Liberal Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)

The liberal studies program at Grand Valley State University allows students to develop a major area of study based on a specific theme, issue, problem, or career interest.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Students may choose a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. It is an appropriate major for students who wish to

  • organize their studies around problems, issues, and themes, (such as the nature of work, the relationship between religion and society, and community organization,) rather than around traditional disciplines;
  • emphasize a particular interdisciplinary area of study, such as cultural studies, American studies, sustainability studies, gender studies, and more; and
  • concentrate simultaneously on a general education and a particular academic discipline or career area.


Students begin with core courses and work with an academic advisor to develop an individualized study plan with elective and emphases based on their career interests. Visit for more information.

Career Options

Graduates have enjoyed career opportunities as:

  • Account executives
  • Client services managers
  • Corporate researchers
  • Customer service directors
  • Project managers
  • Public and nonprofit administrators
  • Staff directors
  • Systems coordinators

Why Study Liberal Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Students can pursue interdisciplinary studies and can reach across disciplinary fields to draw on the academic resources of the campus.
  • Students receive personal attention by faculty in all courses in our student-oriented, teaching-focused program.
  • Grand Valley's liberal studies program prepares students for life in a fast-changing world.
  • Talented and highly credentialed faculty members with real-world experience are dedicated to teaching, which means a more relevant learning experience for students.
  • Smaller class sizes means students and faculty have multiple opportunities to interact and get to know each other.
  • Faculty members are actively engaged in their disciplines, which enhances learning.

For More Information

Liberal Studies Program
(616) 331-8020
Admissions Office

I learned about myself. I learned about the world. I learned how to interact with others and the world. I learned my strengths and weaknesses, and I learned to make decisions. I learned to think. What else is there to an education?


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