Liberal Studies

West Chester University

Dr. Alice Speh, Program Director, Liberal Studies
Main Hall Room 150 & 151
610-436-2327
for appointments call Liz Calderaro
610-436-1096


Liberal Studies Degree Programs

B.A. in Liberal Studies, Arts & Sciences
B.S. in Liberal Studies, Math & Science

Dr. Alice Speh, Program Director
Main Hall Room 150 & 151
610-436-2327
for appointments call Liz Calderaro
610-436-1096

B.S. in Liberal Studies, Professional Studies

Professor Bruce Norris, Program Director
Main Hall Room 144
610-436-3548
Fax: 610-430-5649
bnorris@wcupa.edu


The program offers three degree tracks designed to suit a wide range of academic and professional interests. For information on the Professional Studies program, please refer to their website. Click here to be redirected.

The Arts & Sciences curriculum leads to a B.A. degree and is for those of you who seek a broad-based liberal arts education which allows you to take a wide range of classes in the arts, sciences, humanities, behavioral and social sciences, foreign languages, writing, and mathematics. Within the course requirements outlined below, students must complete at least one minor (usually 18 semester hours) in a department within the College of Arts and Sciences, or in Political Science, Geography, Economics or Music.

The B.S. program in Math and Science prepares you for careers that combine the sciences with liberal arts fields, such as the humanities art, literature, history, to name a few) or social and behavioral sciences. This is the degree for students who have a strong interest in science, yet also wish to take courses in non-science areas. A graduate of the Math and Science program might, for instance, minor in both biology and technical writing, with plans to become a medical editor in the future. Within the course requirements outlined below, students must complete at least one minor in the science of their choice.

Here's how course requirements beyond General Education stack up, for both degree plans:

SEMESTER HOURS
Degree BA* BS*
Track Arts & Sciences Math & Science
Courses (any level)
Science 6 32
Behavioral/Social Sciences 6 6
Humanities 6 6
The Arts 6 3
Foreign Language** 12 ---
Liberal Studies Electives (300-400 level) 30 20
Free Electives Depends on date of entry to WCU
Minor Requirement: Both tracks must complete at least one minor. B.A. students select among arts and sciences subjects (as above), and B.S. students will complete a minor in one of the sciences.
NOTE: Not all WCU minors may be used for the Liberal Studies program. Please contact an advisor for a list of accepted minors.
* A math course higher than MAT 103 is required for both degree tracks.
** Culture Cluster courses are NOT substitutable for foreign language classes in the major.