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Liberal Arts

Programs of Study
Master's Degree

Master of Liberal Arts

Required Core

15 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses.

MLA 500U Methods and Themes in Liberal Studies
MLA 506U Humanities Seminar
MLA 507U Social Sciences Seminar
MLA 508U Science Seminar
MLA 599U Seminar in Liberal Arts

Required Focus

15 semester hours. All candidates must select 5 additional graduate courses in consultation with the program coordinator.

Weekend College

Undergraduate Major in Interdisciplinary Studies (Weekend College)

The undergraduate major in interdisciplinary studies is available only for the Weekend College Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA).

Major in Interdiscplinary Studies

60 semester hours

ADED 300U Knowledge Management - Methods of Learning and Thinking
IDST 306U Understanding Culture and Language
HIST 345U The History of Ideas
HUM 346U The History of Human Expression
PLSC 301U The Rights and Responsibilities of Citizenship
GSCI 301U The Role of Science and Technology in Shaping the Modern Era
MGMT 345U Business Literacy
LDSP 310U Leadership and Ethical Decision Making
IDST 310U The Examined Life
IDST 495U Capstone Course: Senior Seminar
Liberal Arts Major

Undergraduate Major in Liberal Arts

The undergraduate major in liberal arts is available for the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA).

Required Core

12 semester hours. Select four 300-level courses that meet the following requirements:

  • One 3-hour course from each of the following groupings (12 semester hours)
  • Selected topics (numbered 398U) are eligible
  • Independent studies (numbered 399U) may be eligible (requires chair approval)

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology (ANTH)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • Education (EDUC)
  • Geography (GEOG)
  • History (HIST)
  • International Studies (ISTY)
  • Journalism (JOUR)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
  • Political Science (PLSC)
  • Psychology (PSYC)
  • Sociology (SOC)


  • Biology (BIOL)
  • Geology (GEOL)
  • General Science (GSCI)
  • Mathematics (MATH)


  • Art (ART)
  • Studio Art (ARTS)
  • English (ENGL)
  • Foreign  Languages
  • Humanities (HUM)
  • Music (MUS)
  • Religious Studies (RELG)
  • Theatre (THTR)

Professional Studies

  • Human Resource Management (HRM)
  • Communications (SPCH)
  • Nonprofit Studies (NPS)
  • Paralegal Studies (LA/LAW)
  • Information Systems (ISYS)
  • Education (EDUC)

Liberal Arts Electives

18 semester hours from across the humanities, sciences and social sciences. 12 semester hours must be taken at or above the 300U level. 100U- and 200U-level courses may be taken prior to or concurrent with the Knowledge Management sequence (ADED 301U and ADED 302U).

Education Concentration

Undergraduate Concentration in Elementary Education

Undergraduate students may opt for an additional concentration in education toward elementary teacher licensure preparation while working toward a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (BALA) degree.

41 semester hours total

Professional Studies

27 semester hours

EDUC 307U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Science
EDUC 308U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Social Studies
EDUC 310U Content and Pedagogy in Elementary Math
EDUC 311U Assessment and Differentiation in Elementary Math
EDUC 317U Foundations of Education
EDUC 318U Diverse Learners and Human Growth and Development
EDUC 324U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
EDUC 326U Assessment, Intervention and Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers
EDUC 358U Classroom and Behavior Management
EDUC 384U Pre-Internship Workforce Series

Field Experience

14 semester hours

EDUC 475U Teaching Internship (12 sem. hrs.)
EDUC 485U Capstone Seminar (2 sem. hrs.)

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