UMass Dartmouth's liberal arts major offers an intellectual challenge, encouraging you to pursue your interests across a variety of academic fields.

You'll develop your creativity, critical thinking skills, and sense of independence while you explore concentrations across the humanities, social sciences, and interdisciplinary programs:

  • the humanities: art history, English, foreign languages, history, philosophy
  • the social sciences: anthropology, economics, political science, policy studies, sociology, women's and gender studies
  • interdisciplinary programs: sustainability, urban studies, women's and gender studies

Recent studies have shown that a liberal arts major provides a strong foundation for professional careers and scholarly work. You'll develop the qualities that future employers prize most: strong communication skills, the ability to assess a situation and develop a course of action, and the confidence to work independently.

As a liberal arts major, you will design your own interdisciplinary path as you choose two concentrations and bring them together to create new ways of seeing, knowing, and expressing your academic and research interests.

Liberal arts majors find careers in business, communications, education, government, human resources, museums, non-profit organizations, public policy, and social work. You'll be prepared for graduate study in the fields you'll explore as you select your liberal arts concentrations.

We also offer teacher preparation for students who are interested in teaching at the middle or high school level. Learn more about teacher preparation

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Online & Continuing Education at UMass Dartmouth offers a liberal arts degree online

You can choose concentrations in English literature, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, or women's and gender studies. You'll complete 36 credit hours in courses related to your major and 120 credit hours overall.


Shari Evans

Associate Professor / Director, Liberal Arts Major
Liberal Arts 323