Learning for life

The mission of the Liberal Studies Program is to cultivate informed, responsible, productive, engaged, and self-reflective citizens of the world. 

The purpose of the Liberal Studies Program is to provide opportunities for students to gain a breadth of knowledge and skills that complements the depth of knowledge and expertise that they acquire in their major.  

Students develop the ability to engage with bodies of knowledge in the areas of Distribution Blocks:

  • science
  • cultural understanding
  • social and political worlds 
  • aesthetic and humanistic inquiry

In addition, students hone their essential skills in:  

  • critical thinking, 
  • effective writing, 
  • effective oral communication, 
  • scientific inquiry,
  • quantitative reasoning, and
  • creative or aesthetic thinking
along with their oral and written communication skills across a broad range of academic fields.