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The Liberal Studies program consists of general education courses, required core courses, and elective courses.
Previous credits and prior work experience may count for some requirements. Contact an advisor for a credit transfer estimate!
University Studies Program Requirements
- Quest I, II and III (for students who transfer 0–15 credits)
- Transition Year Experience (for students who transfer 16–59 credits)
- Quest Writing (3 credits)
- Quest Speaking (3 credits)
- Math (3 credits)
- Laboratory Science (8 credits)
- Culture Electives (9 credits)
- Society Electives (9 credits)
- Ethnic Studies Elective (3 credits)
- Advanced Writing (3 credits)
Core Courses and Program Electives
Communication 214: Interpersonal Speech Communication (3 cr) Examination and explanation of the components of interpersonal speech communication. Lectures, discussions, observations, and controlled experiences will enable the student to learn and apply relevant concepts and variables of human interaction in dyadic, face-to-face communication situations. Intercultural Communication focused. Credit cannot be received for both Communication 213 and Communication 214.
Communication 304: Business and Professional Speaking (3 cr)
An examination of the unique communication problems and practices in business and industry. Through investigation, case study and practical exercises students should understand and be able to participate effectively in a variety of communication experiences faced by managers in business and the professions.
Liberal Studies 208: The Ecology of Occupation (3 cr)
Examines the relationship between occupation (both work and discretionary) and values, identity and health/wellness in contemporary society. Focuses on the complex variables (economic, psychological, sociological, genetic) which affect occupational choice, and hence our freedom (or lack thereof) to engage in meaningful, rewarding occupation.
Liberal Studies 209: Introduction to Liberal Studies (3 cr)
Introduces the concepts related to self-directed, life-long learning with a focus on various types of thinking and writing skills through exposure to a broad range of academic subjects. Students will be introduced to the principles and processes involved in developing a learning portfolio, which will be required in their Capstone course.\
Liberal Studies 230: Introduction to Leadership (3 cr)
This course will introduce students to a variety of theories and issues involved with leadership, including power and influence; vision, values and ethics; effecting change through teams and coalition; and the importance of embracing diversity. Examples will be drawn from a broad range of contexts, including organizations, education, politics, and communities.
Liberal Studies 301: Contemporary Global Issues and Problems (3 cr)
This course explores the ethical and religious dimensions of several global challenges in contemporary international society: (1) the expanding role of religion as a motivation for violence as well as a force for justice and peace; (2) the increasing deterioration of the global environment; (3) international efforts to protect human rights in countries where there is systematic oppression or genocide; and (4) the chronic gap in wealth between rich and poor nations.
Liberal Studies 302 : The Web of the Future: Workplace Communication and Trends (3 cr)
Examines the history, operation, economics, and applications of computer technology and its significance in contemporary life. Consideration is given to a careful description of present technology and what some of the main decisions are that must be made if humanity is to utilize and control this technology.
Liberal Studies 305 : Religious and Ethical Values in American Society (3 cr)
This course examines the role of religion in American public life historically and in recent times. It provides a perspective on the meaning of the separation of church and state as understood by the Founding Fathers, as interpreted by Supreme Court over time, and in current political debates. The course also analyzes a variety of ethical and religious perspectives that underline contemporary cultural conflicts over the proper direction of some of our most important social institutions-the family, schools, and the legal system. Finally the course explores the moral and religious arguments surrounding four critical issues-abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, and affirmative action-and what public policies should result from these positions.
Liberal Studies 309: Development of Scientific Ideas (3 cr)
Encourage analysis and understanding of the ideas that have effected scientific developments over the last two thousand years. Examines the growing ability of scientists to understand the phenomenon of nature; specifically, it peruses seminal ideas in astronomy, biology, physics and other sciences. Addresses broad scientific ideas and notes their practical significance for man. Prerequisites: concurrent or prior enrollment Liberal Studies 209 or department consent.
Liberal Studies 335: Transformative Leadership (3 cr)
Transformative leadership is a creative, passionate, and authentic expression of service inspired by the leadership wisdom of Bennis, Drucker, Greanleaf, Hesselbein, Hooks, and Quinn. In this course, learners will have the opportunity to identify and develop individually unique and effective leadership styles and approaches. Through a combination of inventories, reflection, and experiential activities, learners will explore their passion and what constrains their leadership as well as how they impact and influence others. Learners also will observe and analyze the leadership styles of leaders with whom they associate.
Liberal Studies 336: Collaborative Leadership Dynamics (3 cr)
This course is designed to introduce a theoretical framework for collaborative leadership and the elements of group dynamics that support and maintain its success. Opportunities to integrate theory and practice will be provided to assist learners in understanding how groups function and how they as leaders, impact the ability/behaviors of the group for solving personal, interpersonal, group and organizational problems.
Liberal Studies 337: Conflict Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration (3 cr)
Designed to introduce learners to the study of ADR or Alternative Dispute Resolution, this course explores the resolution of conflict through negotiation, mediation and arbitration. A variety of approaches for resolving conflict are examined, from the adjudicative (arbitration, private or special judging, neutral fact-finding), to the evaluative (peer, lay, judicial, and expert evaluation) to the meditative. Emphasis is given to the meditative process and its usefulness in a wide range of venues. Learners will be given multiple opportunities to integrate theory and practice in the development of conflict resolution skills.
Liberal Studies 338: Mentoring and Development (3 cr)
This course will examine the principles and techniques of effective mentoring, the mentor as a change agent within the organizational entity and the impact mentoring programs have in organizational settings overall. Students will examine and critically analyze their own mentoring experiences as well as the content of existing programs, and propose recommendations on how to develop or enhance a mentoring culture in a given organization.
Liberal Studies 410: Capstone Seminar (3 cr)
Designed as a culminating or “capstone” learning experience, this course focuses on the integration of concepts and ideas from previous Liberal Studies courses.
Liberal Studies 411: Senior Research Seminar (3 cr)
The Senior Research Seminar provides an overview of approaches to research and the assumption that underline each. Particular emphasis is given to the correspondence between research methods and epistemological orientation. Students develop a research question and perform a preliminary literature review around a topic of their choice. This course is the prerequisite companion course to Liberal Studies 412, the Senior Research Project.
Liberal Studies 436: Senior Project (3 cr) (14 weeks)
This course is designed as a culminating or “capstone” learning experience for adults nearing the completion of the baccalaureate degree through Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement. The fundamental aim of the course is to equip participants with the learning capacities and competencies necessary for continued personal, civic and career growth. This course is an individually planned learning project that combines the concepts and ideas mastered through coursework with actual workplace environments. The student, the instructor and a workplace mentor will agree on an applied learning project. Goals, objectives, and a preliminary plan will be approved in writing by all three parties before the project is begun. The project will be supervised by the University instructor and the workplace mentor and will include a literature review and commentary, original work and a final report and presentation.