The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is a degree program designed to accommodate the students with prior learning credits and those students who wish to have flexibility in designing a program to meet individual personal career interests. Because Mansfield University offers over 50 unique academic minors, our Liberal Arts majors may select from a broad range of degree concentrations. Thus Business, Communication, Art, and Journalism could be combined to construct a concentration in Advertising, or Anthropology, History, and Art History for museum studies.
Students in Liberal Studies fulfill the University's general education program requirements (see General Education) and either declare an academic minor or achieve second-year proficiency in a foreign language. Second year language proficiency is defined as successful completion of the 2202 level of a foreign language. Although there are no specific course requirements for Liberal Studies, the structural foundation of the program is the 24-hour rule. This rule holds that, for a Liberal Studies student, no more than 24 credit hours in any individual prefix area can be counted towards the number of hours needed for graduation (120). (Note that BUS, MU ART, ED and ELE are each separate course prefix areas. The 24-hour rule ensures that Liberal Studies will be used as a combined major.
The mission of the Liberal Studies discipline, offered by the Department of Academic and Human Development, is to assist students in the purposeful planning of an undergraduate liberal education that contributes to an environment which promotes academic and personal growth, as well as intellectual, ethical, and aesthetic values. Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide an individualized education based in the tradition of the liberal arts (humanities, arts, languages, mathematics, and natural and social science). The program is committed to the development of the independent lifelong learner.
· The acquisition of knowledge of:
· The demonstration of skills in:
· The development of dispositions to:
Interested students should contact the chairperson, Professor Deborah Rotella (570-662-4824) for information.