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Undergraduate Programs: Liberal Studiesnext

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Degree earned

Total number of credits

A.S.

60

B.S.

120

 

Program Goals:

  • Encourage students’ pursuit and enjoyment of an expanded intellectual life.
  • Promote the development of strong skills in the areas of critical reading and thinking, communication, quantitative analysis, and information literacy.
  • Foster a deep understanding of and hands-on experience with inquiry practices of disciplines that explore the natural, social and cultural realm and their relation to each other.
  • Cultivate habits of the mind that foster integrative thinking and the ability to transfer skills and knowledge from one setting to another.
  • Develop proactive sense of responsibility for individual, civic, and social choices.

Program Description:

The Liberal Studies program is part the College’s Division of Liberal Arts and Communciation and is based on the development of an individualized course of study by a student and his/her advisor. This approach allows students to tailor their coursework to some degree in order to meet their personal interests and needs. Apart from the basic liberal arts requirements, students are free to select a major percentage of their courses within elective categories. Students are given significant responsibility for planning a coherent study program and afforded the freedom and opportunity to sample many disciplines and career areas.

Elective courses are broken into two categories:

Liberal arts and sciences electives which must be chosen from offerings in humanities, social sciences, multimedia, natural sciences or mathematics. Free electives which may include the previous broad subject areas as well as any of Medaille College’s career courses and professional, technical and occupational courses transferred from two- or four-year institutions. Other non-traditional approaches to granting credit, such as Prior Learning Assessment, may also be applied toward the Liberal Studies degree.

The degree options of the Liberal Studies program allow students the opportunity to utilize prior recognized educational and professional experiences which frequently are not applicable or transferable to other degree programs. Because of the unique nature of the program, an individual interested in obtaining the Liberal Studies degree should consult with the division head in order to discuss his/her educational background and to plan an educational goal. Students must work closely with their Academic Advisor throughout their studies to discuss course selections. It is also strongly recommended that early in the program students visit the Career Planning and Placement Office to help them identify their own personal and career goals. This goal identification is of great importance to students when selecting electives which will help them meet their needs.

Liberal Studies students may complete a specific, existing academic minor or choose to organize their electives around a central topic or theme such as American Studies. In planning their program, students may use such a central theme, for example, to organize and integrate liberal arts electives in humanities and social sciences with free electives in political science. Another example could be students interested in working in sales who might take a combination of courses in business, advertising, speech, writing, public relations and other related areas to prepare them for success in this field. Many other theme areas are possible. 

 

CREDIT DISTRIBUTION (A.S.) 

General Education Core (15 credits)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3) [Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective.]

ENG 100 Fundamentals of College Writing (3) and ENG 110 College Writing (3) or ENG 110 College Writing (3) and ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (3) [Students who meet the math competency must substitute a Free Elective]

MAT 201 Statistics and Society (3)

 

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (18 credits)

Humanities Electives (6): May include any ART, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHI, SPA, SPE, or THE course

Social Sciences Electives (6): May include any APY, CRJ, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SSC, SOC course

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (6): May include any APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, CRJ, DAN, ENG, ECO, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS, HUM, INT, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, or THE course

 

Free Elective Component (27 credits)

May include any College course. Because of the limited number of elective hours required for the associate degree, the in-depth concept and theme topics are not required. However, students are encouraged to organize their electives according to their future career and educational goals. In addition, students are counseled to select courses that may later lead to a baccalaureate degree.

 

Total 60 credit hours


 

CREDIT DISTRIBUTION (B.S.)

General Education Core (33 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3) [Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a Free Elective]

GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America (3)

GEN 230 Creative Expression (3)

GEN 240 Scientific Discovery (3)

GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I (3)

GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (3) [Students who meet the math competency must substitute a Free Elective]

MAT 201 Statistics and Society (3)

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

 

Experiential Learning (3 credits)

Any 377/477 level course

 

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (36 credits)

ENG 205 Introduction to Literature or ENG 215 Introduction to World Literature (3)

Choose any five courses from the following disciplines (15):

APY 100 Introduction to Anthropology (3)

ECO 200 Macroeconomics or ECO 201 Microeconomics (3)

GEO 110 Physical Geography (3)

HIS 100 Western Civilization or HIS 101 World Cultures or HIS 140 Early United States History or HIS 150 Contemporary United States History (3)

POL 100 Introduction to Political Science or POL 101 United States Government (3)

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3)

 

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (18 credits)

Choose six 300/400 level liberal arts and sciences electives, including: APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, CRJ, DAN, ECO, ENG, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS, HUM, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, or THE courses

 

Free Elective Component (48 credits)

May include any College course.

 

Total 120 credit hours