College of Human Resources and Education

Liberal Arts and Sciences
For the student seeking a broad-based education with an interdisciplinary perspective.


Liberal Arts and Sciences is an interdisciplinary program that requires students to take courses in most departments within the Eberly College. This program of study gives students the background to master new knowledge quickly and integrate that knowledge into a broad existing knowledge base.


Students may apply for admission to the Liberal Arts and Sciences major after the complete 58 hours of course work, including Math 126, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Career Opportunities

Options for the liberal Arts and Sciences graduate are extensive.  Opportunities in government, business, and global affairs are available.  Graduates have a broad knowledge base that makes them highly desirable in the workforce.

Companies in all areas hire Liberal Arts graduates: accounting, advertising, agriculture, automobile renting/leasing, banking, building, computer services, fashion, financial services, hotel, health care, insurance, law, journalism, manufacturing, marketing, management consulting, and telecommunications. With proper planning, the degree also may be used to prepare for medical school and other health-care professions.

Graduate Schoool Opportunities

 The acceptance of Liberal Arts and Sciences graduates into graduate and professional schools is growing. Advanced degrees in many fields allow for higher salaries and added responsibilities.

Students in this major can easily structure their course work to successfully prepare for graduate study in business administration, creative writing, journalism, law, medicine, and public administration.

Course Work

The liberal arts and sciences major requires a minimum of 30 semester hours in each of the three basic cluster areas:

  • Humanities and Fine Arts

    At least six hours of the following courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.  Course work in these areas must have as its subject matter the understanding, appreciate, or history of the relevant disciplines.  Credit will not be given for studio, performance, workshop, or craft courses.

    • Group I (15 credit hours): art, music, theatre, humanities, English literature, foreign literature in translation
    • Group II (15 credit hours): history, philosophy, religious studies, foreign languages *(courses used to satisfy the Eberly College foreign language requirement may not be used to fulfill this requirement)

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

    At least six hours of the following courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.

    • Group I (15 credit hours): communication studies, psychology, sociology and anthropology
    • Group II (15 credit hours): economics, geography, political science

  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics

    At least twelve hours of the following courses must be at the 200 leve or abovel.

    • Group I (15 credit hours): mathematics, computer science, statistics
    • Group II (15 credit hours): physics, chemistry, geology, biology

Additional Requirements

With the assistance of their academic advisor, students also design a 15 credit hour upper-level concentration and complete a capstone course.

For additional information...

For more information please contact Dr. Nicholas Evans at 293-4611, or via e-mail at .




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