Students who major in liberal studies may receive either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The B.A. degree requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. The B.S. degree requires the following cognate sequence: STA 215, LIB 301, and one of the following: AHS 301, GPY 300, HST 290, PLS 300, STA 216, STA 314, STA 318, STA 340, STA 345.
Core courses (18 credits). All majors are required to take the following courses:
Area of Focus/Emphasis Area (18 credits, at least 15 of which must be upper-division courses). In preparing the study plan, students will select courses organized around an academic discipline, an area of professional preparation, or a problem, issue, or theme in human experience. Examples areas of focus include:
The Liberal Studies program also offers a Leadership Emphasis.
Required for emphasis:
The following courses can count toward the remaining 15 credits in the Leadership Emphasis:
Liberal Studies Contextual Electives. All majors are required to select a body of at least three elective courses (9cr). Students may select their electives from across the entire Grand Valley curriculum. The liberal studies committee recommends that students in the lower levels of study consider structuring their electives as a career component of their study plan, including areas such as business, computer science, and international study.
Application and Synthesis (five credits or more)
STUDENTS SHOULD APPLY FOR GRADUATION UPON ENROLLMENT IN LIB 495.