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The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Liberal Studies is intended as an opportunity to enable students, under faculty-advisor guidance, to design a unique program of study not readily available within the existing curricular structure of the University. This major aims at providing alternative avenues for accommodating the individual academic interest  of students. A student may either (a) pursue in-depth study in an area or areas not presently offered as majors at Framingham State University or (b) may choose a broad spectrum of course work among a number of disciplines in lieu of the traditional one-discipline course of study.

Students in this major have the opportunity to experience a broad course of study in the traditional liberal arts and sciences which fosters skills such as conceptual analysis, critical thinking, disciplined writing, creative problem-solving, ethical and moral reasoning, and strong leadership.

Experiential Learning
Students accepted into the Liberal Studies degree program may choose to apply for "Experiential Learning" credit (a maximum of (8) course-credits.) Such credit is awarded through a portfolio assessment process and may be granted for substantive learning that has occurred outside the classroom following high school graduation or completion of the GED.

Credit may be awarded in the following areas:

  • Employment
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Military Service
  • Noncredit Educational Experiences
  • Educational Travel

Students who wish to apply for "Experiential Learning" credit must complete the portfolio process within twelve months of matriculation into the Liberal Studies Major. "Experiential Learning" credits are only applicable to the Liberal Studies major at Framingham State University (these credits will be removed from the student's academic record should the student change their major).

Requirements for the major in Liberal Studies:

Requirements for the General Studies Concentration (ULIG):

  • 10 Concentration courses comprised of:

LIBS 250     Introduction to Research Methods

LIBS 450     Seminar in Liberal Studies

Eight (8) additional concentration courses, of which a minimum of six (6) course-credits must be completed at the advanced level (300-400), including LIBS 450 Seminar in Liberal Studies. Five (5) of the six (6) advanced level courses including the LIBS 450 Seminar in Liberal Studies must be completed at Framingham State University. A minimum cumulative grade point average if 2.00 for the 10 concentration courses is required in order to graduate.
 The list of Eight (8) concentration courses must be submitted for apporoval to the Liberal Studies Committee prior to starting the desired program. Any changes from the approved academic plan must be submitted to the Committee for approval prior to taking the course(s).

Residency requirement: a minimum of eight courses credits, including four advanced level concentration course credits and the Liberal Studies capstone course must be completed at Framingham State University.

Transfer Credits: A maximum of the equivalent of 24 course-credits (96 semester hours) may be transferred from regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Upon matriculation at Framingham State University, students must seek pre-approval from the Liberal Studies major program coordinator and approprate University department chair to complete coursework at another institution. Please note that coursework taken as transfer does not satisfy the program residency requirement.

Students seeking certification for certain professional programs (e.g. teacher or dietetic licensure) should consult an advisor, as the Liberal Studies Program may not be an appropriate route to those professions.

For additional information regarding the Liberal Studies major, please contact:

Day Division: Dr. Kelly Matthews, Liberal Studies Coordinator 
Evening Division: Dr. P. Bradley Nutting




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