Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

A "liberal arts" education is a broad foundation in general areas of study in contrast to a highly specialized academic focus.  Maria College’s degree is distinguished by its alignment around the college's mission-- to provide caring and compassionate service to others. 

At Maria College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts consists of courses in philosophy, mathematics, religious studies, literature, art, sciences, and languages.  This program will prepare you for the world of work and/or advanced academic studies by developing and sharpening your skills in critical thinking and reasoning, by enhancing your ability to plan strategically and communicate effectively and in the process will ignite a passion for lifelong learning.

Its diversity of academic course offerings will provide you with a unique perspective of the world and will illuminate your role as a global citizen. You will be challenged to learn and think about ideas and beliefs that have guided human beings and shaped civilizations through the expression of art, language, mathematics and communication. 

The education you will receive will be broad and deep.  In addition, you will also select a concentration in either Communication or Government Studies.  These focused academic credits, in your selected field of study, will provide you with a rich and useful education with a solid grasp of government or communication concepts and practices, for career entry or continued study at the graduate level.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts is a multipurpose degree providing students the opportunity to pursue a well-rounded education by exploring courses in a wide range of content areas in the liberal arts.  A diverse liberal arts foundation is provided by a required core of 66 credits consisting of coursework in communication, social sciences, history, philosophy, religious studies, languages, mathematics and science, cultural studies, arts and humanities.  Students will select either communication studies or government studies as a 24-credit program concentration in order to explore a liberal arts specialization in greater depth and at the more advanced undergraduate level of learning.  The program also includes 30 credits of free electives that make the program flexible and transfer-friendly.  In keeping with Maria College’s institutional outcomes, the liberal arts degree will enable students to see education as more than just a means to employment but also as a lifelong pursuit and a source of enrichment. 

With the pace of economic change and global competition accelerating, the educational requirements for most jobs are increasing and becoming more demanding. The market is requiring more advanced levels of critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills, as well as the capacity for teamwork and ability to adapt to rapidly changing conditions.  In sampling various disciplines represented by the core requirements as well as the area of concentration, students will enhance these essential skills required in any employment they may seek.  An internship is built into the program’s capstone experience in the selected concentration field. This work experience with professional practitioners will enhance classroom learning thereby providing students a competitive edge when seeking employment. The program also provides a solid foundation for study at the graduate level.  A student enrolled in this program must achieve a minimum grade of C (73) in every course in the program concentration. 

Liberal Arts Core (66 credits):

Arts/Humanities (9 credits): ENG 200, ART or MUS elective, HUM elective
Communications/English (9 credits): ENG 103, ENG 111, ENG 211
Cultural Studies (6 credits): CUL 310, CUL 410
History (6 credits): HIS electives
Languages (9 credits): SPA 101, SPA 102, SPA 201; or GER 101, GER 102, GER 201
Philosophy (6 credits): PHI 101, PHI elective
Religious Studies (6 credits):  RES 201, RES elective
Science/Math (6 credits): MAT 106 or MAT 200, any BIO, CHE, PHY, or SCI elective
Social Sciences (9 credits): PSY100, SOC 101, ECO 100 or ECO 101

Concentration (select one, 24 credits):

Communication Studies
Course   Credits
ENG 310 Professional Writing 3
ENG 410 Technical and Professional Communication 3
COM 100 Intro to Organizational Communication 3
COM 300 Strategic Communication 3
COM 320 Social Media: Theory and Practice 3
COM 400 Internship in Communication Studies 6
COM 450 Capstone in Communication Studies 3
     
Government Studies
ENG 300 Advanced Composition               3
POL 101 The American Political System            3
POL 310 International Relations 3
POL 320 Constitutional Law 3
PSY 350 Research Methods (MAT 200 prerequisite)    3
POL 400 Internship in Government Studies 6
POL 450 Capstone in Government Studies    3
Summary
Free Electives (30 Credits);18 credits at any level;12 credits at the 300/400 level

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in multiple academic disciplines with more in-depth and more advanced knowledge in communication studies or government studies.
  • Apply analysis and critical thinking to a variety of written materials.
  • Effectively communicate using a variety of techniques, including writing and technology, for various discourse groups.
  • Access a variety of information resources (e.g. internet, library, databases), evaluate the quality of the information, and effectively use the information.
  • Solve problems and make decisions by analyzing various types of evidence and by using scientific and ethical reasoning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of the human experience through historical, psychological, sociological, and religious/philosophical perspectives.
  • Recognize, understand and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  • Develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  • Pursue realistic ideas about how to implement their knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals and societal needs.

LIBERAL ARTS ACADEMIC OVERVIEW

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts is a 120 credit program that includes a core of 67 required credits integrated with 24 credits in the selected communication or government studies concentration.  The program also includes 27 credits of free electives and 2 credits of the first-year experience. 

LIBERAL ARTS CONCENTRATION OPTIONS

Communication Studies

  • Professional Writing
  • Technical and Professional Communication
  • Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • Strategic Communication
  • Social Media: Theory and Practice
  • Internship in Communication Studies
  • Capstone in Communication Studies

Government Studies

  • Advanced Composition
  • The American Political System
  • International Relations
  • Constitutional Law
  • Research Methods
  • Internship in Government Studies
  • Capstone in Government Studies

INTERNSHIP—PROVIDING YOU A COMPETITIVE EDGE

An internship is built into the program’s capstone experience in the selected concentration field.  This work experience will enhance classroom learning thereby providing students a competitive edge when seeking employment. The program also provides a solid foundation for advanced study at the graduate level.

COURSE SEQUENCE

First Year: First Semester  
Course   Credits
ENG 111 Composition I 3
SPA 101 Spanish I or other lang. 3
RES Religious Studies elective 3
HUM 101 or 102 Intro. to Humanities I or II 3
PHI 101 Intro. to Philosophy 3
    15
First Year: Second Semester  
PSY 100 General Psychology 3
SOC 101 Intro. to Sociology 3
SPA 102 Spanish II or other language 3
ART/MUS Art or Music elective 3
ENG 211 Critical Inquiry and Writing 3
    15
Second Year: First Semester  
ENG 103 Speech and Oral Comm. 3
COM 100
or POL 101
Intro Organnization Comm.
or Amer. Political System
3
HIS History elective 3
SPA 201 Intermediate Spanish or other language 3
  Free Elective 3
    15
Second Year: Second Semester  
RES 201 Foundations in Social Justice 3
MAT 106
or MAT 200
College Algebra
or Statistics
3
PHI Philosophy elective 3
HIS History elective 3
  Free Electives 6
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Third Year: First Semester  
ENG 300
or ENG 310
Advanced Composition
or Professional Writing
3
CUL 310 Cultural Studies I 3
COM 300
or POL 310
Strategic Communication
or International Relations
3
ECO 100
or ECO 101
Macroeconomics
or Microeconomics
3
  Free Elective 3
    15
Third Year: Second Semester  
COM 320
or POL 320
Social Media: Theory and Practice
or Constitutional Law
3
CUL 410 Cultural Studies II 3
ENG 200 Exploring Literature 3
  Free Elective, 300/400 level 3
  Free Elective 3
    15
Fourth Year: First Semester  
ENG 410
or PSY 350
Tech. and Prof. Comm.
or Research Methods I
3
BIO/CHM/PHY/SCI Science Elective 3
  Free Electives, 300/400 6
  Free Elective 3
    15
Fourth Year: Second Semester  
COM 400
or POL 400
Internship in Communication
or Government Studies
6
COM 450
or POL 450
Capstone in Communication
or Government Studies
3
  Free Elective, 300/400 level 3
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