Liberal Arts BA

A liberal arts degree gives you a foundation of knowledge and critical skills that will help you succeed in a wide range of careers.

Liberal Arts BA

A bachelor’s degree in liberal arts takes a broad view, exposing you to courses in philosophy, mathematics, religious studies, literature, arts, sciences, and languages. Maria’s BA adds another key component. In keeping with our mission and that of the Sisters of Mercy, a Maria degree also emphasizes caring, compassionate service to others.

Your Maria program of study will provide a unique perspective of the world and 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 for ages. You also will develop the critical thinking, strategic planning, and communication skills that will be instrumental in preparing you for an ever-evolving workplace

Choose from two concentrations

To complement your liberal arts background, you will choose a concentration in either Communication Studies or Government Studies. Both provide practical experience to prepare you for a career or continued study at the graduate level.

Communication Studies.

Develop sought-after communication skills and prepare for careers in digital and new media, marketing, public relations, advertising, TV, film, and journalism. You’ll also study organizational communication, strategic communication, and technical and professional communication, all of which have applications in virtually every industry.

Government Studies.

Lay the foundation for careers in federal, state, or local government, or in business or nonprofit organizations. You’ll take classes in advanced composition, the American political system, international relations, and constitutional law—excellent preparation for advanced study in pre-law, public policy, history, and political science. 

An internship experience
To gain real-world experience and a competitive edge, you also will complete an internship in your chosen concentration. New York’s Capital Region is a hub of government and communication activity, and Maria will work with you to find a good match for your interests and strengths.

Contact our admissions office today to find out more about the courses we offer.

  • 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.
  • Course Overview

    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

    Free Electives (30 credits)

       

    18 credits at any level

       

    12 credits at the 300/400 level

  • Course Sequence

    First Year: First Semester

    Course

     

    Credits

    ENG 111

    Composition I

    3

    HUM 101

    or 102

    Intro to Humanities I

    Intro to Humanities II

    3

    PHI 101           

    Intro to Philosophy

    3

    SPA 101

    Spanish I or other language

    3

    RES

    Religious Studies Elective

    3

       

    15

    First Year: Second Semester

    ENG 211

    Critical Inquiry and Writing

    3

    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

       

    15

    Second Year: Second Semester                   

    COM 100

    or POL 101

    Intro Organizational Comm. or The American Political System

    3

    ENG  103

    Speech and Oral Comm.

    3

    SPA 201

    Intermediate Spanish or

    other language

    3

    HIS

    History Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    15

    Second Year: Second Semester

    MAT 106

    or MAT 200

    Intro to Algebra or Statistics

    3

    RES 201  

    Foundations in Social Justice

    3

    PHI

    Philosophy Elective

    3

    HIS

    History Elective

    3

     

    Free Elective

    6

       

    18

    Third Year: First Semester                   

    COM 300

    or POL 310

    Strategic Communication or International Relations

    3

    CUL 310

    Cultural Studies I

    3

    ECO 100

    or ECO 101

    Macroeconomics or Microeconomics

    3

    ENG 300

    or ENG 310

    Advanced Composition or Professional Writing

    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

    Technical and Professional or Communications Research Methods I       

    3

     

    BIO/CHM/PHY/SCI Elective

    3

     

    Free Electives, 300/400 level

    6

     

    Free Elective

    3

       

    15

    Fourth Year: Second Semester                   

    COM 400

    or POL 400

    Internship in Communication Studies or Government Studies

    6

    COM 450

    or POL 450

    Capstone in Communication Studies or Government Studies

    3

     

    Free Elective, 300/400 level

    3

       

    12

  • Articulation Agreement
    • Fulton-Montgomery Community College graduates with AS in Liberal Arts and Sciences: General Studies to BA in Liberal Arts at Maria College
Maria Stories

Jenni Mullet, Liberal Arts student at Maria College, credits the program for strengthening her critical thinking skills to help her make a difference in the world.