Liberal Studies

Program Description

The Liberal Studies major develops students’ knowledge and skills with coursework drawn from throughout the School of Arts and Sciences. Students engage in a self-directed program of study where, in consultation with an advisor, they select upper-level courses across two to three related disciplines. In these disciplines, students acquire key ideas, concepts and skills, examine questions with cross-disciplinary perspective, and complete a capstone project that allows them to integrate and apply prior learning. 

Why take this major?

This major prepares students for a wide array of possible careers or graduate level studies as it allows for great flexibility in selecting areas of interest.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of key ideas, concepts and skills of a single discipline
  2. Examine questions that cross multiple disciplines and draw conclusions
  3. Demonstrate effective expression within a discipline
  4. Demonstrate active responsibility within a disciplinary or cross-disciplinary framework

Program Contact Information

School of Arts and Sciences, Dean’s Office
Holroyd Hall, Suite 104
SASOffice@lasalle.edu
(215)-951-1042

 

Degree Earned

B.A. – Liberal Studies

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

Major: 12

Total: Minimum of 38

Number of Credits Required for Graduation

Major: 36

Total: 120

GPA Required for Graduation

Major: 2.0

Cumulative: 2.0

Progress Chart

Level One - Core Courses

12 courses and 2 modules required

Universal Required Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete the following 4 courses.

ILO 8.1: Written Communication

ENG 110 - College Writing I: Persuasion

ILO 5.1: Information Literacy

ENG 210 - College Writing II: Research

ILO 1.1: Understanding Diverse Perspectives

FYS 130 - First-Year Academic Seminar **

NOTE. The following students use Level 2 Capstone Experience in Major instead of FYS 130: Honors, BUSCA, Core-to-Core, Transfer, and Non-Traditional/Evening.

ILO 2.1: Reflective Thinking and Valuing

REL 100 - Religion Matters

Elective Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs.

ILO 3.1a: Scientific Reasoning

Choose course within ILO *See note

ILO 3.1b: Quantitative Reasoning

Choose course within ILO *See note

ILO 6.1: Technological Competency

Choose course within ILO *See note

ILO 8.1a/12.1: Oral Communication/ Collaborative Engagement

Choose course within ILO *See note

Distinct Discipline Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs. Each course must be from a different discipline. (A "discipline" is represented by the 3- or 4-letter prefix attached to each course.)

ILO 4.1: Critical Analysis and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO *See note

ILO 9.1: Creative and Artistic Expression

Choose course within ILO *See note

ILO 10.1: Ethical Understanding and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO *See note

ILO 11.1: Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity

Choose course within ILO *See note

Universal Required Modules (2 Courses)

Students must complete the following 2 non-credit modules.
The Modules are not required for Transfer Students, Core-to-Core Students, or BUSCA Students. BUSCA students are required to take modules if/when they pursue a bachelor’s degree.

ILO 7.1a

Health Literacy Module

ILO 7.1b

Financial Literacy Module

Major Requirements

Major requirements include 4 Level Two ILO requirements, fulfilled through the major.

Students in this major must complete Minimum of 38 courses in total in order to graduate. 12 courses will be from this major program.

Level Two (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course/learning experience in each of the 4 commitments.

ILO 2.2: Broader Identity (Capstone Course/Experience)

Fulfilled within major

Choose one ILO from 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2a, or 7.2b: Expanded Literacies

Fulfilled within major

ILO 8.2b: Effective Expression (Writing-Intensive Course)

Fulfilled within major

Choose on ILO from 10.2, 11.2, or 12.2: Active Responsibility

Fulfilled within major

All Other Required Courses

  • Satisfy Core Level 1 requirements, two of which may be courses that count towards the below major requirements
  • Complete six courses in a discipline, at least four must be at the 300-level or above
  • Complete five courses in one to two related disciplines, four must be at the 300-level or above.
    • Disciplines are considered “related” if they fall within the same general grouping, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, as the primary discipline (NB: some disciplines are understood to belong to two of those groupings). The student’s primary advisor may permit an exception to this if the student purposefully seeks an interdisciplinary degree organized around a theme.
  • Three of the above 11 courses must fulfill the three Level Two ILOs: active responsibility, expanded literacies, and effective expression. The course chosen must be designated to fulfill the ILO within a major.
  • Capstone experience – a capstone course or an individually supervised research project or internship relevant to the student's major coursework. This course must fulfill the ILO Level 2 requirement of “Broader Identity.”

Free Electives

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must take enough courses to the fulfill graduation credit requirements for their School and major.

Dual Major Requirements

Students must complete all of the degree requirements for Liberal Studies regardless of whether it is a first or second major.

Minor Requirements

There is no minor offered in Liberal Studies.

Year 1

Two courses that fulfill ILOs and count towards one of the disciplinary concentrations

Year 2

Two upper-level courses in a disciplinary concentration

One upper-level course in a related discipline/s

Year 3

Two upper-level courses in a disciplinary concentration

Two upper-level courses in a related discipline/s

Year 4

Fall

One upper-level course in a disciplinary concentration

One upper-level course in a related discipline/s

Spring

Capstone experience course

 

Course Descriptions

All course descriptions may be found in the main menu under Undergraduate > Courses: A-Z