Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Liberal Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Linda Sartorelli, Program Director
The liberal studies major challenges students to understand and evaluate human values, cultures and ideas as they are expressed in the various humanities disciplines. In addition, the major invites students to make connections across academic disciplines, historical periods, and diverse cultures. Our faculty believe that the ability to make these connections and to understand from different perspectives is the mark of a truly educated person.
Liberal Studies is a multidisciplinary major in the humanities - history (including history of art & history of music), philosophy, literature, political science, religion, and the languages. It is designed for students who are interested in more than one discipline or in some broad topic or theme. Students majoring in liberal studies have primary responsibility for designing their own college education. They investigate ideas through the process of discovery, and discovery is best begun at the point of their own interests and goals. In the absence of restrictive course requirements, but in close concert with a faculty advisor, liberal studies students plan their own broad-based program. During the third and fourth years, the focus turns towards creating a cohesive cluster of courses dealing with a theme, culture, or period. Students may concentrate, for instance, on humanistic views of science and take courses such as science and religion, literature of the sea, and bioethics. There are many possibilities in this flexible major.
The bachelor of arts in liberal studies prepares the graduate for a broad spectrum of career choices in communications, publishing, government, sales, advertising, public affairs, research, and information management. Moreover it is sound training for law school and graduate work in the humanities. The liberal studies major provides truly practical preparation for a rapidly changing world by developing independence of mind, self-direction, critical thinking and analytic skills, and a continuing desire to learn.
All UNE students take the University Core Curriculum. In addition to the Core requirements, liberal studies candidates in consultation with their advisors will take a minimum of 33 credits in the humanities (history, philosophy, literature, political science, religion, and languages.) At least five courses should be numbered 300 or above. All students will take at least one methodology course in the humanities such as ENG 206 Literary Theory and Criticism, ENG 207Introduction to Cultural Studies, or HIS 290 History Hands On and are encouraged to take at least one Humanities Seminar. In addition, students will enroll in LIL 420 and complete a capstone senior thesis or project. All students may also develop an Internship and enroll in LIL 495.
Majors are also encouraged to take relevant elective courses in the social sciences. Depending upon their career interests, students may take courses in other UNE majors such as business, creative arts, science, or education. The Liberal Studies major is an excellent choice for those students wishing also to enroll in the Pre-Law Program. Because of the flexibility of the curriculum many liberal studies major double major or minor in other disciplines.
|CAS Core Requirements||42-43|
|Program Required Courses*||33|
|LIL 420 - Senior Thesis/Project||3|
|LIL 495 - Internship in Liberal Studies (Optional)||3-9|
|Individually selected courses (as needed to reach 120 credits)||variable|
|Minimum Required Total Credits||120|
*Students design their own curriculum in consultation with their advisors. At least five courses at 300 or 400 level, one methodology course in the Humanities and senior thesis or project are required.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books and housing. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.
- Students will be able to identify and define a problem or issue which can be addressed from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
- Students will be able to apply and integrate methods, materials, and/or insights from different disciplines to the solution of a problem, the analysis of an issue or the completion of a project. This will reflect coursework as well as independent reading and research.
- Students will be able to find and evaluate different views from within a discipline.
- Students will be able to conduct primary and secondary research in order to develop well documented, supported, reasoned, and informed conclusions to problems and issues.
- Students will be able to find, use, and evaluate a variety of sources of information.
- Students will be able to communicate ideas clearly.
- Students will be able to complete an interdisciplinary capstone thesis or project informed by their previous work in different disciplines.
- Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of content from at least two disciplines.