Liberal Studies Department
  • LIBERAL STUDIES
    An Interdisciplinary Program

    Liberal Studies at Seattle University is the interdisciplinary study of the arts and sciences, and it links metacognition and community engagement in a way that cultivates humanity. The integrative study of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences has long been recognized as the finest preparation for a challenging world. The Liberal Studies program is designed for students with initiative, thoughtfulness, and curiosity who want to use their skills and knowledge to make a contribution to society.

    Coursework is an exciting intellectual and social experience. Flexibility is a key Program virtue: as majors grow intellectually the shape of coursework and research can match their intellectual vision. Coursework is project-centered, an innovative curricular design in which students tackle real-world problems. Rather than supervisors, faculty become mentors to engaged and self-motivated students. See B.A. in Liberal Studies tab.

    Majors establish a personalized e-portfolio of accomplishments as they proceed to senior year, sharable with potential employers, and Liberal Studies houses the SU Consortium of Interdisciplinary Scholars as a resource for student projects. Majors gain work experience in the community through the SU Center for Service and Community Engagement, and can take advantage of leadership seminars, youth tutoring, and K-8 teaching preparation courses taught in a local elementary school, as well as our undergraduate publishing program.

    Alumni of Liberal Studies are pursuing M.A.’s and Ph.D.’s, working in major tech companies and start-ups, non-profits, business management, and many other fields, and teaching K-8. See Alumni-Jobs-Grad School tab.

    Faculty are diverse, accomplished, and friendly. They are campus leaders of note. Program faculty write scholarly books and articles in a number of disciplines, including education, philosophy, psychology, theology, sociology, and interdisciplinary studies. See faculty tab.

    K-8 options apply to about 35 percent of Liberal Studies majors; they choose it because it is the recommended program in the College for students who plan to teach at the elementary level. See K-8 Teaching Options tab.

    "Liberal Studies Majors, for me, are the most remarkable students on campus. They seek more than narrow disciplinary work, and instead pursue broader understanding of complex real-world problems by integrating insights drawn from these disciplines. In other words, they work and think at the most challenging, academic level possible – interdisciplinary scholarship."  - Sven Arvidson, Ph.D., Program Director
  • News

    Student Profile: Katy Granath
    Whether focusing on Somali women's health or pornography, Katy Granath took on challenging research assignments. Her efforts were rewarded when she flew to Kentucky to present her findings at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research. More here.

    Alumni Profile: Emily Cohen '10
    Social justice, faith, leadership.
    More here.

  • Meet alum Jonathan Standridge, The Boeing Co., Class of '97

    Learn more: Watch the video and then read the article.

  • What can I do with a
    Liberal Studies Degree?

    Emily Cohen, HARVARD Divinity School; Nathan Wheeler, 4th grade TEACHER; Chris Holway, YAHOO!; Anna Roberds, MIT at STANFORD; Anneke Meulblok, NON-PROFIT; Bryan Dalton, WA State COUNSELOR; Sara Stockett, EFELLE MEDIA.

      See more jobs here.

    Declaring a Major in
    Liberal Studies

    It’s simple! Come to the Liberal Studies Program (Casey 4th Floor) and complete a form declaring your major in Liberal Studies. You will be assigned a faculty advisor right away. And you will be encouraged to meet Dr. Sven Arvidson, Director of Liberal Studies.

    Student Leadership Council 2013-14

     Taylor Barkee '15,
     Justine Devers '14,
     Ali Fragoso '14
     Katherine Granath '14
     Allason Leitz '14
     Tyler Russell '14