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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.

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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
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Electives
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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:
Barbara  Driscoll de Alvarado, Ph.D. at
bdriscoll@annamaria.edu or (508) 849-3533.


Catholic Studies
 
Instruction in theology lies at the heart of the College’s expression of its Catholic mission. Those students wishing to pursue a major program infused with the study of theology will major in the interdisciplinary, humanities-based Catholic Studies program. All students at the College, however, are encouraged to pursue their knowledge of religion, of the Catholic faith, and their own spirituality through theology electives or the minor in Catholic Studies.
 
The mission of Catholic Studies is to provide a setting where students and faculty can explore the faith heritage of the Catholic Church found in ecclesial, liturgical, theological, philosophical, cultural, historical, and educational expressions. Interested persons can pursue individualized paths of study in this rich religious and humanistic tradition to come to a fuller understanding of human persons, their potentialities, and of the world in which they live.

Since Catholicism is about community, the Catholic Studies program takes place within a communal framework. Professors and students meet regularly for formal and informal sessions centered on the liturgy, service to the poor and marginalized, and intellectual, cultural or social extracurricular events. Such community activities generate a felt appreciation of the Catholic heritage, build respect for the person, and contribute to fundamental character growth, all of which are major outcomes of an Anna Maria College education. The program is centered on Christ, the perfect revelation of God. In the Catholic tradition, Christ radically affects every aspect of human life and history: the created world, the Church, the sacraments, and the depths of the human person. The Catholic community hands down its experience of Christ in each generation, penetrating all life. “Catholic,” indeed, means universal. The major in Catholic Studies offers the opportunity to explore the Catholic faith, its community, and its tradition in an interdisciplinary manner, focused in the humanities.     

  Through the study of theology, history, the arts, literature, spirituality, and society interacting in all their revelatory and humanistic dimensions, the student encounters faith and humanity more deeply. The Catholic Studies Major prepares students for graduate study or a profession or a clerical, religious, or lay calling in a pastorally related field. These include a vocation in the diaconate, priesthood, religious order, youth ministry, religious education, religious education management, parish leadership, diocesan administration, publishing, religious communications, retreat direction, humanitarian and community services. In addition to a meaningful education in Catholic Studies with a pastoral emphasis, students will have the opportunity to focus their interest with additional coursework, research, and internships in specific areas of career preparation.
 
Learning Outcomes for Catholic Studies
 Students successfully completing the Bachelor’s degree in Catholic Studies will be able to:

1. Enter into written and oral scholarly discourse on topics in Catholic ecclesial, liturgical, theological, philosophical, cultural,  historical, and educational studies

2. Identify expressions of Catholic faith, theology, or spirituality as these are presented in art, music, or literature 

3. Explore and demonstrate the intersection of faith and reason in courses across the curriculum

4. Present a portfolio of substantial written and creative coursework in conjunction with a cumulative, integrating reflection paper

For more information, please contact:

Andrew McCarthy
Assistant Professor, Humanities and Theology
(508) 849-3414
amccarthy@annamaria.edu

 


History Major

Bachelor of Arts in History
The study of history provides students with knowledge about the past, while building a range of skills in research, critical thinking, and writing. As part of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum, the history major prepares students for careers in teaching, business, politics, museums, or archives, or for graduate study in history or law. Students may choose a concentration of study in American or European history, or opt to study general history. The College offers specially designed programs in conjunction with the School of Education to prepare students for licensure as Teacher of History (5-8, 8-12), as well as for students seeking certification in Elementary or Early Childhood Education.


 In addition to College requirements, History majors must complete six upper-level history electives, Research and Methodology, one upper-level non-Western history course, one concentration in history, which may be satisfied with General History, Western Civilization I & II, or Development of American Nation I & II. Those who wish to concentrate in American History must complete ten courses in the area, eight of which must be upper level. Similarly, those who wish to concentrate in European History must complete ten courses in the area, eight of which must be upper level.

Minor in History
Students in a range of majors, such as Public Policy, English, Business, Social Work, or any other, may minor in history to develop their understanding of the historical development of the society in which we live today. History minor requirements include 18 credits in:

History of Arts and Ideas I & II
Western Civilization I & II or Development of the American Nation I & II
Two upper-level history electives
 
Learning Outcomes for History

Students successfully completing the Bachelor’s degree in History will be able to:

1.Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the past

2. Comprehend and analyze different historical interpretations

3.Demonstrate a range of skills in research

4.Apply knowledge of the past and research skills to critical thinking and writing


For more information, please contact:

Barbara Driscoll de Alvarado, Ph.D. 
bdriscoll@annamaria.edu

or

James Bidwell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of History/Humanities
(508) 849-3267
jbidwell@annamaria.edu

Humanities Major

The Humanities nurture a love of learning, rigorous analytical skills, and effective verbal and written communication. The Humanities major also ensures a basic knowledge of social, physical, and biological sciences, knowledge of at least one foreign language, the study of literature and literary classics, the political, philosophical, theological, and cultural history of Western civilization, and the foundations and principles of our diverse American society.


The Humanities Major encourages students to self-design an interdisciplinary academic program. For example, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, a student may design a course of study in American Studies, Medieval Studies, Philosophy, Women's Studies, or International Studies. Core Humanities requirements include:

Western Civilization I or II
European or American Literature elective
Philosophy of the Human Person
Revelation & Faith
A course in Ethics

Self-Designed study requires 24 credits with a minimum of four upper-level courses of a central theme, in consultation with an advisor and approved by the Division Chair.

Minor in Humanities
Students in any major may complete a minor in Humanities with 30 credits.
 
Learning Outcomes for Humanities
Students successfully completing the Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities will be able:

1.Recognize and analyze the study of literature and literary classics

2.Evaluate political, philosophical, theological, and cultural history of Western civilization, and the foundations and principles of our diverse American society

3.Demonstrate skills in organization, writing, and public speaking  

4. Use skills in scholarly discourse synthesizing interdisciplinary perspectives



For more information, please contact:

James Bidwell
Assistant Professor History/Humanities
(508) 849-3267
jbidwell@annamaria.edu


English Major

Bachelor of Arts in English

The program in English develops critical reading and writing skills, and prepares students for a wide range of careers or graduate study. English majors also may prepare for licensure as a teacher of English in middle (5-8) or high schools (8-12). Students seeking licensure in Elementary or Early Childhood education may major in English Language Arts.


In addition to the College academic requirements, all English majors must complete four courses at the 200-level, two upper level electives in English and the following:

England and Beyond: Literary Traditions in English
Issues in Literary Theory
The Birth of English: Medieval Literature and Language
The Art and World of William Shakespeare
Around the World: Global Literature and Cultures

Minors in English
Students with majors in a wide range of fields may wish to pursue a minor in English to build their skills in critical reading and writing as well as to pursue an interest in literature. English minor requirements include:

History of Arts and Ideas I & II
England and Beyond: Literary Traditions in English
Two English courses at the 200-level
The Art and World of William Shakespeare
Two additional English courses at the 300-level or above
 
Learning Outcomes for English Majors

Students successfully completing the Bachelor’s degree in English will be able to:

1.       Identify and explain different general and verse literary forms

2.       Demonstrate familiarity with major authors and their works from different historical periods

3.       Apply and analyze different genre of literature

4.       Evaluate literary elements of different historical periods

5.       Apply literary theories in papers and presentations

For more information, please contact:

Lisa LeBlanc, Ph.D.
(508) 849-3429
lleblanc@annamaria.edu