes and Development3
PSY 319Child and Adolescent Development3
PSY 321Psychology of Adolescence3
PSY 322Lifespan Development3
PSY 443Psychology of Death & Dying3
SOC 316Marriage and Family3
SPED 346Survey of Exceptionalities3
SWK 361Issues in Family Treatment3
SWK 362Child Welfare3

Global and Multicultural Issues

The Global and Multicultural Issues concentration emphasizes the diverse ways of looking at world cultures today. Its courses reflect the varying ways we understand communal and individual identity through the lens of race, ethnicity, gender, economics, politics, and culture, both in the United States and abroad. Students in this concentration are not only encouraged to enroll in courses that approach scholarship in a global context, but are also provided with an opportunity to apply that knowledge in a hands-on manner through practicum and field studies.

Courses for this concentration include:
AG 392GLB/Appld Ethics US World Ag3
ANTH 2351US-World Cultures: Perspectives from Anthropology3
ANTH 450Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective3
ART 405History of Modern Art3
BAAS 345Leadership Techniques3
ENG 355Women Writers3
ENG 202Multi-Ethnic American Literature3
ENG 323Mythology3
ENG 432History and Aesthetics of Film3
ENG 444African American Literature3
HIST 303GLB/Historical Geography3
HIST 360Themes in World History3
HIST 365Modern East Asia3
HIST 497Special Topics in History1-4
PSCI 333GLB/Non-European Polit Systm3
PSCI 438GLB/International Relations3
PSCI 488GLB/US-Contemporary Ideas3
SOC 310Psy & Soci Diverse Popula3
SOC 335GLB/Global Social Issues3
SOC 370Minority Groups3

Popular Culture Studies

Popular Culture Studies focuses on the many ways in which mass culture and media both reflect and inform our daily lives. The courses that make up this interdisciplinary concentration examine the ways we work, define leisure, and become consumers. They cover a wide variety of topics such as movies, television, sports, music, comics, magazines, museums, folk art, memorabilia and collecting, celebratory events, as well as the cultural ramifications of technology and advertising. Students are encouraged to engage these popular subject matters not only within their personal lives, but in light of cultural and political contexts as well.

Courses for this concentration include:
ART 1301GLB/Art Appreciation3
ART 404GLB/History of Contemporary Art3
CJ 360Mass Media and Crime3
ENG 200 Popular Literature and Culture3
ENG 406Adolescent Literature3
ENG 432History and Aesthetics of Film3
HIST 264A Nation Divided: American History3
JOUR 1307US-Mass Commun in Society3
JOUR 260Advertising Principles3
JOUR 335Media History3
JOUR 445US-Ethics in the Media3
MKT 386Channels of Distribution3
MUS 1310Introduction to Jazz and Jazz Rock3
PSCI 488GLB/US-Contemporary Ideas3

Ways of Seeing and Knowing

The Ways of Seeing and Knowing concentration is designed to enable the individual to look upon the world from multiple perspectives so as to appreciate its richness and diversity. We may be limited to our own two eyes in perceiving the world (our egocentric predicament), but by exploring ways of seeing and knowing, we can break out of our culturally-determined egocentric, ethnocentric, and aristocentric limitations to understand and appreciate the world in all its complexity.

Courses for this concentration include:
ART 404GLB/History of Contemporary Art3
ART 405History of Modern Art3
BAAS 345Leadership Techniques3
CJ 488Ethics in Criminal Justice3
ENG 323Mythology3
ENG 432History and Aesthetics of Film3
ENG 474Topics in World Literature3
MUS 323GLB/Music History I3
MUS 324GLB/Music History II3
PHIL 1301GLB/US-Intro to Philosophy3
PHIL 2303GLB/US-Logic3
PHIL 331GLB/US-History of Philosophy I3
PHIL 332US-History of Philosophy II3
PHIL 360US-General Ethics3
PHIL 362US-Aesthetics3
PHIL 497Special Topics3
PSCI 330Intro to Political Scienc3
PSCI 345Public Opinion3
PSCI 410GLB/Political Theory I3
PSCI 411GLB/Political Theory II3
PSCI 412GLB/Political Theory III3
PSCI 414Amer Political Thought3
PSY 2301Introduction to Psychology3
PSY 310GLB/US-Psychology and Sociology of Diverse Populations3
PSY 317Psychology of Personality3
PSY 327Cognitive Social Psych3
PSY 350Cognitive Psychology3
PSY 443Psychology of Death & Dying3