Students can tailor their academic plan by combining the LA Major with a Minor.
Drawing on the Mount's nearly one hundred years of excellence in teaching, the new Liberal Arts major is an experience that challenges students to explore intellectual interests and talents with the support of community on campus and beyond. Our community of faculty scholars from a variety of disciplines guide students as they mature into broadly educated writers, speakers and learners prepared to embrace the diverse opportunities of twenty-first century life, work and service.
The Liberal Arts major combines the fundamental disciplines of English, history, religious studies and philosophy into an intellectual program that enables students to develop research, writing and critical thinking skills. This interdisciplinary degree includes:
- Upper-level, seminar courses and individualized research experiences
- Flexibility in course offerings for easy acquisition of general requirements and chosen electives, as well as co-op experiences
- Group of faculty from a variety of academic disciplines alongside a diverse group of fellow students
- A tailored academic plan that allows students to combine the LA major with one of our many minors.
The Liberal Arts major is also listed as a popular choice among adult students as it provides a customizable curriculum applicable to a specific career path with flexible scheduling options, and it works as a great segue into graduate programs like a Master of Business Administration. Whether an adult student is looking to finish a degree, enhance his or her education, or change careers, our programs provide flexible learning formats, strong career outlooks, and preparation for graduate school to meet future goals.
According to a recent article in Fortune magazine, "Employer surveys confirm, year after year, that the skills employers value most in the new graduates they hire are not technical, job-specific skills, but written and oral communication, problem-solving and critical thinking," the very skills and habits of mind the Liberal Arts major develops.
One or more cooperative education placements enables students to test their skills in a professional environment and gain work experience that will be attractive to employers upon graduation. Liberal Arts students with minors in English or history take education courses and student-teach as they pursue careers in secondary education under the guidance of faculty from the Liberal Arts and Education Departments.
Liberal Arts FAQs
What career options will this degree open up for me? What if I want to teach high school English or History?
The Liberal Arts program can be concentrated with one of these minors:
- English Minor
- History Minor
- Creative Writing Minor
- Religious Studies Minor
- American Studies Minor
- Catholic Studies Minor
- Ethics Minor
- Philosophy Minor
- Legal Studies Minor
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Elizabeth Bookser Barkley
Department of Liberal Arts Chair, Professor of English
Elizabeth Taryn Mason
Program Director of Religious/Pastoral Studies, Associate Professor
Assistant Professor of Religious & Pastoral Studies
Dean of Arts & Humanities, Associate Professor
Peter M. Robinson