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This concentration offers the broadest education across all domains of knowledge with in-depth study in specific areas of interest. Liberal studies courses assist students in becoming independent lifelong learners with an ability to think critically and creatively about the social issues that influence their lives and their world. Students who do not declare a specialized major area of concentration are automatically included in the Liberal Studies area of concentration.
The Liberal Studies concentration allows students considerable freedom in designing their educational program and encourages students to be active agents in defining the parameters of their concentration. To this end, there are no set core courses for the Liberal Studies concentration. Each student, with an advisor, has maximum flexibility in shaping her or his course of study and meeting individual learning objectives. The Program recommends that students earn all 180-200 quarter units across a broad array of disciplines with 9-15 quarter units in each of the six Domains of Knowledge but no more than 39 units in any single Domain. The program faculty also recommends that students strive for a balance of upper and lower division learning in establishing their degree plans.
Students choosing the Liberal Studies concentration should work closely with their faculty advisors to develop a degree plan characterized by:
- Breadth across all domains of knowledge
- Depth of study in specific areas of interest
- Development of critical thinking, writing, and oral presentation skills
- Integration of theory and practice
- Independent study
- Cross-disciplinary approaches to issues of power relations, race, class, sex, gender, and diversity issues
For detailed curriculum and degree requirements, please visit the AULA catalog.