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Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

Humanities Concentration

College of Arts and Sciences
and Division of Continual Learning

1100 W. Market Street, Suite 300



Kathleen E. Forbes, Co-Director, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

Robert C. Hansen, Co-Director, Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Program

Andreas Lixl, Department of German and Russian
Nora S. Reynolds, Division of Continual Learning
Hephzibah Roskelly, Department of English
Stephen Ruzicka, Department of History

Rationale and Program Objectives

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, Humanities Concentration, is an on-line degree completion program for adult students who have earned a minimum of 60 hours of transferable credit at other institutions. The program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to earn their baccalaureate degree in an e-learning environment by gaining a thorough understanding of the humanities, the interconnections among them, and their relevance to individuals and to modern society. The humanities are broadly defined to include those disciplines that study people—their ideas, their history, their literature, their artifacts, and their values. The program will investigate individual people in their solitude, life together in societies, and models of and for reality that constitute cultures. Individual courses will tackle the Big Questions that have been the traditional province of the humanities such as “What makes a life worth living?” The program is designed to enhance the student’s ability to:

  • Think critically and analytically
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Understand and explain interconnections among the Humanities disciplines
  • Appreciate the wide range of human experience
  • Achieve increased depth of knowledge in one of the four categories of the Humanities: Literature, Fine Arts, Philosophy/Religion/Ethics, Historical Perspectives.