About Us

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Liberal Studies! In this major, you will be able to explore solutions to the complex problems that our nation and world face at the beginning of the 21st century.

You will combine perspectives, approaches and methodologies from not just one discipline but several disciplines. By looking at problems from the point of view of more than one discipline, you will take advantage of the best that several disciplines have to offer and, in this way, gain an understanding that is both broad and deep. You will acquire knowledge and skills that employers are seeking in today's job applicants: critical analysis, thinking and writing skills, flexibility, adaptability and the ability to synthesize information from different sources. "Interdisciplinarity" is rapidly becoming the cutting-edge approach in major colleges and universities across the country. By majoring in one of Liberal Studies' eight concentrations, you will graduate with a degree that is in the forefront of academic teaching and research.

The Liberal Studies Department seeks to serve students with a variety of needs:

  • Traditional and nontraditional students who want to design their own majors.

  • Traditional students who are keenly interested in an interdisciplinary approach to issues and problems, in preparation for graduate or professional school or a career in the public or private sector.

  • Nontraditional students who work full-time and / or are returning to school after several years in the workforce. The flexibility of Liberal Studies Concentrations enables nontraditional students to complete the B.A. degree by taking mostly online and evening classes.

  • Traditional and nontraditional students who seek to change their major without losing a large number of the credit hours they have already earned. The flexibility of Liberal Studies Concentrations helps these students to graduate in a timely manner.

I invite you to explore what we have to offer and consider becoming a Liberal Studies major! If you have any questions, please feel free to call or stop by the Liberal Studies office (336-256-2165 or A-455 General Classroom Building).

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Mission and Vision

Our Mission is to provide both traditional and nontraditional students with an interdisciplinary education that prepares them to succeed and make a difference in an increasingly complex and globalized world.

Our Vision is to become a center on campus of intellectual challenge and excitement, where students make connections between various disciplinary approaches to solving the problems that confront the U.S. and the global community in the 21st century. 

Please browse our website for more information about our eight concentrations:

If you have further questions, please visit the Liberal Studies office, located in A-455 General Classroom Building, or call 336-256-2165.

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