Jun 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

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Liberal Studies, B.A. or B.A.S.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program develops students’ disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in the social sciences, the humanities, cultural studies and environmental studies. The program prepares students for diverse professional paths, emphasizing skill development in critical thinking and problem-solving, communication, leadership and the ability to engage with change, diversity and complexity in society. Degree program concentrations in communication & media, environmental studies and social & cultural studies enable focused study on particular areas of interest. Students may also develop an individualized degree program by pairing concentrations or incorporating coursework from other disciplines to fit their experience, interests, and educational and professional goals.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Liberal Studies (B.A.S.) builds on a core of professional/technical coursework earned outside of Marylhurst. Students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or other technical degree, or have completed a body of at least 45 credits in a single professional/technical discipline, can apply up to 90 of those credits toward the B.A.S. degree. The major requirements are the same for the B.A. and the B.A.S.

Career Paths

Working across disciplines, students learn to ask questions, challenge assumptions and comprehend complexity, diversity and change in our environment, culture and society. Students learn to apply a rigorous and professionally relevant liberal arts education to become better thinkers, decision makers and leaders in a wide variety of careers or in further study. Degree program concentrations and an individualized degree plan option enable focused study to support students’ specific career goals. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies will be able to:

  1. Recognize and understand diverse scholarly perspectives, methodologies and approaches to the study of social, cultural and environmental change and justice.
  2. Critically analyze and synthesize knowledge, theories and analytical perspectives from multiple disciplines.
  3. Demonstrate advanced skills in interdisciplinary inquiry, writing and communication through the application of knowledge to scholarly, civic or professional pursuits. 

Summary of Degree Requirements

Major Requirements 60 credits

Marylhurst Core Requirements

Requirements satisfied within the major: 
Critical Reflection and Integrative Learning: MC 401 Senior Core Project

40 credits
General Electives 80 credits
Total credits required for degree 180 credits

Major Requirements

Coursework with a grade less than C- will not be applied toward any major requirement.

Concentration Courses - 24 credits

Major Electives - 24 credits

Any interdisciplinary and applied liberal studies (INT), environmental studies (ENV), communication and media (CMM), or social and cultural studies (SCS) course may be used to meet this requirement. With department approval, students may also utilize relevant transfer credit, credit from prior learning, or other courses relevant to the major. 

Total for the Degree - 60 credits

Communication & Media Concentration

A concentration in communication and media draws from the social sciences, communication, media studies and the humanities to develop knowledge and skill in modes of communication, media and their intersections. Students develop knowledge about communication strategies and the analytical skills essential for engaging effectively in society at all levels, ranging from interpersonal to global. The curriculum situates media, as key modes of communication, in their cultural, historical, social and political contexts. Key knowledge and skill development emphases include communication theory and practice, media literacy, critical thinking, creative problem solving, ethical advocacy and intercultural competence.

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Environmental Studies Concentration

A concentration in environmental studies draws from the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences to explore complex relationships between humans and the environment. The curriculum complements natural science learning and quantitative analytical skill development with a focus on policy and governance, social justice, sustainability, natural resources and consumption, and global environmental issues. Students will also explore the connections between science, technology, society and the environment. Through interdisciplinary learning and inquiry, students gain the skills and knowledge to apply the liberal arts to pressing environmental problems and solutions. 

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Social & Cultural Studies Concentration

A concentration in social and cultural studies draws from the social sciences and humanities to explore global society and culture in historical, political and economic context. The curriculum explores social institutions and relations, cultural practice, and social justice issues, and engages policy, politics and change in contemporary society and culture. Foundational knowledge in social science and cultural studies theories, methodologies and applications is complemented by skill development in problem-oriented critical thinking and communication in order to increase capacity to engage diversity and complexity, and create positive change. 

Choose 24 credits from the following courses: 

Individualized Concentration

Students design a degree program with areas of concentrated study working closely with their faculty mentor. Students plan a focused degree of their own definition that creates one to three integrated areas of study according to their interests, utilizes relevant transfer credit, and takes advantage of credit from prior learning. Individualized degree plans must be approved by the department. 

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