Academic Catalog

Liberal Studies


This major is intended to be student-designed so as to meet the personal needs and objectives of the student. Any student may petition for approval of a program not accommodated by any existing majors. Thus, a student with a liberal studies major may not have any other major. The student should consult with the Senior Vice Provost, who will, in consultation with appropriate members of the faculty, determine if the student’s objective can be met with available faculty and courses.

In consultation with the departmental personnel involved and appropriate faculty mentors, the student must prepare both a plan of study and a detailed statement concerning the purpose of the proposed special program. The plan and statement, accompanied by a supporting statement from each department chair, must be submitted to the Curriculum Committee for approval. It is expected that all proposals for a Liberal Studies major will be submitted to the Senior Vice Provost in time to be approved by the Curriculum Committee by the end of the second semester of the student’s junior year. A student's failure to submit a proposal for a Liberal Studies major before the graduation application deadline may result in the student not being able to graduate in a timely manner.