The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BA.LS) degree program is to offer flexibility in planning a program of study to meet individual, personal, and career interests. The BA.LS degree program provides a unique opportunity for students to combine fields of study and self-construct specialty programs in areas for which the university does not grant degrees. The program fosters creativity among students with established learning goals and also validates the previous learning of students who opt to pursue this option late in their academic journey. Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide an individualized education, based in the tradition of the liberal arts (the humanities, the arts, languages, mathematics, and natural and social sciences). The program is committed to the development of the independent lifelong learner.
The Bachelor of Arts of Liberal Studies program intent is to produce effective and productive citizens and leaders in a challenging and rapidly changing global society.
Mansfield University offers over 50 academic minors, thus Liberal Arts majors may select fields of study from a broad range of disciplines.
Students in Liberal Studies fulfill the University's general education program requirements (see General Education), including a comprehensive capstone course or experience, and may choose between two paths 1) Complete one or more academic minors or 2) Earn a second-year proficiency in a foreign language. Second year language proficiency is defined as successful completion of the 2202 level of a foreign language. Additionally, students who have completed the capstone course or experience in another program are exempt from completing an additional capstone course or experience in Liberal Studies.
The program fosters creativity among students with established learning goals and also validates the previous learning of students who opt to pursue this possibility late in their academic journey. The faculty academic advisor of record, assist students in the purposeful planning of an undergraduate liberal education that contributes to the acquisition of knowledge and skills which promotes academic and personal growth consistent with the program goals below.
Beyond the general education requirements, there are no specific course requirements for the Liberal
Studies degree. However, no more than 24
credit hours in any individual prefix area can be counted towards the number of
hours needed for graduation (120). (Note that: BUS, MGT, FIN, ACC, MU ART, ED and ELE are
each separate course prefix areas).
To impart general knowledge and enhance critical thinking skills and intellectual capabilities
The acquisition of knowledge of:
The demonstration of skills in:
The development of dispositions to:
Interested students should contact the chairperson, Professor Deborah Rotella (570-662-4824) for information.
Each student will successfully demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and apply areas of general education knowledge and their specialized area of academic study (academic minor or foreign language proficiency).
Each students will be able to describe "What is means to have a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies" and demonstrate well developed critical thinking and research Skills through a writing assignment to be included in the Liberal Studies Capstone Portfolio.
Student will demonstrate their advanced ability to communicate in writing by compiling a Liberal Studies Capstone Portfolio which will include artifacts as evidence.