Each liberal studies major must create an individualized Study Plan. Click on the links below to access this form. This document is to help you organize your coursework. A copy of this form should be kept electronically by each student and in hard copy by the department. In the capstone course (LIB 495) you will write an integrative statement that will help you articulate your Area of Focus and why the courses you have chosen are relevant and connected.
If you are interested in learning more about a degree in liberal studies, please visit the Brooks College Office of Integrative Learning and Advising website or call (616) 331-8200 to schedule an appointment.
The Study Plan Form requires the formulation of an Area of Focus, which can be comprised of courses from across the disciplines at the university. This component of the major allows each student to develop a major area of study based on a specific theme, issue, problem, or career interest and concentrate simultaneously on a general education and a particular academic discipline or career area.
After consulting a major advisor and completing this form, each student should submit a copy to the department and keep an electronic copy for their files to allow for easy editing in the future.
Please save a copy of your study plan for future reference and editing. The department also needs a copy of your plan (email to email@example.com).
At times, our majors may decide to specialize their studies with a faculty member in a particular area through an Independent Study course. These are individually designed and must have the approval of the department chair.
To begin the approval process, please review and complete the independent study form with the supervising faculty member and return the signed copy to the Liberal Studies Department in 324 Lake Ontario Hall. Once approved, a permit will be put in place enabling you to register for the course.
The Internship portion of the Liberal Studies major provides supervised work experience through which students can relate liberal studies principles, academic work, and practice. Student, faculty, and advisors agree on the scope of the study, its components, and methods of evaluation.
Main Campus (Allendale and Pew) Students:
Students must attend an Internship Workshop at least one semester prior to registering for Internship. Workshops will be announced via email. After attending the workshop and obtaining an internship, students will should electronically submit their internship agreement via the Internship Management Site. Consult the Internship Agreement Procedure for helpful information.
Please contact Dr. Melanie Shell-Weiss (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions regarding internship.
Muskegon, Holland, and Traverse City, and Accelerated Adult Leadership Program Students:
Please contact the appropriate coordinator from the list below for more information. You will need to submit an internship agreement form. Consult the Internship Agreement Procedure for helpful information. When completing your internship agreement form, please be sure to choose the appropriate coordinator for your home campus from the Internship Coordinator drop-down menu.
Muskegon - Dr. Joel Wendland (email@example.com)
Holland and Holland Accelerated Leadership Cohort - Dr. Shell-Weiss (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Traverse City - Professor Kate Fairman (email@example.com)
Accelerated Leadership Cohort - Grand Rapids Cohort - Dr. Joel Wendland (firstname.lastname@example.org)