College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


The Department of Liberal Studies (with Foreign Languages and Philosophy) offers interdisciplinary degrees designed to prepare students for employment, civic participation and life-long learning in a complex, global environment.

A Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts degree requires students to complete 120 semester hours in designated areas of competency including 24 hours of Concentration Studies and a Senior Research Project. The program provides students with a solid liberal arts education. The degree affords students a breadth of academic experience, as well as depth in a particular field of concentration.

The broad-based interdisciplinary nature of Liberal Studies provides the knowledge base and the communication and analytical skills appropriate for graduate work, entrepreneurial endeavors and numerous careers and occupations in the public and private sectors of the economy.

The Department of Liberal Studies (with Foreign Languages and Philosophy) offers concentration options in African-American Studies, Cultural Studies, International Studies, Pre-Law, Dance, Race, Class & Culture, Women’s Studies and the Individualized Studies Program. The Individualized Studies Program option allows students to tailor a degree that meets their educational and career goals and is especially helpful to non-traditional students who are returning to college after a break for family or career pursuits.

What should I do now?

Anyone wishing to become a Liberal Studies major should contact the Chair of the Liberal Studies Department at, 336-256-2165 (voice) or 336-256-2411 (fax), or visit the department office in Room A456 of the General Classroom Building. Admission of students to the Liberal Studies undergraduate degree program is based upon general admission requirements of the university. Transfer into the Liberal Studies Program requires a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average for most of the concentrations.

International Studies requires a 2.7 grade point average. Pre-Law requires a 2.5 grade point average and the Individualized Studies Program requires a 3.0 and acceptance by committee approval. A minimum grade of a “C” is required for all concentration courses, and core requirements: LIBS 200 (Introduction to Liberal Studies), LIBS 300 (Research Methods), LIBS 499 (the required Senior Research Project), and LIBS 475 (the capstone course).

After a review of the curriculum and admission to Liberal Studies, students are advised by a Concentration Coordinator for course selection, career advising, graduate school advising, etc.