Liberal Studies Program Emphases

ART

The Art Area of Study engages students in the study of visual arts within a liberal arts education by exposing them to past and current approaches to creativity, while developing their understanding and appreciation of world art.

CLASSICS

The Classics Area of Study is designed to enable students to gain a basic working knowledge of Classical Greek and engage with aspects of Greco-Roman thought and culture, which are foundational for western civilization.

ENGLISH

The English Area of Study is designed to enable an appreciation of literature and its relationship to disciplines across the curriculum, recognizing the need for the literary arts to work in harmony with other arts and sciences. Students will develop skills in critical thinking, effective communications, and information literacy—skills highly valued in many professions.

HISTORY

The mission of the History Area of Study is to study past human experiences and gain knowledge about ourselves and others. The study of history enriches one’s abilities to think critically on a variety of different topics. But more importantly, it can help to enable one to imagine and empathize with people in a variety of different environments.

MATHEMATICS

The Mathematics Area of Study enables students to achieve mathematical goals consonant with their aptitude and motivation. We do not want mathematics to serve as a barrier for their professional pursuits. The focus is on several dimensions of mathematical education, including graduate school preparation for future teachers of mathematics, applied mathematicians in business or government settings, as well as supporting the mathematics course needs of other disciplines. For example, Statistics, which is playing an increasingly major role in all professions, is a major priority for our department. The College has innovated a Mathematics Signature Program, preparing students for graduate study in Applied Mathematics or Mathematics Education. The department also trains competitive teams for the International Contest in Mathematical Modeling.

MUSIC

The Music Area of Study is designed to encourage self-discovery and self-expression through study of the elements, history, and practice of music. Students will develop knowledge, understanding, and skills which can lead to a lifetime of vocational or further educational pursuits.

NEW MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS AND DIGITAL PRODUCTION

The mission of the New Media Communications and Digital Production Area of Study provides a basis of study of digital technologies and their new modes of communication within a liberal arts education, with emphasis on ethical and social awareness. The curriculum integrates digital production with theory, critical studies, and writing, and seeks to prepare students for the constantly changing new media arena.

PSYCHOLOGY

The mission of the Psychology Area of Study is to help students understand and explain the varieties of human behavior and how to enhance healthy human functioning.

RELIGION 

The Religion Area of Study engages students in an investigation of Christianity, other major religions and philosophical worldviews, and their relevance for understanding and participating in today’s world.

THE SIGNATURE 

The Signature Area of Study is designed to allow academically qualified, self-motivated, Liberal Studies students with the opportunity to bring together academic classes, independent studies, and experiential learning in a creative synthesis that extends the scope of learning beyond the boundaries of programs and catalog offerings.

SOCIOLOGY 

The Sociology Area of Study allows students to study society, something familiar to us all and yet often taken for granted. Students learn the tools of sociology—the basic concepts, theories, and methods, and how to apply them to the analysis of a variety of topics. Students use the “sociological imagination” to- ward a greater understanding of the relationship between our everyday lives and the social world, becoming more informed and critical members of the social world in which we live.