Liberal Studies

Our Liberal Studies Major allows you to choose a combination of courses from several disciplines. The Humanities department provides students with scholarly and practical opportunities for learning about the discrete disciplines of Communications, Drama, English, the Fine Arts, History, and Philosophy.

Students are also offered the opportunity to ground their undergraduate experience in an American Studies major, a History, and Social Studies major, or a Liberal Studies major, as well as the Humanities Core curriculum courses.

All Humanities courses seek to enact the general goal of the Humanities department to instill in the student the significance of and the means by which discrete disciplines within the Humanities interact not only with each other, but also with fields of study outside the traditional purview of the Humanities.

Learning is done with a conscious awareness of how the study of the Humanities relates to a Christian worldview.


Part 1: General Education Core
(See Core Studies Requirements)

Part 2: Liberal Arts Major

40 credits, no more than 9 of which may be used to satisfy Core Studies requirements. None of these credits may be used to satisfy another major in the Humanities Department.

24 credits in residence, 21 upper division. Required:

COMM/EN 350Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction3
OR COMM/EN 351Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction3
FA 300Aesthetics3
PHIL 201Introduction to Philosophy3
HUM 391/392Humanities Internship2-5
Electives from at least three of the following academic areas (total a minimum of 40 credits for the degree):
ART 100Basic Studio Art2
ART 250/350Art Appreciation3
EN 215/215Global Literature3
OR EN 245/345Urban Literature3
EN/DR 220Introduction to Drama3
OR EN 250/349Understanding Film and its Forms3
EN/DR 360Shakespeare3
OR EN 325Rogues and Rebels: Survey of
Literature in English 1600 to 1815
OR EN 326Romantics and Realists: Survey of Literature in English 1815 to Present3
OR EN 335Epic Literature and Mythology3
OR EN 336Sagas, Saints, and Sonnets: Survey of Literatures in English 700 to 16003
OR COMM/EN 385Introduction to Critical Strategies3
COMM 220Public Speaking3
COMM/EN 450Ethical Theory for Writing and Reading3
FA 200Introduction to the Arts3
Participatory Fine Arts Elective (Music, Drama, Art)1-3
HIS 306Seminar in US History3
HIS 316Seminiar in European History3
HIS 321Seminar in World History3
HIS/URB 370History of the American City3
HIS 485Historiography3
PHIL 300Ethics3
BI 230Major Characters of the Old Testament3
BI 250Life and Teachings of Jesus3
OR BI 260Life and Teachings of Jesus3
REL/SOC 310Religions of the World3
OR REL 351Christian Thought in American Culture3
MA 104Math Concepts and Applications3
BIO/PHSCollege Level Biology or Physical Science w/Lab3-4
MAAny Math course above MA 1113-4
Social Sciences:
EC 203Economics3
PS 140American Government3
OR PSY 140/141General Psychology3
OR SOC 140Principles of Sociology3
PS/BUS 303Business and Employment Law3
PSY/BIO 300Neuroscience and Behavior3
OR PSY 314Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 401History and Systems of Psychology3
OR PSY 402Personality Theory3
OR PSY 411Psychology of Religion3
SS 351Cultural Anthropology3
OR SS/BUS 380Conflict: From Theory to Action3
SOC/HIS 340Ethnic Relations in America3
OR SOC/PS 345Social Problems and Public Policy3
OR SOC/PS/SS 355Issues in International Relations3
OR SOC/REL 470Christian Social Concern3
OR SOC 380Contemporary Family Issues3

Major Competencies

  • Graduates will use a multidisciplinary approach to learning; demonstrate sound understanding of content, methods, and interpretive perspectives within different fields in the Humanities, Religious Studies, Math, and the Natural and Social Sciences.
  • Graduates will identify connections and inter-relationships among disparate disciplines to effectively engage complex social and professional issues.
  • Graduates will think critically and collaboratively.
  • Graduates will communicate effectively in both written and oral forms.
  • Graduates will transform culture by engaging aesthetic urban contexts and communities.

(Updated Sept. 2015)