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.
Why Liberal Studies?
Page last modified January 23, 2013