The Liberal Studies major at Maryville University is a multidisciplinary program that provides for special interests and individualized programs of study. Liberal studies majors may pursue concentrations in art history, humanities, music, philosophy, political science, social sciences or physical sciences; or they may develop a thematic concentration representing such areas as American studies, international studies, women’s studies, two or more liberal arts disciplines; or even a conjunction of liberal and professional study. If students combine a Liberal Studies concentration with a professional concentration, at least 30 credits must be in the Liberal Studies concentration. The General Education requirements listed below apply to all individualized plans of study in the Liberal Studies Major.
A student interested in majoring in liberal studies should draw up an individualized plan of study in consultation with his or her adviser. The rationale for the concentration must be clearly articulated. The plan must be filed no later than the beginning of the junior year and must be approved by the student’s adviser, an adviser in any conjoined discipline or area of study, the Liberal Studies Committee and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Liberal Studies major requires 48 credit hours or 30 credit hours plus a minor or secondary concentration. In either case, at least half the credits must be at the upper-division level, and half must be earned at Maryville. No more than two of the major courses may be counted for General Education credit.
Due to the nature of its audience, the curriculum for the Liberal Studies major offered in Maryville’s Weekend and Evening College format varies slightly from the traditional undergraduate curriculum. The WEC general education requirements retain the same focus and content but have different course restrictions and credit hours as affected by the 3–4 credit hour variances. Specific WEC major or minor requirements can be found in any WEC office.
Liberal Studies plans may not substantially duplicate established programs or majors.
Liberal Studies students will be required to establish and maintain portfolios documenting their activities and coursework in fulfillment of their liberal studies plans. 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. Students who would like a more directed program in Liberal Studies may complete the Liberal Studies Major described below or may choose one of the other areas of concentration in Liberal Studies Art History; Philosophy; Political Science.