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 program of study 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
  • MTV 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

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

Serdar Arat
Professor of Art

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

John Bahr
Director of the Concordia Distinctive, 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
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

Dr. Kathryn Galchutt
Associate 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

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

Dean of Academic Affairs for Undergraduate Programs
Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Tennessee

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


  • 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
  • Recording technician
  • Teacher/professor
  • Engineer/mixer
  • Film music director/editor


  • 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