2011 – 2012
Office of Admissions
Emil H. Messikomer Hall
100 W. Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
Revised September 2011
151 Main Hall
610-436-1096 or 610-436-2327
Alice Speh, Director
144 Main Hall
Bruce Norris, Director
The liberal studies program offers student-designed, interdisciplinary majors that provide an alternative to traditional baccalaureate degrees in specific academic areas. The liberal studies majors are intended to broaden the student's intellectual understanding and professional skills through a well-rounded, yet flexible degree program that combines courses in the areas of science, humanities, behavioral science, and the arts. The result is a curriculum that is suited to the individual student's personal academic and career goals.
After completing at least 30 semester hours, and after achieving a minimum GPA of 2.00, the student may request an interview with the director of the appropriate program for the purpose of planning a curriculum in one of the available tracks. Students may enter the liberal studies program from other majors of the University, or as transfers from other colleges, by the same process and by meeting the same requirements. It is University policy that no student, whether currently enrolled at West Chester or attempting to be admitted from another university, is permitted to enroll in the liberal studies arts and sciences, and science and mathematics programs after earning 80 semester hours. There is no limit on semester hours for students entering the professional studies track.
Three separate baccalaureate programs are available. The bachelor of arts in liberal studies - arts and sciences is designed for students interested in a well-rounded education emphasizing courses in the liberal arts. The bachelor of science in liberal studies - science and mathematics allows students to pursue courses in four different scientific disciplines, while also incorporating liberal arts courses to create a broad curriculum. The bachelor of science in liberal studies - professional studies provides students the capability to design a career-centered curriculum that may not be available at the University. The course of study includes the student's selection of two academic minors, one of which must be a program offered by one of the four professional colleges (Business and Public Affairs, Education, Health Sciences, or Visual and Performing Arts).
120 semester hours
Students in the bachelor of arts track have the option of using up to six semester hours of their liberal electives as senior thesis (LST 490) credits. Interested students should consult with the program director well before earning 80 semester hours about procedures for pursuing the senior thesis.
120 semester hours
Students in the math and science track have the option of using up to six semester hours of their liberal studies electives as senior thesis (LST 490) credits. Interested students should consult with the program director well before earning 80 semester hours about procedures for pursuing the senior thesis.
120 semester hours
Minor A (minimum 18 semester hours)
Must be an academic minor offered by the colleges of Business and Public Affairs, Education, or Health Sciences, or the following minors from the College of Visual and Performing Arts: dance, jazz studies, music, or music history.
Minor B (minimum 18 semester hours)
Can be chosen from any academic minor offered.
490 Senior Thesis (3-6) Directed research in an interdisciplinary subject of the arts and sciences. For students in the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science tracks. PREREQ: Permission of the director of liberal studies.