Liberal Studies

The liberal studies major allows students to design their own plan of study (major) organized around a theme. The theme is created by the student to support their career and personal goals. This interdisciplinary approach provides greater breadth and flexibility than can be found in other majors. Students mix and match courses from the following OSU-Cascades departments: American studies, anthropology, art, English, communication, political science, psychology, Spanish and sociology.

Students in liberal studies receive a well-rounded education that prepares them for a variety of experiences and careers. Liberal studies introduces students to diverse subject matter. In addition to this breadth of new knowledge, students will develop communication skills and the ability to think critically, a combination in demand everywhere in today's job market. The OSU-Cascades liberal studies program encourages students to seek opportunities beyond their degree requirements to further facilitate their ability to think critically and communicate competently in contexts outside the university.

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Pre-Education Tools

If you are interested in pursuing education within liberal studies, you may consider choosing the pre-education option in liberal studies. Students will complete a revised version of the University Baccalaureate Core and the College of Liberal Arts Core Requirements.
More information about liberal studies pre-education

Pre-Law Tools

Check out these helpful websites to prepare and research a pre-law focus as a liberal studies major.

OSU's Pre-Law Program
3+3 Law Program
- OSU and Willamette partnership

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