Life is not divided into majors. A liberal arts education provides a unified perspective for life. The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts degree is designed to provide students with a curriculum that is broad, flexible, and challenging, and to provide the means for degree recipients to be liberally educated and recognize the interrelatedness of knowledge. Students take courses from five core areas: Communications; Social Sciences; Humanities; Critical Reasoning and Analytic Methods; and Science, Technology, and the Environment. The program culminates in an experiential educational component via a Senior Capstone Seminar and either an independent research project or a 90 hour internship.
A liberal arts education prepares students to assume positions of leadership and to be flexible in the marketplace. With a solid liberal arts education an individual is not limited to a particular niche, but freed and qualified for a wide range of opportunities for life beyond the program of study. In today’s economy, employers prefer transferable skills. Those skills are those which employees take with them to any job, such as written and verbal communication skills, the ability to solve complex problems, to work well with others, and to adapt in a changing workplace.
Upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to:
- Communicate effectively using critical reasoning skills.
- Evaluate the effect of cultural artifacts on core values.
- Produce critical solutions to problems by applying patterns of human behavior.
- Apply a pluralistic approach to diverse perspectives.
- Respond adaptively to changing information and circumstances.
- Synthesize ideas/perspectives in a manner which demonstrates the interrelatedness of knowledge.
- Evaluate research data to produce solutions to problems.