Explore your academic interests across multiple disciplines with a major in liberal arts and studies at Dean College.

In today’s ever-changing world, the ability to synthesize information and solve complex problems is in great demand. With a major in liberal arts and studies from Dean College, you’ll have the flexible mindset and broad perspective that employers prize. 

Program Overview

Take charge of your education, and design your own course of study. With a major in liberal arts and studies, you can customize your experience by choosing courses across the disciplines. 

Working closely with a faculty mentor, you’ll focus your coursework around a multidisciplinary or theme-based area of study. Examples include: American Studies; Women’s Studies; Race and Society; Arts and Social Change; and Family Studies.

Throughout your studies, you’ll draw on multiple disciplines and perspectives to develop a nuanced understanding of the world. You’ll develop a flexible mindset along with the power to think critically, solve problems, synthesize information and make decisions. And you’ll prepare to succeed, no matter what your future holds. 

Field of Study

In the Liberal Arts and Studies program, you will work with a faculty mentor and your success and career advisor to design your own area of specialization, focusing on a multidisciplinary and/or theme-based perspective and incorporating courses in the Dean College curriculum. Areas of specialization include:

  • Family and Childhood Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Health Studies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Pre-Law
  • Race, Ethnicity and Society 

Beyond the Classroom

At Dean College, some of the most important learning experiences happen outside the classroom. 

As a liberal arts and studies major, you’ll complete at least one comprehensive internship with an employer such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Campaign for Youth Justice, The Washington Center or an office on campus. 

When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to enter graduate or professional school or launch a rewarding career in any field. Our graduates go on to careers in business, communications, criminal justice, education, health care, human resources and many more. 

Uniquely Dean

What makes our Liberal Arts and Studies program best of breed? 

  • Practice your skills in a real-world environment
  • Learn from working professionals who visit campus to share their experiences and offer advice and counsel 

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor's Degree*
    • Concentrations/Specializations:
      • Family and Childhood Studies
      • Global Studies
      • Health Studies
      • Interdisciplinary Studies
      • Race, Ethnicity and Society

*The course listing below is based on the Bachelor's Degree program.

Liberal Arts & Studies Courses

Course Number Course Title Credits
LAS 111 Introduction to the Liberal Arts 3
100 - 200 Level Elective Lower-Division Liberal Arts Elective 3
CAR 200 The Internship Preparation Seminar 1
CAR 300 The Internship Experience 2
LAS 415 Critical Theory 3
LAS 450 Senior Seminar 3
LAS 495 Senior Capstone 3
100 - 200 Level Courses Individually Designed Specialization 18
300 - 400 Level Courses Individually Designed Specialization 12
Total Credits 48

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition I 3
ENG 112 Composition II 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
ENG 320 Advanced Essay Writing 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 43

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Open Electives 30
Total Credits 30

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2018-19