Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
The Department of Liberal Studies continues the tradition of Mercer's founder, Jesse Mercer, by making a liberal arts foundation for professional and personal development accessible to working adults throughout Georgia. Our commitment to students who participate in our courses and programs is to assist them in developing their capacities for critical thinking and communication, and in deepening their understanding of the diverse culture in which we live as a foundation for meaningful living and responsible citizenship.Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree
The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies degree with its individualized program of study is designed for those students who want a bachelor's degree for their personal and professional development. Consistent with the University's goal to offer "programs based upon a strong liberal arts foundation," the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program provides a curriculum responsive to the individual's instructional choices and the College's instructional capabilities. This B.A. degree provides an individualized program of study in a select range of courses and fosters students' ability to think critically and constructively in relation to their self-chosen academic goals. While this degree allows students to propose their own programs of study, it broadens their academic perspectives by emphasizing interdisciplinarity as a method of comprehension and understanding. Students who wish to focus their studies in the liberal arts will find a variety of options for designing a program consistent with their interests. Students who bring with them previous academic work may find that with this program they are able to complete their studies in good fashion by combining their work in various fields.
The Bachelor of Liberal studies degree focuses on several general student learning outcomes that are consistent with all of the individualized programs of studies. As specific programs of study are developed for each student, additional student learning outcomes may be specified by a student's degree program advisor(s). Upon the completion of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree the successful student should be able to:
Required Courses (15 credit hours)
- Write and Read effectively and clearly in a variety of academic formats that demonstrate well developed and connected patterns of thought.
- Speak and Listen effectively and clearly in a variety of settings that demonstrate well developed and connected patterns of thought.
- Think critically and apply critical thinking skills in academic learning experiences grounded in the liberal arts tradition.
- Create an effective interdisciplinary or intradisciplinary synthesis in their program of study
- Understand and interpret the themes and issues associated with their area(s) of concentration.
- Analyze and construct arguments based on evidence and the work and interpretations of other sources.
- Engage in research across disciplines
LBST 210 The Idea of the University
LBST 250 Arts and Idea of Traditional Cultures OR
LBST 255 Arts and Ideas of the Emerging Modern World
LBST 275 Argument: Social Thought and Citizenship OR
LBST 280 Argument: Studies in Public Discourse
LBST 350 Critical Theory & Liberal Studies
LBST 498 Liberal Studies CapstoneRequired Concentrations (24 credit hours)
In addition to the core major requirements listed above, all Liberal Studies students may in consultation with their advisor choose concentrations in any of the areas of study listed below.
Two Concentration Option-- Students may develop a program of study with two 12 credit hour concentrations.
One Concentration Option -- Students may develop a program of study with one 24 credit hour concentration.Areas of StudyA. Humanities
Religious StudiesB. Interdisciplinary Studies
Religion and Society
Education and Society
Literature and Society
History and Society
Women's and Gender Studies
WritingC. Individualized Studies
In consultation with an advisor, students may develop an individualized plan of study (one or two concentrations) combining course offerings in the Liberal Studies department.D
. Students may also choose concentrations in Mathematics or Science offered and approved by the College's Mathematics, Science, and Informatics Department.Total Hours in Major: 39 credit hours
General Education: 42 credit hours
Electives: 39 credit hours
TOTAL for B.A. in Liberal Studies degree: 120 credit hours
The Department of Liberal Studies offers minors in the following areas of study
18 Semester Hours
Students should select 18 hours of 200 level or above communication courses not counted as general education requirements or as requirements in their major.
18 semester hours
Students should select 18 hours of 200 level or above from history courses not counted as general education requirements or requirements in their major.
18 Semester Hours
Students should select any 18 hours of 200 level or above, including at least 6 hours at the 300 level listed in the English subject area that are not counted as general education requirements or as requirements in their major.Religious Studies
18 Semester Hours
Students may obtain this minor by selecting 6 courses from the religious studies area or, with departmental approval, related or special topics courses, in addition to those counted in the general education requirements and those of their major.