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Liberal Studies

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Liberal Studies is a multidisciplinary degree program administered by the office of the deans in the College of Arts and SciencesCollege of Education and Human Services, College of Business, Venango College and the Division of Student Affairs.

The B.S. in liberal studies is a major program designed to provide

(1) a structured program that encourages students to explore a diversity of academic skills and disciplines,

(2) a liberal arts program for students who have not decided upon a specific school or major, and

(3) an option for students who have a desire to specialize in a combination of courses for which a dedicated major does not already exist.

It is not necessary for students who enter the university undecided about a major to continue in liberal studies through graduation. Many students who begin in the liberal studies program develop interests that lead them to declare a specific major. Conversely, some students who have completed the core of a degree program opt for liberal studies when their career goals change.

In order for students to pursue a dual degree or dual major with liberal studies as a baccalaureate student they must pursue a specific liberal studies concentration that does not duplicate their other degree or major. In the case of a post-baccalaureate student pursuing a liberal studies degree, he or she also must also pursue a specific liberal studies concentration that does not in essence duplicate their existing degree.

 

General Requirements
Admission requirements for the B.S. in liberal studies are the same as those for admission to the university. The degree is based upon the standard eight-semester sequence of courses and requires a minimum of 120 semester hours for graduation.

Academic standards for good standing in the program are the same as the university standards for good standing. To earn the B.S. in liberal studies, the student must complete 48 credits and have a minimum cumulative quality-point average of 2.00 for all course work.

 

Specific Requirements
Forty-eight credits are general education classes as required by the university constituting courses in specific categories within arts and sciences. In addition to general education classes, liberal studies students complete 24 credits of lower-level (100-200) and 24 credits of upper-level (300 and above) Arts and Sciences courses. An additional 24 credits of elective coursework may be selected from any discipline. Maximum course work in a single discipline is limited to 39 credit hours. All courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor.

 

Library Science
Liberal arts students, regardless of their major, may qualify as provisional librarians under the Pennsylvania Library Code by successfully completing at least 12 library science credits (semester hours).


Programs Administered Through the
College of Arts and Sciences

LIBERAL STUDIES, B.S.,
REQUIREMENTS IN MAJOR (48 credits
)
A minimum of 24 credits must be earned in the College of Arts and Sciences; at or above the 300 level. No more than 39 credits may be represented in a single discipline.

 

LIBERAL STUDIES, B.S.,
CONCENTRATION IN COMMUNICATION

Required: MMAJ 100 or 101, MMAJ 140, CMST 110; 21 credits in courses numbered 100-higher; 30 credits in College of Arts & Sciences courses numbered 300 or higher; 12 credits of Elective Courses in the Communication Department with at least nine of these credits at the 300/400 level.

 

LIBERAL STUDIES, B.S.,
CONCENTRATION IN EDUCATION (72 credits
)
Required: ED 110, 121 or 122, 225, 327, 329, 417,and SPED 418; a minimum of 51 credits must be earned in the College of Arts and Sciences; a minimum of 30 credits must be at or above the 300 level. Restricted to seniors.

 

LIBERAL STUDIES, B.S.,
CONCENTRATION IN ENGLISH (72 credits
)
Required: Two courses from ENG 199, 130, 140, 160, 221, 222, 225, 226, 227, 228, 230, 231, 242, 243, 244, 249, 250, 254, 262, 265; two writing courses from ENG 200, 202, 207, 263, 297, 298, 301, 303, 304, 306, 307, 381, 404, 480. The same course may not be used to fulfill two core requirements. English electives: 12 credits at a 300-400 level. Fifteen additional English credits can be placed under free electives.


LIBERAL STUDIES, B.S., CONCENTRATION IN
GEOGRAPHY AND SUSTAINABLE PLANNING (72 credits
)
Required: GEOG 100, 257, 310, GEOG/ES 385, 400, 470, and ES 150. One course from GEOG 250, 252, or 490; one course from GEOG 260, 265, or 310; one course from GEOG/ES 345, 425, 490; 39 additional credits at the 300-level or above.

 

LIBERAL STUDIES, B.S.
CONCENTRATION IN GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING
(72 credits)
Required: Introductory course in Global Understanding GU/CMST 160; Six credits of intermediate language courses; 12 Credits in Cultural Studies chosen from the following: ANTH 211, 216, 218, 245, 357; ARTH 111, 215, 216, 217; CMST 312, 320, 360, 420; ENG 227, 228, 380; FR 101-499; GER 101-499; SPAN 101-499; Arabic 103,104, 151, 152, Chinese 103, GEOG 250, 254, 256, 260, 310, 315; HIST 217, 254, 255, 275, 286, 303, 305, 370; HON 240;
MMAJ 339; PHIL 215; PS 311, 35; 27 credits of general elective coursework to complete the major (at least 24 total credits in sections B, C, D of the major must be in College of Arts & Sciences courses numbered 300-higher).Free electives to complete 120 credit degree requirement.

