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. The document must then be approved by the Dean of the College Arts & Sciences before the student can become a Liberal Studies major.


The University of St. Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Liberal Studies majors must complete the following requirements:

  • Fifteen credit hours from any three of the following academic departments, totaling 45 hours: (English & Foreign Language; Fine Arts; History & Political Science; Communication and Media Arts; Mathematics; Natural Sciences; Psychology & Sociology; and Theology & Philosophy). At least three credit hours from each department must be an upper division course.
  • Fifteen credit hours in any existing academic major. This must be in addition to the courses described above. Nine credit hours in this department must be in upper division courses.
  • All university-wide liberal education requirements. A maximum of nine credit hours that count for university-wide requirements may also count toward the major. However, no more than 3 credit hours may be applied to any one discipline.
  • LBST 400- Liberal Studies Senior Project -1-3 credit hours
    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 credit hours of the 120 credit hours required for graduation must be in upper division courses.
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