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Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Liberal Studies allows students to explore and integrate courses from the perspective of a cosmology for the present age. A faculty mentor will help students plan an individualized Liberal Studies curriculum. Students present a final written project as part of the requirement for LST 401. The Program for Liberal Studies and Philosophy chairs the Liberal Studies committee. 

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand broadly the intellectual history of Western culture Liberal Arts disciplines and courses as they relate to the skills and foundational principles of academic areas identified for the degree recipient.
  2. Develop a deep personal awareness of the practical and transformative implications of all that the student has learned.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies:  Global Leadership & Philosophy Emphasis
The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an Emphasis on Global Leadership & Philosophy is designed for motivated students who aspire to become ecologically, socially, and spiritually conscious leaders formed in a global perspective, the program includes Liberal Studies and Philosophy courses and is guided by the Aristotelian tradition as developed within Catholic Social-Ecological Thought. Students in the program are encouraged to take a second major, or one or more minors, in their potential future career area. By means of two majors, or this major and one or more minors, the program gives students a deep and well-rounded preparation for future graduate study in areas including Business, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, History, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Theology. There is also an Honors option for this emphasis.

Students in this program become members of Pax Romana’s international student movement, a non-governmental organization (NGO) holding the highest level consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (UN), and also with the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Through membership, students form a learning community and participate in Pax Romana internships with Pax Romana at the United Nations in New York and Europe, and have the option of doing field-work with Pax Romana in Latin America or the Caribbean. Pax Romana has more than 120 years of history and networks approximately 420,000 university students, professionals, and intellectuals in 60 countries. For more information, contact the Liberal Studies Program Coordinator. 

Students majoring in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Global Leadership and Philosophy will:
  1. Understand broadly the intellectual history of Western philosophy through the primal, classical, modern, and postmodern eras of the human journey, and do so in a global framework. 
  2. Understand, with special depth, the interrelated ecological, social, and spiritual breakdown of the modern Western reductionist mechanistic cosmology and the breakthrough of a postmodern global holistic-ecological cosmology. 
  3. Understand the integrated ecological, social, and spiritual ethics of the still developing Catholic intellectual tradition for the emerging global civilization of the electronic era. 
  4. Develop a deep personal awareness of the need to explore for the practical and transformative implications of all that they have learned.

Specialization in Philosophy (15 credits)

The Specialization in Philosophy provides the student with greater intellectual depth for her or his major field.  It can also provide a profound intellectual foundation for future graduate work. And it strengthens the student’s intellectual leadership for a future career. Students take required 6 credits and 9 additional Philosophy credits.

Required Courses:
PHI 150D Introduction to Philosophy
PHI  332C Ethics

For more information on the Program, contact the Director of Liberal Studies and Philosophy Programs, Dr. Joe Holland, by phone at 305.628.6637 or by email at jholland@stu.edu.