The Liberal Studies program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The program provides a more individualized education than can be gained by a concentration in one of the usual majors of the College of Arts and Sciences. In the program, an education in the liberal arts is the foundation for students' intellectual life and provides their preparation for various careers. Students are able to develop a course of study by selecting from a variety of courses. Students in the program learn to analyze what they read, to write effectively, and to appreciate art in its various forms. Students have gone on to further study or careers in such areas as education, teaching, business, law, linguistics, and creative writing.
The Liberal Studies program establishes a solid foundation in the disciplines of the College of Arts and Sciences. To complete the program, students are required to satisfy the core requirements of the College. In addition, students are required to complete a program that consists of an 18-credit minor, 15 additional credits from the liberal arts, a 3-credit writing course, and a Senior Seminar. After these requirements are met, students must take sufficient electives to satisfy minimum graduation requirements of 120 credits.
To earn a bachelor's degree, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. They must also maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA within the Liberal Studies program.
To talk to a faculty adviser, contact Mark Couch, Ph.D., director of the Liberal Studies Program, Mark.Couch@shu.edu or (973) 761-9000 x5183.