Liberal Studies students

Liberal Studies (B.A.)

The Liberal Studies Bachelor degree program offers students flexibility, independence, and academic rigor, this option provides undergraduate adult learners with the opportunity to draw on the resources of the entire curriculum, across disciplines. 

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Program Overview

The Liberal Studies program is not designed to overlap with existing degrees but rather to provide qualified students with an academic program that meets their unique needs. Offering students flexibility, independence, and academic rigor, this option provides undergraduate adult learners with the opportunity to draw on the resources of the entire curriculum, across disciplines.


Program of Study

ED 101 Introduction to Education 3 cr.

ED 102 Curriculum Theory and Instruction 3 cr.

ED 203 Introduction to Children with Special Education 3 cr.

ED 210 Integrating Technology into the Classroom 3 cr.

ED 339 Classroom Assessment 3 cr.

ENG 111 Critical Reading and Writing I 3 cr.

ENG 112 Critical Reading and Writing II 3 cr.

ENG 312 Literature for Children 3 cr.

MTH 126 Applied Statistics 3 cr.

POL 213 American Government & Politics 3 cr.

PSY 200 Child and Adolescent Psychology 3 cr.

LST 305 Applied Research Methods 3 cr.

LST 489 Senior Thesis I 3 cr.

LST 490 Senior Thesis II 3 cr.

World Cultures Course 3 cr.

Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression Course 3 cr.

Values and Ethical Reasoning Course 3 cr.

Literary Perspectives Course 3 cr.

Individual and Society Course 3 cr.

Science & Technology Course 3 cr.

Education Electives 15 cr.

Core Elective

(Must be 300 level or higher)

General Education Electives 12 cr.

(at least two 300 level or higher)

Open Electives 36 cr.

Total degree requirements 126 cr.


Concentration Options

Early Childhood Education

  • Available in all locations
  • Available for Liberal Arts and Psychology degrees

The Early Childhood Education Concentration is an 8 course, 24 credit specialization that focuses on important issues for teachers working in private and pre-K child development centers.  This non-licensure specialization builds upon the skills, experience, and coursework many students will have already received prior to enrolling in Endicott College. This concentration will give students writing, research and foundational skills, especially focused on language and literacy skills. Teachers will need to ensure that young children become “Kindergarten ready”. 

ED 201             Foundations of Reading
ED 203             Introduction to Children in Special Education
ED 207             Strategies of Teaching Early Childhood Curriculum
ED 221             Emergent Literacy Instruction
ED 308             Early Childhood Methods
ED 330             Sheltered English Immersion 

Education
  • Available in all locations
  • Available for Liberal Arts and Psychology degrees

The Education Concentration is an 6 course, 18 credit specialization that focuses on teachers working in private public school settings.  This non-licensure specialization builds upon the skills, experience, and coursework many students will have already received prior to enrolling in Endicott College. This concentration will give students writing, research and foundational skills, especially focused on language and literacy skills. 

ED 101             Introduction to Education
ED 203             Introduction to Children in Special Education
ED 102             Curriculum Theory and Instruction
ED 339             Classroom Assessment
ED 210             Integrating Technology into the Classroom
PSY 200            Child and Adolescent Psychology 

Homeland Security Studies

  • Available in all locations
  • Available for Liberal Arts, Psychology, and Business Administration degrees

The Homeland Security Studies Concentration is a 6 course, 18 credit specialization that focuses on issues relevant to corporate, national and global security. This is an interdisciplinary specialization that focuses on student’s ability to assess risk and engage in critical thinking about conflict and security.  This concentration will give students writing, research and foundational skills in Homeland Security that they will need to work in the securities field, border patrol, emergency management or to pursue a graduate degree in Homeland Security. 

HLS 105 Intro to Homeland Security
POL 260 
          Politics of Identity 
CJ 350 
          Terrorism Studies
BUS 355 
          Risk Management 
ISTt 216 
          International Conflicts 
HLS 205 
          Amer. Intel. Comm. 

