The Bachelor of Arts 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.
Students accepted into the Liberal Studies degree program may choose to apply for Experiential Learning credit (a maximum of eight (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:
- Community Service
- Independent Learning
- 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:
- 12 General Education course-credits including one laboratory science and one constitution course.
- 10 Open Elective course-credits. A maximum of eight (8) course-credits may be applied toward free electives from “Experiential Learning” credits.
Requirements for the General Studies Concentration (ULIG):
- 10 Concentration course-credits comprised of:
LIBS 250 Introduction to Research Methods
LIBS 450 Seminar in Liberal Studies
and 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 of 2.00 for the 10 concentration courses is required in order to graduate.
The list of eight (8) concentration courses must submitted for approval 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
Residency Requirement: a minimum of eight (8) course credits, including four (4) 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 appropriate 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 further information regarding the Liberal Studies major, please contact:
Dr. Kelly Matthews, Liberal Studies Coordinator in the Day Division:
Evening Program: Dr. P.Bradley Nutting