Liberal Studies students

Liberal Studies (B.A.)

Comprised of guided and free electives, the Liberal Studies program offers students the greatest breadth of academic selections. Liberal Studies majors have the freedom to select courses that interest them from across our majors and disciplines.

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Comprised of guided and free electives, the Liberal Studies program offers students the greatest breadth of academic selections. Liberal Studies majors have the freedom to select courses that interest them from across our majors and disciplines. By taking courses throughout the arts, humanities, science and math, and social sciences, students are able to explore a wide range of liberal arts subjects, discovering the powerful connections among fields like politics, literature, science, sociology, art, and history. Exposure to multiple areas of study provides Liberal Studies majors with a broad knowledge base and enhanced critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Those who wish to personalize the major further have the option of proposing and applying for an Individually Designed program of study.

Through their choice of courses, internships, and senior thesis projects, Liberal Studies students are able to create individualized programs that prepare them to meet their personal and professional goals.

Additional Liberal Studies Advisors
Dr. Mark Herlihy, Chair of Humanities
Amanda Finnegan, Academic Coordinator of Arts and Sciences

Download Liberal Studies curriculum guide.

Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 128-131


Freshman - Credits: 32

  • Foreign Language   (Cr: 6)
  • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives  (Cr: 6)
  • Electives    (Cr: 6)
ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
LST 201 - Interdisciplinary Seminar (Cr: 3)

Sophomore - Credits: 32-33

  • Global Issues General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Literary Perspectives General EducationRequirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Values & Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • English Elective    (Cr: 3)
  • International Studies Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • Philosophy or Religion Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • Science or Math Elective   (Cr: 3-4)
  • Electives   (Cr: 6)
INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)
LST 201 - Interdisciplinary Seminar (Cr: 3)

Junior - Credits: 31-32

  • Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Individual and Society General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Science and Technology General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3-4)
  • World Cultures General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • History Elective    (Cr: 3)
  • Political Science Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • Psychology or Sociology Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • Electives    (Cr: 6)
LST 302 - Methods of Inquiry in the Humanities (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Requirement
LST 379 - Semester Internship Strategies (Cr: 1)

Senior - Credits: 30

  • American Studies or Liberal Studies Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives    (Cr: 6)
    (must be above the 100 level)
LST 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
LST 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
LST 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

Liberal Studies Discipline-Specific Electives

The eight discipline-designated elective requirements (English; history; international studies; political science; philosophy or religion; psychology or sociology; math or science; american studies or liberal studies) may be met by taking any course with the individual discipline's prefix.  However, at least three of the eight courses must be above the 100-level.

The American studies/liberal studies elective requirement may be met by taking any course with an AMS or LST designation or one of the following courses:

ART 308 - Art in American Culture (Cr: 3)
ART 320 - Native American Art: Beyond Tradition (Cr: 3)
ENG 220 - American Short Story Cycles (Cr: 3)
ENG 240 - Boston in Literature and Film (Cr: 3)
ENG 310 - Modern American Poetry (Cr: 3)
ENG 337 - American Indian Literature (Cr: 3)
HST 225 - The Salem Witch Trials (Cr: 3)
HST 227 - Boston History (Cr: 3)
HST 229 - The American West (Cr: 3)
HST 230 - African-American History (Cr: 3)
HST 306 - New England History (Cr: 3)
HST 317 - Civil Rights Movement (Cr: 3)
HST 340 - Women in American History and Culture (Cr: 3)
MUS 230 - Jazz Styles (Cr: 3)
MUS 240 - The Rise of Rock and Roll (Cr: 3)
SM 303 - Sport in Society (Cr: 3)
SOC 320 - Racial and Ethnic Diversity in American Society (Cr: 3)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the liberal studies program students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the content of liberal arts disciplines.
  • Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of individual liberal arts disciplines or in work that is interdisciplinary.   
  • Articulate the connections and distinctions between and among liberal arts disciplines, and their contemporary relevance.
  • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse in various disciplines.
  • Make connections between the liberal arts and professional opportunities through a variety of internships.

Interdisciplinary Seminar Requirement

Students must take a minimum of two LST 201 Interdisciplinary Seminars to complete the program. These seminars are team-taught and examine topics from at least two disciplinary perspectives. The topics will change each semester.


Possibilities are Limited Only by Your Imagination and Goals...

Examples of Recent Liberal Studies Major Internships:

Office of Senator Edward Kennedy
MIT Research Lab
Amnesty International
Beverly Main Streets
E! Entertainment Television
Franklin Pierce Law Center
Hendrickson Publishing
Mullen Advertising
WBZ News Radio 1030
Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau
Embassy of Georgia
Redbrick Art Gallery
United for a Fair Economy


Public Relations
Development/ Fundraising

Download the Liberal Studies Career Sheet for more options and information.

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