Trauma Studies

  • Available in all locations
  • Available for Liberal Arts, Psychology, and Business Administration degrees

The Trauma Studies Concentration is a 6 course, 18 credit specialization for students who want to work in educational, clinical or social work settings that serve individuals who have experienced trauma. This interdisciplinary specialization focuses on the student’s ability to assess risk and engage in critical thinking about trauma and its impact on individuals and society.

SOC 201 Trauma & Society
PSY 225  Psychology of Trauma
PSY   326 Developmental Trauma                       
HMS  310          Crisis Intervention             
PSY 335          Theories of Counseling

Montessori Education

  • Available in all locations
  • Available for Liberal Arts, Psychology, and Business Administration degrees

The Montessori Education Concentration is a 6 course, 18 credit specialization that focuses on issues relevant to educators who specialize in the Montessori method. This is an interdisciplinary specialization that focuses on providing students with an expanded knowledge of the cultural context in which Montessori Education is situated.

EDM 301             Education and Democracy
LST 100 
            Introduction to Academic Inquiry
ED 101 
            Introduction to Education
EDM 301 
            Culture and Identity 
PSY 200 
            Child & Adol. Psychology

 

For questions on any of the concentration options please contact your advisor. 


Admission Requirements

  • Completed application along with a non-refundable fee of $25.00
  • A 250 - 500 word essay explaining your professional goals
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official high school transcript or GED score report
  • Official college or military transcript (if applicable)
  • All students for whom English is not a first language must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum age of 24 years
  • Minimum two years of significant, full-time work experience. 

 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will:

• Effectively communicate in writing and through oral communication

• Exhibit skills in critical thinking and problem solving with ethical thought

• Demonstrate an understanding of the liberal arts disciplines at the lower and upper levels

• Understand and apply methods of inquiry associated with a  range of disciplines

• Design, execute, and present a personal project, which synthesizes and applies, selected knowledge, skills and experiences appropriate to the students’ personal and professional goals and/or their chosen area of specialization


Concentration in Homeland Security Studies Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will: 

• Comprehend the interdisciplinary field of Homeland Security and the complex political, cultural and legislative issues that are required to protect the homeland and respond to disasters
• Implement processes that strengthen project management, evaluation, and accountability within the homeland security directorate
• Identify and describe research issues relevant to existing and emerging homeland security challenges
• Assess current and future homeland security risks and opportunities
• Demonstrate the critical thinking, writing and research skills that are necessary to participate in the homeland security field

Concentration in Trauma Studies Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, students will: 

• Comprehend how trauma is an individual, political and cultural issue
• Assess individual and organizational risk by engaging in critical thinking regarding the impact of trauma on individual and society
• Prepare students to understand the populations that have experienced trauma and to develop programs that better service
populations who have experienced trauma
• Identify and describe research issues relevant to policy and educational issues that prevent trauma
• Demonstrate the critical thinking, writing, and research skills that are necessary to participate in the trauma studies field.

Concentration in Montessori Education Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the program, students will:​

• Enhance student writing and critical thinking regarding the Montessori Method
• Develop skills in action research
• Identify and describe intrinsic motivation as it applies to themselves as teachers and students
• Understanding the role of democracy in establishing the current public and private education system
• Assess the influence of culture on educational objectives

Concentration in Early Childhood Education Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will:

• Effectively communicate in writing and through oral communication
• Recognize the fundamental benchmarks to work in the field of early childhood education
• Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the concentration
• Recall and apply the basic foundational knowledge of early childhood education as delivered through the Baccalaureate Core
• Apply quantitative decision-making techniques for problem solving in the early childhood classroom
• Design, execute, and present a personal project, which synthesizes and applies selected knowledge, skills, and experiences appropriate to the students’ personal and professional goals and/or their chosen area of specialization.


 

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