Academic Catalog

Liberal Studies, A.S./B.S.

Program Description

The Liberal Studies program is part the College’s Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and is based on the development of an individualized course of study by a student and advisor. This approach allows students to tailor their coursework to some degree in order to meet their personal interests and needs. Apart from the basic liberal arts requirements, students are free to select a major percentage of their courses within elective categories. Students are given significant responsibility for planning a coherent study program and afforded the freedom and opportunity to sample many disciplines and career areas.

Program Goals

  • Encourage students’ pursuit and enjoyment of an expanded intellectual life.
  • Promote the development of strong skills in the areas of critical reading and thinking, communication, quantitative analysis, and information literacy.
  • Foster a deep understanding of and hands-on experience with inquiry practices of disciplines that explore the natural, social and cultural realm and their relation to each other.
  • Cultivate habits of the mind that foster integrative thinking and the ability to transfer skills and knowledge from one setting to another.
  • Develop proactive sense of responsibility for individual, civic, and social choices.

Note: Elective courses are broken into two categories.

Liberal arts and sciences electives, which must be chosen from offerings in humanities, social sciences, multimedia, natural sciences or mathematics. Free electives which may include the previous broad subject areas as well as any of Medaille College’s career courses and professional, technical and occupational courses transferred from two- or four-year institutions. Other non-traditional approaches to granting credit, such as Prior Learning Assessment, may also be applied toward the Liberal Studies degree.

The degree options of the Liberal Studies program allow students the opportunity to utilize prior recognized educational and professional experiences, which frequently are not applicable or transferable to other degree programs. Because of the unique nature of the program, an individual interested in obtaining the Liberal Studies degree should consult with the Department Chair in order to discuss the student’s educational background and to plan an educational goal. Students must work closely with their Academic Advisor throughout their studies to discuss course selections. It is also strongly recommended that early in the program students visit the Career Planning and Placement Office to help them identify their own personal and career goals. This goal identification is of great importance to students when selecting electives, which will help them, meet their needs.

Liberal Studies students may complete a specific, existing academic minor or choose to organize their electives around a central topic or theme such as American Studies. In planning their program, students may use such a central theme, for example, to organize and integrate liberal arts electives in humanities and social sciences with free electives in political science. Another example could be students interested in working in sales who might take a combination of courses in business, advertising, speech, writing, public relations and other related areas to prepare them for success in this field. Many other theme areas are possible.

Degree earned: A.S., B.S.
Total number of credits: 60 (A.S.); 120-121 (B.S.)

Credit Distribution (A.S.)

General Education Core
Writing Courses
ENG 105
ENG 110
Fundamentals of College Reading and Writing
and College Writing
6
or ENG 110
ENG 200
College Writing
and Advanced College Writing
Students may take ENG 102 for ENG 105, ENG 112 for ENG 110 and ENG 202/HON 200 for ENG 200
Critical Dialogues Course
INT 110Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 13
Math Courses
MAT 114Intermediate Algebra 23
MAT 201Statistics and Society3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
Humanities Electives
Select six credits of Humanities Electives6
May include any ART, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHI, SPA, SPE, or THE course
Social Sciences Electives
Select six credits of Social Sciences Electives6
May include any APY, CRJ, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SSC, SOC course
Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives
Select six credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives6
May include any APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, CRJ, DAN, ENG, ECO, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS, HUM, INT, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, or THE course
Free Elective Component
Select 27 credits of Free Electives 327
Total Hours60
1

Required of first-year students; all other students may substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective

2

Students who meet the math competency may substitute a Free elective

3

May include any College course. Because of the limited number of elective hours required for the associate degree, the in-depth concept and theme topics are not required. However, students are encouraged to organize their electives according to their future career and educational goals. In addition, students are counseled to select courses, which may later lead to a baccalaureate degree.

Credit Distribution (B.S.)

General Education Core
Writing Courses
ENG 110College Writing3
or ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students
ENG/HON 200Advanced College Writing3
or ENG 202 Advanced College Writing for Multilingual Students
Critical Dialogues Course
INT 110Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 13
American Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene
Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community
Justice and Democracy in America
African-American History
Cultural Interaction in Colonial North America
Enduring American Dialogues
Creative and Reflective Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Contemporary Photography as Cultural Landscape
Beginning Drawing
Basic Photography: Criticizing Photography
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Expression
Introduction to Theatre and Performance
Sustainability Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3-4
Introductory Biology
Human Nutrition
Botany
Enviromental Studies
Introductory Chemistry
Scientific Discovery
Physical Science
Principles of Physics I
Global Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present
Themes and Topics in World Literature & Culture
Major Global Literary Figures
Baccalaureate Capstone I
Medieval World
The History of Ireland
History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Arts in Society
Psychoanalysis & Politics
Seminar in Religion and Belief
Classical Music Studies
Truth & Justice
Citizenship Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Baccalaureate Capstone II
Capstone in Citizenship
Psychology Capstone
MAT 114Intermediate Algebra 23
MAT 201Statistics and Society3
SPE 130Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Experiential Learning
Select any 377/477 level course3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
ENG 205Introduction to Literature3
or ENG 215 Survey of World Literature
Select five courses of the following:15
Introduction to Anthropology
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Physical Geography
Western Civilization
World Cultures
Early United States History
Contemporary United States History
Introduction To Political Science
United States Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives
Select six 300/400 level liberal arts and sciences electives, including: APY, ART, BIO, CHE, CHI, CRJ, DAN, ECO, ENG, FRE, GEN, GEO, HIS, HUM, MAT, MUS, PHI, PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, or THE courses18
Free Elective Component
Select 48 credits of Free Electives 348
Total Hours120-121
1

Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective

2

Students who meet the math competency must substitute a Free elective

3

May include any College course.

Suggested Sequence

Liberal Studies, B.S.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra 3
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
LAS Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
American Dialogues 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
MAT 201 Statistics and Society 3
LAS Elective 3
LAS Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
Creative Dialogues 3
ENG 205/215 Introduction to Literature 3
LAS Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
Sustainability Dialogues 3
LAS Elective (300/400) 3
LAS Elective (300/400) 3
LAS Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Third Year
First Semester
Free Elective 3
LAS Elective (300/400) 3
LAS Elective (300/400) 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
Any 377/477 3
LAS Elective (300/400) 3
LAS Elective (300/400) 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Fourth Year
First Semester
Global Dialogues 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
Second Semester
INT 450 Capstone in Citizenship 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120

Please Note: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.