The Liberal Studies major offers non-traditional students an opportunity to expand their knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences by building a cohesive major program. This flexible major allows students to take a variety of courses that would not ordinarily be combined for a traditional major.
An essay outlining the student’s academic goals and proposed course groupings will be required prior to admission to the Liberal Studies major. This document must then be approved by the Dean of the College Arts and Sciences before the student becomes a Liberal Studies major.
The University of St. Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Liberal Studies majors must complete the following requirements:
- Fifteen semester hours from any three of the following academic departments, totaling 45 hours: English & Foreign Language; Fine Arts; History & Political Science; Mass Communication; Mathematics; Natural Sciences; Psychology & Sociology; and Theology & Philosophy). At least three credit hours from each department must be an upper division course.
- Fifteen semester hours in any existing major. This must be in addition to the courses described above. Nine semester hours in this department must be in upper division courses.
- All university-wide liberal education requirements. A maximum of nine semester hours that count for university-wide requirements may also count toward the major. However, no more than three semester hours may be applied to any one discipline.
- A final project demonstrating the interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Studies major. Topics and procedures are determined in collaboration with the Liberal Studies Advisor. Thirty-two semester hours of the 128 semester hours required for graduation must be in upper division courses.