Liberal Studies

Bachelor of Arts, Department of Liberal Studies

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Department Overview

This major is intended to be student- designed so as to meet the personal needs and objectives of the student. Any student may petition for approval of a program not accommodated by any existing majors. Thus, a student with a liberal studies major may not have a major in any other area. The student should consult with the Associate Dean, who will, in consultation with appropriate members of the faculty, determine if the student’s objective can be met with available faculty and courses.

In consultation with the departmental personnel involved and the Associate Dean, the student must prepare both a plan of study and a detailed statement concerning the purpose of the proposed special program. The plan and statement, accompanied by a supporting statement from each department chair, must be submitted to the curriculum committee for approval. It is expected that all proposals for a Liberal Studies major will be submitted to the Associate Dean of the College and the curriculum committee by the end of the second semester of the student’s junior year. In all events, no proposal will be accepted after the deadline for application for graduation.


Kimberly Shankman, Ph.D.
Dean of the College
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