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Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The goal of the Liberal Studies program is to prepare critical thinkers, articulate communicators, and effective problem-solvers, ready to enter a variety of career paths or proceed to graduate level study upon completion of their undergraduate studies.

The degree is designed to prepare students for the work force or further study at the graduate level. The versatility of this major makes it a popular one at Bay Path. 

Liberal Studies majors are well prepared to enter a variety of professional careers in which versatile critical thinking, writing, and leadership skills are required.

Liberal Studies also provides excellent preparation for moving on to graduate school programs in areas as diverse as art, business, English, history, psychology, and many more. Liberal Studies majors work with their faculty advisors to plan their own unique academic paths through the college experience. They are encouraged to delve into a variety of disciplines. 

My professors are very helpful and, even if they disagree with me on a subject matter, are respectful of my viewpoints. The History and English professors have a plethora of knowledge and make learning interesting, exciting, entertaining, and challenging. Bay Path encourages me to think about what I’m learning, and the significance that my education will have on the world." - Aleksandra, Liberal Studies Major 

Course Requirements

Code Course Name Credits
ART230 Art in America 3

ART 230 (3 credits) Art in America This course examines the major trends in painting, sculpture, domestic and commercial architecture, and the decorative arts in America from the Colonial Period through the 20th century. Study includes artistic trends in the Colonial North and South, the evolution of style during the 18th and 19th centuries, and trends as well as innovations during the 20th century. Social and cultural history, including folk art and the gilded age as reflected in the arts, will be stressed. Field trips will highlight the course.

CIT210 Intercultural Communication 3

This course focuses on communicating effectively in a culturally-diverse world. Students receive a solid grounding in Cultural Anthropology combined with Interpersonal Communication theory and practice to develop knowledge and skills essential for communicating effectively across cultural borders. Through lectures, small group discussions, research projects, videos, and guest speakers, students learn first to identify other peoples cultural patterns and then to analyze strategies for adjusting their own communicative styles to resolve and to avoid intercultural conflicts. Students demonstrate proficiency in intercultural theory and practice through writing assignments, including a formal cross-cultural research paper; oral presentations; and a variety of class activities and assignments. Prerequisites: ENG 114 and ENG 124

CMS305 Communicating in Liberal Studies 3

This course encourages students to develop professionally in fields related to the humanities with consideration of the unique viewpoints that study the human condition from the liberal studies vantage point. Focusing on the theme of 'professional conversations,' students are asked to think about what issues, debates, trends, etc., are happening in their fields of study and prospective careers. This course intends to equip students professionally and academically as they delve into their field of interest and think of their own contributions to their future profession. Pre-req: ENG124

ECO211 Macroeconomics 3

This course examines the elementary principles of economics involving individual and social choice, economic analysis, supply, demand, the market and the price mechanism. Major concentration is on macroeconomic principles relative to money, the banking system, national income analysis, inflation, unemployment and the dilemma of stabilization, competing theories in contemporary times and world trade, development issues and alternatives, and evolving economic systems. Offered in the fall semester

ENG114 Critical Reading & Response 3

This course introduces the integration of communication skills essential for effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college level. In this writing intensive course, students develop composition skills to produce collegiate-level papers modeling rhetorical modes and thematic content in addition to strategies for reading complex texts; presentation skills for personal introductions, verbal summaries of readings and response writings, and peer review of papers; and basic technological skills for word processing, e-mail, and introductory-level online research.

ENG124 Research & Writing in the Disciplines 3

In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty. Prerequisite: ENG 114

ENG134 Literary Genres 3

Selected readings in fiction, poetry, and drama introduce the student to literary types and techniques. These readings provide a basis for collegiate-level discussion, analysis, and the development of critical judgment. Building on the communications and research skills from earlier courses in the sequence, this course emphasizes continued practice in writing, and students complete a documented research paper using primary and secondary sources as one of the course writing assignments. Discussions and oral presentations based on assigned literature support the overall goal of the sequence: to enhance the advancement of the students, first academically and then professionally. Prerequisite: ENG 114

LAR400 Conflict & Consensus in Contemporary Culture 3

Students will conduct research, possibly collaboratively, into self-selected aspects of contemporary culture. Once topics are approved, students will use appropriate research methods and report their findings objectively, thereby generating the content of projects in a variety of media (audio, video, graphic design, print, etc.). The scope of these final projects will be significant and represent a capstone achievement. Prerequisite: Senior status

LAR499 Liberal Studies Internship 6

Prerequisites: A minimum cgpa of 2.0, senior status, and approval of department chair

SOC100 Principles of Sociology 3

SOC 100 (3 credits) Principles of Sociology This course introduces students to the major concepts and methods of sociology. Emphasis will be on the components of culture, the structure and institutions of society, the elements of social organization and differentiation, and sociological approaches to the analysis of groups.

WEL100 Women as Empowered Learners & Leaders 3

Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders is an interdisciplinary course, designed to give all students entering Bay Path University a common experience and foundation for their education. This course is an introduction to the University, to academic study, and to various approaches to thinking about personal potential, to understand the process of becoming a learner, and a leader, and composing a life, to appreciate beauty, and work actively toward establishing community and justice in the context of being a woman at the beginning of the 21st century.

WEL310 Strategies for Career and Personal Growth 1

(This course is graded Pass/Fail.) In their junior year before the opening of the spring semester, baccalaureate degree students will be offered a special opportunity to learn up-to-date information about the current work world in an intensive two-and-a-half-day workshop format. Students will meet successful professionals who will discuss the challenges and opportunities of their respective fields and help students prepare for interviews as well as learn how to navigate the early stages of their new careers.

WEL400 WELL in Practice 3

By WEL400, you will be ready to blend all the skills you have learned during the WELL program—leadership, critical thinking, research, writing, analysis, and public presentation—with a community service project. Empathy, respect, and tolerance are the core human values that are stressed. It’s what every good leader needs to confidently show the way.