2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Liberal Studies, B.A. with a Political Science Concentration

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The Liberal Studies major at Maryville University is a multidisciplinary program that provides for special interests and individualized programs of study.  Political Science is an ideal Liberal Studies program. Political Science at Maryville offers a variety of approaches to understanding government. Students study the institutions, processes and policies of American and foreign political systems. Courses in international relations, political philosophy and contemporary political problems are presented, as are classes in world and national political history. It is also a requirement that students choose a minor.

Liberal Studies students will be required to establish and maintain portfolios documenting their activities and coursework in fulfillment of their liberal studies major. The presentation of this portfolio to the student’s Liberal Studies Committee is a requirement for graduation as a Liberal Studies major.

Students enrolled in this program are encouraged to take full advantage of Maryville’s consortium agreement with other schools. A semester abroad and other exchange and internship opportunities also may represent options for students pursuing the liberal studies major. For more information on the study abroad program, see Maryville’s Study Abroad program.

Liberal Studies Majors - General Education Requirements


  • Fine Arts (1 course): art, music, performance, aesthetics
  • Literature or foreign language (1 course)
  • Philosophy (1 course)
  • Humanities electives (2 courses): ADSA, ADAH, ENGL, FPAR, FREN, HUM, LAT, MUS, PHIL, REL, SPAN

Social Sciences:

  • Two courses in History or American government (PSCI 101 American Government  )
  • Social Science elective from one of the following:

Natural Science/Quantitative Reasoning:

  • Science
  • Additional Math or Science

General Education Electives

Three courses from disciplines within the college of Arts and Sciences (chosen in consultation with the adviser)


Note: Two courses that count for General Education may also count toward the major

Political Science Courses

A student concentrating in Political Science must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in Political Science including at least 15 credits at the upper-division level and the following:

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