Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Students majoring in Liberal Studies will select one of the following concentrations or create an individualized program of study through the Baccalaureate Contract Program.

Asian Studies & International Trade

This concentration will provide students with the opportunity to pursue coursework in business and economics, foreign language, area studies, as well as a study abroad experience.

Religious Studies
Designed for students with a diversity of backgrounds and interests in religion, this concentration is a traditional liberal arts field that helps students to develop skills in critical thinking, the analysis of complex issues, and oral and written expression.

Judaic Studies
Bornblum Judaic Studies explores the experience of the Jewish people within the contexts of world cultures in a non-theological orientation.

Accelerated Program Bachelor's to Masters

The Accelerated Bachelor of Liberal Studies to Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program provides an opportunity for high quality, academically engaged students to complete a Bachelor's and Master's degrees in five years as opposed to the traditional trajectory of six years. The proposed program does not alter the requirements for either degree, but allows students to count up to nine (9) credit hours of graduate level courses toward both degrees, thereby reducing the total time to complete the MALS degree. The three required graduate courses are listed below, taken in the senior year:

UNIV 7000 Foundations of Liberal Studies (3 hours): Analytical introduction to graduate liberal studies and its theoretical framework; readings concerning the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
UNIV 7100 Research in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 hours): Methods of inquiry and research appropriate to graduate interdisciplinary studies.
UNIV 7200 Liberal Studies Seminar (3 hours): Interdisciplinary examination of a major issue, historical period, or theme. Topic may vary.

Minors

American Studies
American Studies examines the culture and society of the United States, with focus on how Americans express their basic values and give meaning to their institutions and everyday social practices.

Religion in Society
Students in this minor will examine the role of religion in society as seen from the perspectives of cultural and social organizations; of history and philosophy; of art and music.