B.S. Liberal Studies

https://www.tamuct.edu/degrees/undergraduate/liberal-studies.html

OVERVIEW

The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies is designed for mature students who seek a flexible degree program and who do not desire or may not meet the prerequisites of a highly structured traditional degree program. This program permits students to plan, with advisement, an individualized program with access to a wide range of academic disciplines and fields of professional study. The program is not designed to provide students with the depth of content in a concentration typically sufficient to prepare the student for advanced studies within an academic discipline related to this concentration.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of interdisciplinarity.

  2. Demonstrate an in-depth academic knowledge of three subject areas.

  3. Research and understand problems and issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.

  4. Synthesize an interdisciplinary perspective into a useful, meaningful, and practical whole.

  5. Demonstrate strong writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills.

Bachelor of Science - Liberal Studies Program Requirements

Refer to the General Education Core Requirements page for more information on the CORE REQ coursework. The Field of Study (FOS) courses are listed in the footnotes (if applicable). At least 120 credit hours are required for the degree.

The program listed is a general guideline for semester coursework, speak with a college advisor for an individualized student education plan.

First Year
Fall
CORE REQ Communications (010)3
CORE REQ Mathematics (020)3
CORE REQ Life and Physical Sciences (030)3
CORE REQ Creative Arts (050)3
Any Level Elective 13
Spring
CORE REQ Communications (010)3
CORE REQ Life and Physical Sciences (030)3
CORE REQ Social and Behavioral Sciences (080)3
Any Level Elective 13
Any Level Elective 13
Second Year
Fall
CORE REQ Language, Philosophy, and Culture (040)3
CORE REQ American History (060)3
CORE REQ Government/Political Science (070)3
CORE REQ Component Area Option (090)3
Any Level Elective 13
Spring
CORE REQ American History (060)3
CORE REQ Government/Political Science (070)3
CORE REQ Component Area Option (090)3
Any Level Elective 13
Any Level Elective - Minor 1 13
Third Year
Fall
LIBS 3300Intro to Liberal Studies3
CIS 3300Computer Technology and Impact3
or COSC 1301 Introduction to Computing
Upper Level Elective - Minor 1 13
Upper Level Elective - Minor 2 13
Upper Level Elective - Minor 3 13
Spring
Upper Level Elective - Minor 1 13
Upper Level Elective - Minor 2 13
Upper Level Elective - Minor 3 13
Any Level Elective - Minor 1 13
Any Level Elective - Minor 2 13
Fourth Year
Fall
Upper Level Elective - Minor 1 13
Upper Level Elective - Minor 2 13
Upper Level Elective - Minor 3 13
Any Level Elective - Minor 2 13
Any Level Elective - Minor 3 13
Spring
LIBS 4395Liberal Studies Capstone3
Upper Level Elective - Minor 1 13
Upper Level Elective - Minor 2 13
Upper Level Elective - Minor 3 13
Any Level Elective - Minor 3 13
Total Credit Hours120

Courses

LIBS 3300. Intro to Liberal Studies. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) Students are introduced to the major issues in interdisciplinary studies. Students research how their academic concentrations emerged as distinct disciplines and produce a research paper and presentation of their findings. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1301.

LIBS 4395. Liberal Studies Capstone. 3 Credit Hours.

(WI) This course requires students to integrate and use fundamental concepts learned in previous courses within the students' degree concentrations including research and analysis of real-world phenomena and problems. Students present written reports on their research, supplemented by appropriate internet and multimedia materials, as well as portfolios documenting their research. This is a writing intensive course for Liberal Studies majors. Prerequisite(s): LIBS 3300 and senior standing.

LIBS 5090. Comprehensive Examination. 0 Credit Hours.

Non-thesis students should register for the comprehensive examination during their final semester of graduate coursework, or upon permission of advisor. All comprehensive examinations will be written, but an oral component may also be required. A maximum of three attempts will be allowed. Thesis student do not take this examination.

LIBS 5300. Interdisciplinarity. 3 Credit Hours.

This course allows students to assess and to discuss various topic(s) examined from an interdisciplinary approach. Emphasis is upon investigating the contributions of interdisciplinary research in academia. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

LIBS 5310. Interdisciplinary Methods. 3 Credit Hours.

This course investigates interdisciplinary research methods and the application of these methods. Students research, write, and present projects on topic(s) related to their focus areas. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

LIBS 5389. Special Topics. 3 Credit Hours.

Readings, discussions, and research of selected interdisciplinary topics. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite(s): N/A.

LIBS 5395. Interdisciplinary Thesis. 3 Credit Hours.

Scheduled when the student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until the thesis is completed. Prerequisite(s): 24 hours graduate credit, including LIBS 5300 and LIBS 5310 completed, and consent of the MSLS Coordinator. Cannot be enrolled concurrently in LIBS 5300 or LIBS 5310.

LIBS 5398. Interdisciplinary Capstone. 3 Credit Hours.

N/A Course is being deleted. Prerequisite(s): N/A Course is being deleted.