Liberal Studies Major

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
Anna Maria College supports a liberal arts education in the Catholic tradition along with strong career preparation. The Core Curriculum and distribution of requirements ensure that each student builds a basic foundation on this model, and then adds an area of focused study by choosing a major within a particular discipline. Some students, however, seek to develop an even broader appreciation for liberal studies across disciplines. To accommodate this goal without the demands imposed by other majors, Anna Maria College offers a Major in Liberal Studies. Specific requirements involve a plan for the distribution of courses, the selection of a minor, and the choice of the final Core course.

Distribution requirements
Instead of electing only one course from each Academic School, Liberal Studies students are required to pass at least two courses from each School. To add depth as well as breadth to this interdisciplinary major, one of the courses elected from each School must be listed at the 200-level or higher.

Minor course of study
Students in the Liberal Studies major pursue an area of more integrated study by compiling  a minor in some discipline offered by the College. The requirement for a minor are developed individually by each program, but usually involve six courses (18 credits), which include both introductory and advanced work in one area.

Core curriculum

Students are responsible for meeting all Core requirements. One additional consideration exists for the Liberal Studies major. The final Core IV course (seminar or internship) must be accomplished within the School of the student's minor. The Dean of the  School (or designee) from the student's minor area of study will serve as the faculty advisor and work closely with the student to ensure that all program requirements for the Major in Liberal Studies are met. Adding elective courses drawn from the offerings of the Worcester Consortium may be particularly attractive to these students.

View required courses for the Liberal Studies major

 

Critical Thinking & Writing I
Critical Thinking & Writing II
Seeking Community I
Seeking Community II
Technological Literacy
Quantitative Reasoning
Seeking Truth I
Seeking Truth II
Justice I Catholic Social Teaching
Justice II (any Division)
Core IV
Core IV (Division of the minor)
Distribution requirements
Two courses from each Division
One course from each division must be listed at the 200-level or higher.
 

View minor course of study for the Liberal Studies major
 

As stipulated by the program, usually six courses
Electives
Unrestricted as to level or Division
 

Students are responsible for meeting all Core requirements. One additional consideration exists for the Liberal Studies major. The final Core IV course (seminar or internship) must be accomplished within the Division of the student's minor.  The Division Chair (or designee) from the student's minor area of study will serve as the faculty advisor and work closely with the student to ensure that all program requirements for the Major in Liberal Studies are met. Adding elective courses drawn from the offerings of the Worcester Consortium may be particularly attractive to these students.

Contact Us
For more information, including course details and admission requirements, please contact:
James Bidwell, Ph.D. at jbidwell@annamaria.edu or (508) 849-3267.