Department of Liberal Studies
Phone (323) 343-4100
Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:15am - 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
What is Liberal Studies?
The Liberal Studies Department allows students to study a variety of different subjects in an integrated and coherent baccalaureate program that prepares them for post-graduate work and careers in teaching, law, medicine, business, library science, and a variety of other fields. In the Liberal Studies major, students take courses in subjects all across campus in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities based upon their option and depth area(s). At the center of curriculum, students take courses in Liberal Studies that help them understand how disciplines work, how they differ from one another, and how they fit together into a bigger picture. In Liberal Studies courses students learn methods for conducting research, writing, and integrating knowledge from many subjects at once. The courses and curriculum of Liberal Studies also place an emphasis on civic and community engagement. Liberal Studies has a distinguished faculty that is dedicated to helping their students perform at a high level and achieve their educational and career goals.
Welcome from the Chair
With an enthusiastic faculty and an intellectually diverse and stimulating curriculum, the Department of Liberal Studies is committed to providing its students with the best educational experience possible. The faculty members in Liberal Studies are outstanding teachers and scholars whose interdisciplinary work spans across fields such as American Studies, art history, communication studies, cultural studies, English, ethnic studies, history, science studies, sociology, and women's and gender studies. We believe that the best education is one that is self-motivated and self-directed. Our goal is to help students explore the topics and questions that intrigue and excite them, as part of a lifelong project of developing personal awareness and worldly acumen. Accordingly, the Department is committed to giving students the opportunity to focus their studies on selected subjects of interest to them and to explore how interdisciplinary investigation can illuminate them. The Department is also developing a master's degree in Liberal Studies that we hope will be accepting students within a couple of years. We invite you to join us in the exciting future that awaits you in the Department of Liberal Studies.
Patrick B. Sharp, Chair