The Liberal Studies Program provides students with an education in the Liberal Arts which is broad in scope, excellent in quality, and inclusive of the disciplines which are foundational for working with children, youths and community in social and educational settings. . Through the Bachelor’s of Science degree in Liberal Studies, we prepare future educators and community leaders who demonstrate ethical sensitivity, global awareness, and the critical thinking skills needed to evaluate “new” educational approaches in relation to relevant research. Our graduates have knowledge about and experience with children, are sensitive to their individuality, and will become strong and capable educational and community leaders. Faculty in our program are teaching scholars who model the kind of reason based, and yet compassionate and justice-oriented teaching we want our graduates to bring to children.
Student Learning Goals and Objectives
We will achieve the following goals as indicated by achievement of the objectives listed under each one.
- Graduates will have competency in the knowledge and disciplinary methods of all the areas of the Liberal Arts curriculum needed for being a liberally educated person.
- Objective 1: Graduates will possess an in-depth understanding of the content knowledge areas of a liberal arts education including: History, Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Performing / Fine Arts, and Health / Physical Education.
- Objective 2: Demonstrate the ability to seek, locate, analyze, evaluate and effectively use information from printed, media, Internet and verbal sources and integrate ideas from various sources, including courses in other disciplines, service learning, and life experiences
- Graduates will develop an understanding of the social, cultural, ethnic, abilities, and gender differences in today’s urban education and community settings so as to be able to apply social justice in their assessments of and responses to today’s community, familial, and educational environments.
- Objective 1: Graduates will possess a solid understanding of how demographic differences in race, class, gender, abilities, and economic status influence the academic achievement and motivation of students in elementary grades as well as in larger society.
- Objective 2: Graduates will engage in community-based service learning experiences to cultivate a commitment toward compassionate and socially just service to children, schools and communities.
- Graduates will demonstrate that they are excellent problem solvers who can use critical thinking and perseverance born of ethical concern to better the learning environments and experiences for children, youths and families in their classrooms, neighborhoods, communities and the world.
- Objective 1: Graduates will think critically and make well-reasoned decisions regarding to social and educational questions and contexts affecting children, youths and families.
- Objective 2: Graduates will be able to evaluate social and educational problems at several levels (e.g. classroom, school, community, global) and formulate logical and ethical strategies for handling ethical dilemmas in different kinds of social and educational contexts.