Effective as of fall 2008

Liberal Arts: a Self-Designed Program

The self-designed major in Liberal Arts leads to a BA or BS in Liberal Arts. This major requires completion of a minimum of 13 courses. Students choosing this option must also prepare a path statement.

The path statement must include:

1. Preliminary Questions (answering the following questions will clarify the reasons for choosing the Liberal Arts major):

  • What are you interested in studying?
  • What are the intellectual and/or personal reasons for choosing this path of study?
  • Which faculty members are most relevant to your path of study?

2. Name of proposed path of study

3. Description

  • A detailed description of the path of study with a rationale, including an explanation of why it can not be accomplished within an existing major

4. Curriculum: a list of courses that support the path of study.

  • Past Courses: include the subject codes, numbers, titles, instructors, and the semester the course was taken
  • Future Courses: include the subject codes, numbers, titles, instructors, and the semester the course will be taken

5. Faculty Letter

  • A letter from a Faculty Advisor to the chair of Liberal Arts assessing the proposal's feasibility.

Students should be aware of the following selection criteria:

  • Is the proposal well constructed? Is the rationale for the major clearly and fully articulated?
  • Feasibility: Are courses available? Are they likely to be available? Are resources such as faculty advising and other institutional support adequate to sustain the project?
  • Assessment of faculty advisor’s letter

Expectations of students completing the self-designed Liberal Arts major:

  • Students meet with the chair of Liberal Arts at least once each semester. During this meeting, the path statement will be discussed and revised as needed.
  • Students communicate with instructors before a course begins in order to clarify the connections between the course readings and assignments and their path of study.
  • Senior year: Students complete a five-page reflection on path of study (in addition to senior capstone).

Senior Capstone
All Liberal Arts students are required to complete an independent senior work project.

Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken in order to meet the requirements for the major in Liberal Arts.