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"At Grand Valley I built a solid foundation for pursuing a job in industries such as the one I work in now, where we do work with communities, we do education on diversity, and we address cultural differences." - Alfredo Hernandez '09, Diversity Education Associate, Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance

Liberal Studies

The Liberal Studies degree is part of Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies which emphasizes integrative learning of various disciplines.  This degree allows you to enter directly in a career or prepares you for furthering your education in a graduate program.  The Liberal Studies degree allows you to gain knowledge in advanced critical thinking, interdisciplinary approaches, social responsibility and intercultural awareness.

In some cases, you can use previous coursework from various institutions to craft a self designed bachelor program that suits your specific interests, talents, and career goals. Working closely with a faculty advisor, you will develop a major area of study based on a specific theme, issue, problem, or career interest.

The Traverse City program provides the Liberal Studies core courses and a selection of electives that apply to your emphasis area. You will combine coursework transferred from NMC, other community colleges, or four year institutions to complete the degree requirements.

Sample emphasis areas listed below include coursework from NMC and GVSU in Traverse City. It is not an all-inclusive list, other emphasis areas can be planned with your faculty advisor.

Bachelor of Science or Bachelor Art Degree options

  • Humanities and Culture
  • Child Development and Society
  • Environmental Leadership Emphasis
  • Environmental Leadership Emphasis with Freshwater Studies ASA
  • Law and Society (Pre-Law)
  • Health and Human Development (Pre-med, Pre-PA, etc)
  • Social Entrepreneur Leadership
  • Behavioral Sciences and Social Progress
  • Other concentrations available-see GVSU advisor

Please contact nminfo@gvsu.edu to find out how to complete the liberal studies major in Traverse City.        

For more information about the Department of Liberal Studies, visit their website.