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Liberal Studies

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Liberal Studies is the most flexible of majors. It is for students who want a wide ranging education that expresses their personal academic interests. The major has broad distribution requirements within which no specific courses are required. The student gets to pick what is most valuable.

Course work is to be spread across the three main core areas of liberal education:

  1. The humanities and fine arts
  2. The social sciences
  3. The natural sciences and mathematics and electives, drawn from among all three.

Liberal Studies is a department within the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The other core college of the program is the College of Science.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

By combining the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with one or more minors in traditional disciplines, graduates have achieved a depth of experience without sacrificing breadth. Others created their own academic concentrations or worked for a formal certificate. Plus, some graduates have used the program as preparation for further study such as in a professional or graduate school. Still, others have used it to prepare for launching a business, combining academic work in Business Administration to learn how to run the business side of their plan with academic work in the core colleges to learn more about their future product.

The Liberal Studies perspective is that in a rapidly changing world, if your education is very narrow, within a few years of graduation, your skills will no longer be up to date. Employers need people who are well trained but they also need people who can adapt to the constant of change. Among the best career preparations is an education that is broad but with a job specific component such as a couple of marketing or technical courses. Another kind of empowering education replaces the job components with pre-professional coursework.

Liberal Studies graduates go on to an amazing variety of careers from banking to manufacturing, from professional story telling to interpreting for the deaf, and from graduate school to medical school.

But Liberal Studies is also for those whose focus is not on a career, instead exploring educational experiences for their inherent value and satisfaction.
 
Visit CSU's Department of Liberal Studies website for more information

 

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RELATED MAJOR SKILLS

 

Oral and written communications Critical thinking
Analytical skills Problem solving
Attention to detail Interpersonal skills
Appreciation of aesthetics Interpretive skills
Good work ethic Adaptability
Presentation / public speaking skills Drawing conclusions from complex information

 

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CAREER PLANNING LINKS

  • www.adweek.com: Advertising, marketing and pr jobs nationwide.
  • www.idealist.org:  Over 49000 non-profit organizations from more than 165 countries around the world.

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