Liberal Studies

Many students today have varied interests, talents, and gifts and are often hard-pressed to narrow their college experience into one area of study.  The Liberal Studies Program, part of the Division of Arts and Sciences, provides students freedom, flexibility, and creativity to design their own program of study by combining two or three areas of study together.

Students gain essential skills and knowledge, including self-awareness, technological literacy, global awareness, skillful communication, scientific reasoning, cultural competence, and critical thinking skills.

Areas of concentration within the liberal studies program include:

Experiential Learning in Liberal Studies

Experiential Learning is a key part of The Concordia Experience and a dynamic component of the Liberal Studies Program. Given the freedom and flexibility of this program, students who are motivated may use a broad range of experiential learning opportunities to enhance their overall learning. Depending on the areas of study a student identifies, here are some examples of experiential learning:

  • Hospital or community clinic
  • MTV studio
  • Semester study abroad
  • “City as Text” studying such topics as “Broadway and Beyond,” or “The History of Mass Transportation in New York City,” or “Wall Street and Beyond”
  • Summer archeological dig
  • Habitat for Humanity project
  • Volunteering at a local church or school

Liberal Studies Program Courses

Possible curriculum combinations that reflect creativity, flexibility, and exploration are:

  • English and History/Pre-Law
  • Religion and Art
  • History and Classics
  • Music and Psychology
  • Art and English
  • New Media and Art
  • Sociology and Psychology
  • Art, Music, and History
  • Math, English, and History
  • Music, New Media, and Sociology

These are just a sample of what is possible. The student decides what he or she chooses to study.

Liberal Studies Faculty

Serdar Arat
Professor of Art

M.A., M.F.A., SUNY-Albany; B.A., Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

John Bahr
Dean of Experiential Learning and Associate Professor of English

M.Div., Union Theological Seminary; B.A., Concordia College-New York; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Kate Behr
Associate Professor of English

D.Phil., Pembroke College, Oxford University; B.A., Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London

Kit Fitzgerald
Assistant Professor of New Media

B.A., Smith College

Dr. Kathryn Galchutt
Associate Professor of History

Ph.D., Marquette University; M.A., Marquette University; B.A., Concordia University, St. Paul

Dr. Kristen Koenig
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ph.D., University of York; M.Sc., University of Oxford; B.A., Occcidental College

Judy Lass, L.M.S.W.
Instructor of History and Political Science

M.A., B.S., New York University, M.S.Ed., Fordham University Graduate School of Education; M.S.W., Columbia School of Social Work

Dr. John Loase
Professor of Mathematics

Ed.D., Ed.M., Columbia University; M.A., M.A., B.S., Manhattan College; College of New Rochelle, New York University, Bank Street College  Hamilton College .

Dr. Mandana Nakhai
Professor of English and Writing

Assistant Dean, Division of Liberal Studies
Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Tennessee

Dr. Jennifer Roth
Assistant Professor of Business
Ph.D., M.A., Johns Hopkins University; B.S. University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Jason Thoms
Associate Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities, Music Area Chair

DMA, Michigan State University; M.M., Michigan State University; B.M., St. Olaf College


Liberal Studies Career Paths


  • Advertising/sales/marketing rep
  • Archivist
  • Art appraiser
  • Art therapist
  • Media buyer
  • Designer
  • Retail buyer
  • Curator
  • Photographer


  • Archaeologist
  • Translator
  • Linguist
  • Teacher/professor
  • Religious historian

English Literature

  • Campaign manager
  • Communications specialist
  • Teacher/professor
  • Novelist
  • Copywriter
  • Journalist
  • Librarian
  • Non-profit administrator
  • Researcher
  • Legislative assistant
  • Community relations specialist


  • Journalist
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Teacher/professor
  • Novelist
  • Freelance writer
  • Screenplay writer
  • Newspaper reporter/editor


  • Historian/archivist
  • Congressional aide
  • FBI/CIA agent
  • Journalist
  • Politician
  • Writer/author
  • Teacher/professor
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Public policy specialist


  • Actuary
  • Budget analyst
  • Commodities trader
  • Computer programmer
  • Investment analyst
  • Teacher/professor
  • Statistician
  • Production manager
  • Information scientist
  • Investment researcher

New Media

  • Advertising director
  • Audio/visual consultant
  • Camera operator
  • Columnist/commentator
  • Film/TV director
  • Journalist
  • Technical writer
  • Radio/TV newscaster
  • Screen writer/script writer
  • Computer programmer


  • Professional musician
  • Composer/arranger
  • Music therapist
  • Music software programmer
  • Disc jockey
  • Recording technician
  • Teacher/professor
  • Engineer/mixer
  • Film music director/editor


  • Lobbyist
  • Public defender
  • Private practice
  • Politics
  • Consumer advocate


  • Peace Corps worker
  • Youth minister
  • Church leader
  • Pastoral counselor
  • Teacher/professor
  • Deaconess
  • Pastor


  • Admissions/career counselor
  • Mental health worker
  • Teacher/professor
  • Labor relations specialist
  • Researcher
  • Psychiatrist
  • Personnel manager
  • Probation officer
  • Speech pathologist