 

LIBERAL STUDIES, B.S.,
CONCENTRATION IN THEATRE (72 credits)
Required: THE 161, 253, 254, 359, 360; two courses from THE 155, 201, 204, 301, 310, 311, 321, 352, 361, 368, 369, 370, 461; one course from THE 350 or 351; two courses from THE 251, 262, 271, 362, 363, 366, 367, 371; one course from THE 300-499; two courses from ENG 140, 342, 343, 344, 345, 412, 413; three credits from THE 103 (maximum 2 credits) or 104. Remaining 30 credits from College of Arts and Sciences courses numbered 100-499.

 

LIBERAL STUDIES, B.S.,
CONCENTRATION IN WRITING (72 credits
)
Required: 24 credits in English writing courses; 15 credits in non-writing English courses (literature, drama, movie studies, folklore, linguistics); 33 additional credits in Arts and Sciences courses, excluding English.

 

LIBERAL STUDIES, B.S.,
CONCENTRATION IN WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES (72 credits)
Required:
21 credits of women and gender studies courses; WGS 100: Survey of Women and Gender Studies; at least twelve other credits at the 300-400 levels. Eighteen credits to be selected from ANTH 216, 315; ART 216; ED/WGS 406; ENG 265, 365; GEOG 315; HIST 230; HPE 370; PHIL 357; PSY 220, 340, 390; CMST 281, 320; SOC 311, 352, 362, 452; WGS 200, 300, 311. 

 


Programs Administered Through the
College of Education and Human Services

LIBERAL STUDIES, B.S.,
CONCENTRATION IN LIBRARY SCIENCE (48 credits
)
The B.S. in liberal studies with a concentration in library science prepares students to work as paraprofessionals and provisional librarians in a variety of settings, including public libraries in Pennsylvania. It introduces students to the exciting worlds of information management and information transfer, in both traditional and emerging venues. The B.S. in liberal studies with a concentration in library science serves as an excellent preparation for studying toward a master's degree in library setting (such as Clarion's American Library Association-accredited MSLS degree), which is the recognized professional credential for the practice of librarianship.

Required: LS 255, 257, 258, 357, 361, and 385. A minimum of 15 credits must be at the 300 level or above.

 

Liberal Studies (Library Science concentration) Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of principles of libraries and information organizations in a contemporary society.

  2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of public and technical services performed under the supervision of a librarian or information professional.

  3. Under the supervision of a librarian or information professional students will be able to develop and implement programs and services appropriate to specific user groups, e.g., children, senior citizens, etc.



Programs Administered Through the
Division of Student Affairs

LIBERAL STUDIES, B.S.,
CONCENTRATION IN SPORTS MANAGEMENT

Required: ATSW 370, ATSW 380, ATSW/MGMT 430, ATSW 440,
MGMT 320, COOP 447, and choose either ECON 175, 211 or 212.
A minimum of 39 credits on the right side of the check sheet must
be at or above the 300 level. Students enrolled in this concentration
are not eligible to receive the Sport Management Minor.

 

LIBERAL STUDIES, B.S.,
CONCENTRATION IN ATHLETIC COACHING

Required: ATSW 406, ATSW 407, ATSW 408, ATSW 409, (choose two
of the following ATSW 350, 351, 352, or 354), ATSW 333, ATSW
334, ATSW 440, COOP 444. A minimum of 39 credits must be at or
above the 300 level. Students enrolled in this concentration are not
eligible to receive the Minor or Verification in Athletic Coaching.


LIBERAL STUDIES, B.S.,
CONCENTRATION IN ATHLETIC TRAINING EDUCATION

Required: ATSW 150, ATSW 300, ATE 204, ATE 225, ATE 265, ATE 305, ATE 315, ATE 330, ATE 400, ATE 405, ATE 425, ATE 440, ATE 460, COLB (FIT) 400, COLB (HSC) 275, COLB (HSC) 290, COLB (HSC) 325, BIOL 251/261, BIOL 252/262, PSY 211, HPE 111, HPE 186, SOC 211, CMST 113, ENG 111 (or 130, 200, 307), CIS 110 or 217.