Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies is a multidisciplinary degree program in which students can complete a Bachelor's in Liberal Studies in Athletic Coaching.  Information can be found at the career resource center to help find the right sports career for you.


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.

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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. 

Athletic Coaching Minor

Students in the athletic coaching minor are provided with extensive opportunities to develop sound health habits and life-long skills in a variety of sports and other physical activities. The minor in athletic coaching requires 18 credits in health and physical education coursework. This minor is offered only at the Clarion campus.

The Athletic Coaching Minor Program at Clarion University is approved by the USCCE (United States Center for Coaching Excellence) Board of Directors and the NCACE (National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education) Review Panel for Comprehensive Level 3 Re-Accreditation. The program demonstrates that it is a leader in quality coaching education and the accreditation is a testament of that. ncace_logo






Dr. Carol Brennan Caplan
Nutrition and Fitness Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor
110 Tippin (Clarion campus)
1 814 393 1955

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Alums Maggie Sturgill and Jessica Falvo were recently awarded the Rookie Athletic Trainer of the Year and the Athletic Trainer of the Year awards, respectively.

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Jim Thorton

Jim Thornton, head athletic trainer at Clarion University for nearly 30 years, was inducted into the 2018 National Athletic Trainers' Association Hall of Fame at the 69th annual NATA Clinical Symposia in late June.

Last Updated 8/10/20