College of Arts and Sciences
Liberal Studies

Program Summary

  • Liberal Studies is the interdisciplinary study of the arts and sciences, and it links reflective cognition 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.

    Students work closely with an advisor, focusing their plan of study through project-centered work on complex, real-world problems. Coursework is an exciting intellectual and social experience, anchored in strategic major courses and mentoring relationships with professors. Each major establishes an electronic portfolio project within a project-centered curricular design, and the Program houses the Seattle University Consortium of Interdisciplinary Scholars, representing all schools and colleges on campus, to mentor student projects. Majors can take advantage of leadership seminars, youth tutoring, and K-8 teaching preparation courses taught in a local elementary school.

    Businesses and communities need creative problem-solvers, leaders and integrative thinkers. Marketable knowledge and skills come from being trained as an interdisciplinarian: project-management, effective communication, teamwork, leadership, strategic thinking, creativity and enterprise. Every major gains work experience in the community through the Seattle University Center for Service and Community Engagement. Recent graduates are pursuing M.A.'s and Ph.D.'s, teaching K-8 in the U.S. and Europe, working in medical fields, law enforcement, non-profits, business management, major tech companies, communications and other professions.

    The Liberal Studies program is also recommended for students who plan to teach at the elementary level. Specific courses are recommended by the College of Education, and students planning to become teachers should inform the College of Education as soon as possible. See the Liberal Studies Program website and the statement on Education Advising.

    Degrees and Specializations Offered

    Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Liberal Studies: In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in liberal studies, students must complete a minimum of 180 credits with a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.00.