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Liberal Studies
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Liberal Studies

About the LSAS Program

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 major, 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 talk to a faculty adviser, contact Mark Couch, Ph.D., director of the Liberal Studies Program, [email protected] or (973) 761-9000 x 5183.

LSAS Faculty

LSAS faculty come from a variety of departments and disciplines. Among these have been Anthropology, Art, Classics, English, History, Philosophy and Languages.


The Liberal Studies major consists of a minimum of 39 credits worked out in consultation with the director. As soon as students decide to enter the program, they should see the director to file a form for the courses under requirement (C). These courses should fit with the minor in (B) to create a coherent program.

A. Completion of the Core Curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences.

B. Completion of a minor (minimum 18 credits) in one of the following disciplines:

  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Art History
  • Asian Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish
  • Fine Arts
  • History
  • Music Performance
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies

C. Completion of four additional courses (12 credits) from the disciplines listed in (B) not required for the core curriculum or the selected minor.

D. Completion of one English course from the following: ENGL 2511, ENGL 2514, ENGL 2515, ENGL 3511

E. Completion of three arts credits from the following: ADIM 1110-2316, MUAP 1011-3699, COBF 2222 and 3222, COTH 3620 and 3625. 

F. Completion of Senior Seminar, IDIS 5001.

G. Completion of additional elective credits sufficient to meet the 120 credit minimum graduation requirement of the college.

H. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in the courses used to satisfy major requirements (B)-(F) inclusive.

Total: 120 

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