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2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, Department of

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Department Chair

James R. Hofmann

Department Office/Website

Humanities 230


Emily Bonney, April Bullock, Mark Fischer, Margaret Garber, Joseph Gonzalez, James Hofmann, Kevin Lambert, Edward Maine, Craig McConnell, Andrea Patterson, Angeles Sancho-Velazquez, Saul Tobias


Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary department that integrates concepts from the humanities and arts, the natural sciences and the social sciences. Some core courses trace the historical development of these areas of knowledge in their intellectual and cultural context. The broad framework of these courses will enable students to see the whole range of human knowledge. Other core courses compare and contrast the methods and underlying assumptions of the humanities and arts, the natural sciences and the social sciences, and explore the ways in which these disciplines communicate. The critical thinking and communication skills these courses develop provide students with the self-confidence that comes from being able to express one’s ideas clearly and effectively both orally and in writing. The core courses use a combination of lecture, discussion and seminar to make the student not only a well-rounded, well-educated person, but also a more independent thinker and a more creative human being.

The major in Liberal Studies is designed for students who desire the broadest possible liberal education: (1) as preparation for teaching all subjects in the elementary school classroom; (2) as an alternative approach to careers in business; (3) as preprofessional preparation for entry into professional schools in the health sciences, law, ministry, etc.; (4) as a means of obtaining specific occupational requirements that cannot be met from coursework in a single department; (5) and as a source of personal growth and development.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ArtsNon-Degree


      Liberal Studies

      Courses are designated as LBST in the class schedule.

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