Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies at St. Edward’s empowers you with skills for a lifetime of professional opportunities. If you have a love of learning and synthesizing new ideas, and you want to be prepared for more than one career path, liberal studies may be the ideal degree for you.

In this program, you’ll choose concentrated studies in two of four disciplines in the humanities: English literature, studio art/art history, religion and philosophy. As a result, you’ll study a broader range of subject areas than you would within a traditional, single-discipline major.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies


As a BA in Liberal Studies major, you’ll get to explore multiple passions in one degree, giving you a depth and breadth of knowledge in topics that interest you most. You’ll hone critical skills sought after by every profession — the ability to think, write, research, problem-solve, work in teams and communicate clearly —and gain greater flexibility in a constantly changing workplace.

Students often choose this degree with the goal of continuing their education in a more specific area. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and independent research projects — allows you to learn more about career options and the choice of doing graduate work.

With a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, graduates are prepared to work in a variety of areas, such as nonprofit administration, business, politics, social services, teaching and writing. For example, you might combine English literature and religion to pursue a career as an editor with a religious publisher or a grants coordinator with a food bank. Or study philosophy and art to work as an education program manager with a museum or a researcher in the office of a public servant. Many students apply to graduate school in areas such as law, public health, education and the arts.

Degree Plan:

For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin (course catalog).

• Rhetoric and Composition I and II*
• College Mathematics
• Computational Skills
• Oral Communication
• Modern Language

• Literature and Human Experience
• Understanding and Appreciating Arts
• American Experience
• American Dilemmas*
• History and Evolution of Global Processes
• Contemporary World Issues

• The Human Experience
• Ethics*
• Religious Studies/Philosophy
• Science in Perspective
• Science in Depth


Areas of Specialization
Art Concentration
Required Courses:
• Art History I
• Art History II
• Modern Art History
Required Electives (12 hours):
• Drawing I
• Clay I
• Drawing II
• Watercolor I
• Issues in Contemporary Art
• Topics in Art History (may be repeated with new topic)
• Image Methodology
• History of Photography

English Literature Concentration
Required Courses:
• British Literature I
• British Literature II
• American Literature I
• American Literature II
• Literary Criticism
Required Electives (6 hours):
• Development of English Drama up to the Moderns
• Shakespeare's Tradegies and Romances
• Shakespeare's Comedies and Histories
• Modern and Contemporary Drama
• Modern American Poetry
• Modern and Postmodern Literature

Philosophy Concentration
Required Courses:
• Logic
• History of Philosophy I or History of Philosophy II or History of Philosophy III
• Philosophy of Religion or Theory of Knowing
• Directed Readings or Senior Seminar
Required Electives (9 hours):
• Legal Ethics
• Theories of Human Nature
• Philosophy of Science

Religious Studies Concentration
Required Courses:
• Methods in Religious Studies
• Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
• Introduction to the New Testament
• History of Christian Theology I
• History of Christian Theology II
• Contemporary Theological Questions or Senior Seminar
Suggested Electives (6 hours):
• Introduction to Religions of the World
• Justice, Peace and Liberation
At least 120 hours is needed for graduation


You must register for this course in your graduating term to be certified for graduation.

* These courses are prerequisites for Capstone.