The Liberal Studies Department at Grand Valley State University is different from most other departments, because Liberal Studies students design study plans that suit their specific interests, talents, and career aspirations utilizing courses throughout the university.
The program begins with a core of required courses. Then, with the help of a faculty advisor, students develop a major area of study based on a specific theme, issue, problem, or career interest.
Here's how one graduate described her liberal studies experience:
"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?"
Students interested in exploring the liberal studies option might begin by taking one of the core courses in conjunction with the Grand Valley State University general education requirement or one of the integrative or interdisciplinary electives. Students may also wish to make an advising appointment with any one of the faculty from the liberal studies department.
- Demonstrate the ability to engage in perspective-taking
- Integrate knowledge and modes of thinking drawn from two or more disciplines
- Produce an interdisciplinary understanding of a complex problem or intellectual question
- Demonstrate the application of classroom knowledge to real-world problems, questions or applications
- Demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills at levels required for effective performance in professional and other social or cultural contexts
- Demonstrate social responsibility through campus and/or local civic engagement – examining how local action connects to regional, national, and international conditions
- Demonstrate intercultural understanding – identify intersections of socially and culturally constructed identities and effects of unearned privilege and systems of discrimination
Why Liberal Studies?
Fun Fact: The Liberal Studies Department was approved in Fall of 2004, and began its first year as a department in Fall of 2005!
Page last modified October 28, 2013