Description of Liberal Studies Major
The Liberal Studies major allows students 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 disciplines in the College of Liberal Arts at OSU-Cascades.
These departments include: American Studies, Anthropology, Art, English, Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Spanish and Sociology at OSU-Cascades campus.
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.
Tools for Liberal Studies Majors
Creating your Plan of Study/Theme
Liberal Studies students create their own major courses through identifying a theme for their major and developing Plan of Study (list of major courses). Students are required to submit their Plan of Study with a supporting justification essay to the College of Liberal Arts. Your advisor will help you with this process. The major Plan of Study must be submitted by the deadline set by the College of Liberal Arts.
Students typically choose to create their own theme for the Liberal Studies major course requirements. The theme should reflect a students career and personal goals. Students will work with their advisor to help develop their theme. Check out the Themes website for more info. Students may choose a pre-designed themes established by departments within the OSU-Cascades College of Liberal Arts (CLA) instead of creating their own theme/plan of study. Students should still work closely with their advisor to plan within the designed themes.
Liberal Studies Advising
Detailed advising information can be accessed by visiting the OSU-Cascades Advising page.
New students, including transfer students, begin their advising process by registering to attend a required new student orientation session at which time they will meet with an academic advisor.
If you are interested in pursuing Education/Teaching within Liberal Studies, you may consider choosing the Pre-ed Option in Liberal Studies. Students will complete a revised version of the University Baccalaureate Core and the College of Liberal Arts Core Requirements.
Sometimes the Pre-Education option is not ideal for transfer students. Many students complete the general Liberal Studies major (without the Pre-Ed option) while simultaneously preparing for entrance into the MAT program. Work with your Academic Advisor to work toward your degree and take the pre-reqs for the MAT program.
Check out these helpful websites to prepare and research a pre-law focus as a Liberal Studies major.
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Liberal Studies Faculty
Neil Browne, Associate Professor, English
Natalie Dollar, Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences; Associate Professor, Speech Communication; Liberal Studies Lead
James Foster, Professor, Political Science
Henry Sayre, Distinguished Professor, Art History
Ellen Santasiero, English
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