Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts: A Self-Designed Program (BA or BS, Liberal Arts)

The idea of a liberal arts education implies a course of study that involves self-enlightenment, self-cultivation, and the honing of one’s critical faculties. The Liberal Arts major at Lang puts this idea into practice.

If you elect the Liberal Arts major, you will be asked to design a personal path of study for approval by the college. In your proposal, you will outline themes or subjects you intend to study and provide a selection of courses from the broad range of subjects offered. You will bring together themes and methods that interest you in a rigorous interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum, often connected to a central research question or problem. Careful advising is key to making this work, and your advisors will help you each step of the way. For either bachelor's degree program, the emphasis is on liberal arts. The BA degree option allows up to 30 non-liberal arts credits overall whereas the BS degree option allows up to 60 non-liberal arts credits for students interested in incorporating more applied arts and practice-based course work.

Normally, the path of study statement must be approved by the chair of Liberal Arts no later than the second semester of the sophomore year. Junior transfer students must have path statements approved during their first semester in residence.

Guided Area of Study in Social Inquiry

Eugene Lang College now offers majors in Anthropology and Sociology. Students interested in Social Inquiry are encouraged to consult with an advisor and the chairs of these new programs when selecting coursework and considering degree programs. Liberal Arts majors already focusing on Social Inquiry can visit the curriculum page for information about coursework, advisors, and completing a senior capstone. Students with questions about the Social Inquiry curriculum are encouraged to contact Jon White, associate dean of Student Affairs.