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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

Overview:

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.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Liberal Arts majors take courses from these groups:

CORE COURSES
Students who major in liberal arts complete core courses based on their two areas of concentration.

CONCENTRATIONS
BA in Liberal Arts majors will choose two of four areas of study:

  • Art: Includes courses in Art History, Drawing, Watercolor and Clay, or you may choose solely additional art history courses
  • English Literature: Includes courses in British Literature, American Literature, Literary Criticism and Modern Poetry
  • Philosophy: Includes courses in Logic, History of Philosophy, Theories of Human Nature and Legal Ethics
  • Religious Studies: Includes courses in Methods of Religious Study, History of Christian Theology and Introduction to Religions of the World

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies.

Opportunities

In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.

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