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 provides students freedom, flexibility, and creativity to design their own major by combining  two self-selected areas of study.

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:

Art History                                                               
English Music
Mathematics Psychology
New Media Communications & Digital Production Sociology

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
  • TV Network studio
  • “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

Request more information

Liberal Studies Program Courses

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

  • English and History
  • Religion and Art
  • Music and Psychology
  • Art and English
  • New Media Communications & Digital Production and Art
  • Sociology and Psychology

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

Liberal Studies Faculty

Dr. Jason Thoms
Dean of Arts and Sciences, Director of Choral Activities
DMA, Michigan State University; M.M., Michigan State University; B.M., St. Olaf College

Serdar Arat
Professor of Art

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

Dr. Kate Behr
Chair of English, Professor of English, Director of Fellows Program

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

Dr. Matthew Bolton
Assistant Professor of English

Ph.D., Ohio State University; M.A., University of North Texas, M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania; B.A., University of Texas

Dr. Robin Das
Ph.D. and M.A.., Fordham University, B.A., Iona College

Kit Fitzgerald
Associate Professor of New Media Communications and Digital Production

B.A., Smith College

Treva Foss
Assistant Professor of Music, Music Area Chair
MM, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, BA, Saint Olaf College

Dr. Kathryn Galchutt
Professor of History

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

Dr. Joshua Hollmann
Assistant Professor of Religion and Campus Chaplain

Ph.D., McGill University; MDiv, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; B.A. Valparaiso University

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. Leroy Leach
Assistant Professor of Religion and Student Success Counselor

Ph.D., M.A., Concordia Seminary - Fort Wayne, Indiana; M.A.R., Westminster Seminary - Philadelphia, PA; B.A., Central Bible College - Springfield, MO

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

Vice Provost of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Tennessee