Program Requirements

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Think critically and creatively as they interpret texts, ideas, and issues associated with their program of study
  • Confront ideas and issues of diversity in our global and cross-cultural world
  • Engage in research and critical analysis within and across disciplines

Program plan

Foundations in Major (18 hours)
LBST 210 The Idea of the University
LBST 250 Arts and Ideas I: Ancient and Medieval Culture OR LBST 255 Arts and Ideas II: Modern Culture
LBST 275 Argument: Social Thought and Citizenship OR LBST 280 Argument: Studies in Public Discourse
LBST 310 Liberal Studies Thinking and Writing
LBST 360 Critical Approaches to Interdisciplinary Inquiry
LBST 498 Liberal Studies Capstone

Concentrations of Study (24 hours)
Students may choose either the one-concentration option of eight courses or the two-concentration option consisting of two areas of study of four courses each. Concentrations include:

  • American Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Education Studies
  • Historical Studies
  • Humanities
  • Literary Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Science
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Writing

Individualized Studies
In consultation with an advisor, students may propose a program of study from other courses offered in Penfield College. Students may also choose concentrations in Mathematics, Science, or Informatics offered and approved by the College’s Mathematics, Science, and Informatics Department.

Total Major hours: 42 hours
General Education: 39 hours
Electives: 39 hours
Total degree requirements: 120 hours