Liberal Arts Program
About the Liberal Arts Major
The Liberal Arts Major is a good fit for the student interested in a variety of academic fields and who craves the intellectual challenge of a major that will foster independence, further develop critical and creative thinking and communication skills, and offer opportunity to learn outside the classroom. Upon completing this major, students will be able to:
- Understand the diversity of disciplinary perspectives and relationships across diverse fields of knowledge;
- Identify and formulate multidisciplinary research questions based on key concepts, literature, practices, and issues of their areas of concentration;
- Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills that relate their academic knowledge to civic engagement and issues in their communities;
- Conduct research that evaluates and employs primary and secondary resources effectively, using appropriate disciplinary conventions for citation and documentation; and,
- Develop, write, and present original analyses in clear, grammatical prose.
What you will learn
As a Liberal Arts major, you will take two core courses (6 credits) plus a concentration in the Humanities (15 credits) and a concentration in the Social Sciences (15 credits). In addition, you will complete all General Education and Bachelor of Arts (College of Arts & Sciences) degree requirements. As you complete classes, you will develop...
- an ability to learn beyond college as you discover how to find information in different disciplines and analyze, interpret, and make connections between those diverse fields of knowledge
- an ability to discover and fill gaps in your knowledge by identifying issues and formulating multidisciplinary research questions as you learn to review discipline-based literature and existing practice in your areas of concentration
- an ability to think critically and communicate well by relating academic knowledge to civic engagement and issues in your community
- an understanding of research methods and the ability to evaluate and employ primary and secondary sources
- an ability to analyze and interpret information and present your own original analyses in clear, grammatical, properly documented prose
With these skills, you will graduate capable of fulfilling the top three expectations of the new college-educated employee: strong communication abilities (oral and written), ability to assess a situation well and develop a course of action, and an ability to work independently.
How you will learn
Another benefit of the LAR major is our new initiative to bring classes to you using the latest technology. You can study in the classroom, you can study online, or you can take blended classes that incorporate the best techniques from both face-to-face and online learning. In blended classes, the class is organized using online software and much of your work is done in an asynchronous manner (on your time, not ours), but you also meet periodically in a classroom so that you can get to know the professor and other students while performing learning tasks more conducive to a traditional classroom. How do LAR students benefit? From the latest research in college learning, from the use of the latest teaching technology, and from scheduling flexibility afforded by these classes. Although many of your classes will remain in the traditional classroom, you will also enjoy new opportunities for learning.
What comes afterwards
With your degree, you may successfully find.....
- a career in business...employers are more interested in employees who can think than in employees who have learned specific course material. You can teach someone how to keep accounts, but you can’t easily teach them to make good decisions.
- a career in Human Services...employers who work with the public seek out employees who have experience with the vast variety of cultures in this country and globally.
- a career in many of the fields included in the LAR major: for example, museums (art history), newspaper reporting (English), politics (Political Science), public policy (Policy Studies), social work (sociology), court advocate (Crime and Justice Studies), and much more.
- acceptance to law or medical school....or entry into graduate school in almost any field
- and so much more...
Please note: The UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate General Catalog for the year you entered the university is your guiding document. When you have questions regarding a policy, please consult the catalog and speak with your faculty advisor or the Director of the Liberal Arts major.