Liberal Studies Major

Requirements for the Liberal Studies major

In addition to meeting the Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC) requirements for all undergraduates, which is 40 credits, the Liberal Studies major will complete a minimum of 39 credits from two areas of study.

The first area (18-27 credits) must be completed at Worcester State University in one of the University’s established minors.

The second area (15 or more credits) may be another of the University’s established minors, a concentration, or a self-designed cluster of classes. A maximum of 18 credits may be transferred in to this second area of the major.

At least 9 credits in the Liberal Studies student’s two areas must be at the 300-level or above. The program of study plan must reflect that at least 51 percent of the major credits are taken at Worcester State University. To receive a baccalaureate degree from Worcester State University, a student must complete 30 of the last 40 credits at Worcester State University.

In addition, all Liberal Studies students must take:

LS-190St: Introduction to Liberal Studies3-4
LS-490Capstone/Senior Research in Liberal Studies 13
Two optional courses are designed to allow for flexibility in the major and to provide a deeper understanding of an interdisciplinary education:
LS-290St: Intermediate Liberal Studies3-4
LS-390St: Advanced Liberal Studies3-4

1  Students who have completed 30 credits between areas one and two of their program of study may enroll in the capstone. 

Each Liberal Studies major will be required to maintain an e-portfolio of work produced in the student’s various courses, beginning in LS-190 and culminating inLS-490.

Evening students: Those wishing to declare a Liberal Studies major may, depending on the chosen areas of study, complete the required courses in the evening or during the summer.

Honors program: Liberal Studies majors with a 3.3 GPA or higher who wish to graduate with honors may add a 3-credit research project, creative work/portfolio, or thesis to the individualized plan of study.

Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.