The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (LAR) offers students the opportunity to gain a broad-based understanding of human activities, institutions, and societies and to develop their ability to think and write critically in the classical traditions of the liberal arts. The program prepares students for a wide variety of careers in human services, the professions, teaching and the corporate world. Because of its multidisciplinary nature, it is especially recommended for those intending to become elementary and middle school teachers. Given its broad academic scope, it provides the foundation for long-term career development and change. Students select two concentrations from a variety of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary studies.
The interdisciplinary nature of the liberal arts major makes it especially important that students are thoughtful about their choice of interests and work closely with their faculty advisor in selecting concentration areas and courses and in constructing a coherent academic program. In addition to the two concentrations to satisfy the LAR major, students should consider pursuing a minor in a department or topical area such as Women and Gender Studies, Black Studies, Religious Studies, Indic Studies or Aging and Health.
Students are encouraged to declare the liberal arts major as soon as possible in their academic career and meet with the Director of Liberal Arts to discuss their course path and to be assigned an LAR faculty advisor. The LAR faculty advisor will assist with selecting courses and helping students progress toward degree completion.