Liberal Studies at UM-Dearborn is intended for students who wish to customize their degree program to fit their own interests and aspirations.

Students create their own curriculum path, choosing three individual areas of focus, or minors, instead of a traditional major. Students may further customize their degree by enrolling in internships or cooperative education. Liberal Studies leads to an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, depending on the areas of focus selected.

Aside from giving students the opportunity to build an individualized program suited to their own personal and/or career goals, Liberal Studies can also provide an excellent foundation for graduate and professional education in many areas, including law, business, public administration, counseling, and social work.

More about Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies includes all the academic programs—interdisciplinary as well as disciplinary—in CASL, plus the programs in the College of Business and Computer and Information Science from the College of Engineering and Computer Science. An advisory committee of faculty and staff oversees the program.

  • Program Goals
    1. Be able to think critically across disciplinary lines and demonstrate a creative breadth of knowledge drawn from diverse perspectives.
    2. Be able to demonstrate fundamental knowledge of each chosen focus area.
    3. Be able to take responsibility for life-long educational and career planning which integrates varied approaches in education and a multidisciplinary curriculum.
    4. Be able to compare and contrast related concepts.

Degree Requirements & Areas of Focus

Learn more about CASL Degree Requirements.

Liberal Studies students must select three areas of focus. Areas of focus are divided into three groups:

  • Group I—CASL Single-disciplinary Areas

    (12 hours at the upper level required in each area chosen. You may choose one, two, or all three areas of focus from Group I.)

    Anthropology, Applied Statistics, Art History, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Chemistry,   Comparative Literature, Computer and Computational Math, Economics, English, Environmental Science, French Studies, Geology, German, Hispanic Studies, History, Humanities, Linguistics, Mathematics, Microbiology, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Group II—CASL Multidisciplinary Areas

    (15 hours required at the upper level in each area chosen. You may choose one, two, or all three areas of focus from Group II.)

    African and African American Studies, Communications, Criminal Justice Studies, Earth Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Health Policy Studies, Law and Society, Leadership & Communication in Organizations, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Organizational Change in a Global Environment, Religious Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Social Science Research Methodology, Society and Technological Change, Urban and Regional Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies

  • Group III—Areas Outside of CASL

    (You may choose only one area of focus from Group III. Each area requires 12 or 15 hours at the upper level; however, some also require lower-level prerequisites. See a CASL advisor for details.)

    Accounting, Computer and Information Science, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing

Student Services & Facilities

Specialized services and facilities available to Liberal Studies students will depend on their chosen areas of focus. Liberal Studies students are especially encouraged to consult regularly with their academic advisor in CASL Records and Advising to make sure they are planning their program efficiently and effectively.

Internship, Co-op, and Research Opportunities

  • Internships & Co-Ops

    Liberal Studies students, like other CASL students in traditional majors, have the opportunity to gain valuable real-world on-the-job training through paid Cooperative Education Placements or by doing unpaid internships. Co-op placements and internships help student make informed decisions about their future careers, provide them with a means of acquiring valuable work-related skills, and give them a way of improving their marketability.

  • Research Opportunities

    Liberal Studies students may pursue opportunities for conducting independent study or research under the direction of a faculty member in most disciplines. See a CASL advisor for more information about these opportunities, or talk with a faculty member in the area you wish to conduct independent research.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Liberal Studies students become involved in many of UM-Dearborn’s student clubs and organizations, including those focused on career interests. For a full listing, see the Office for Student Engagement's Directory of Student Organizations.

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