2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    Aug 20, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog

Liberal Studies, BA

Program Description:

Wright State’s liberal studies major allows students to tailor their academic program to their needs and interests across a wide range of disciplines. This program is designed for students seeking a more interdisciplinary educational experience than is available with other majors. The liberal studies degree prepares students for a variety of careers. The program can serve as a pre-law curriculum. English, communication, political science, and history courses can help prepare students for careers in journalism or other media. Fine arts courses can be combined with other disciplines to prepare people for careers working in museums or art galleries in research, marketing, or management capacities. Others could use the degree to prepare for careers in library science or in the publishing industry. Because students select from a range of disciplines to individualize their programs, there are many other career possibilities.

The Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies focuses on the core competency areas of communication, critical thinking, understanding society, and self-understanding. Students will complete one course each in the humanities, fine arts, and social sciences, plus an additional course in one of those areas (4 courses total). They will then select one of those three as an area of concentration. With help from a faculty advisor, students may choose courses from a variety of disciplines.

This program requires extensive advising and the development of a program of study. Some departments may have specific entrance/audition requirements.

Major Requirements

Core (12 hours): One course in each of the three Liberal Arts areas of specialization, and an additional course in one area.

  • Humanities:  Classics, Communication, English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Religion
  • Fine Arts:  Art, Art History, Music, Theatre, Dance, Motion Pictures
  • Social Sciences:  Anthropology, Geography, Economics, Political Science, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies (History may also count as a Social Science)

Concentration (15 hours): These are upper division (3000-4000 level) courses from within one of the three Liberal Arts areas of specialization. Two of these courses must be writing intensive. These 15 hours may constitute a minor (or equivalent) within a single discipline or come from several disciplines within the area.

Related Requirements

Professional Component (3 hours): These are courses that will enhance a liberal studies major’s chances for employment or career advancement, such as courses in Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, and Public Administration.

Interdisciplinary Studies (3 hours): These are courses in African and African American studies, International Studies, Women’s studies, and other courses of a multidisciplinary nature approved by the liberal studies program coordinator.

Campus Contact Information:

Liberal Studies
370 Millett Hall
(937) 775-2274

For additional information:

Program Requirements:

I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours

Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 3 Hours

Element 3: Global and Cultural Studies: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 6 Hours

II. Departmental Requirements: 27 Hours

Core Curriculum: 12 Hours

Four Core Area Courses:

  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

Students must take at least one course in each of the three areas and two courses in one area.

Concentration: 15 Hours

Five courses in one of the 3 core areas

  • All must be 3000-4000 level courses
  • Two must be Intensive writing courses
  • 1 inter-disciplinary studies course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • 1 professional component course Credit Hour(s): 3

III. Related Requirements: 6 Hours

  • 1 interdisciplinary studies course Credit Hour(s): 3
  • 1 professional component course Credit Hour(s): 3

IV. College Requirements: 18 Hours

Foreign Language: 12 Hours

Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language:
Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry

V. Electives: 31 Hours

Total: 120 Hours

Graduation Planning Strategy

The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.