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    The Liberal Arts Program

    • Participate in an academic community where young women and men learn and develop skills that prepare them for success in both their personal and professional lives.
    • Work with a committed faculty who focus on student success.
    • Design an individualized plan of studies with the guidance of a skilled faculty advisor.
    • Complete a research project directed by two faculty members which results in strengthened critical thinking and writing skills.
    • Work in a variety of fields including education, communication, environmental science, business, hospitality, sports, social science, and government.
    • Pursue professional health studies in medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, physical therapy and nursing.
    • Pursue graduate studies in such areas as education, public health rehabilitative science, biology, history and architecture.

    Completing a liberal arts major at Saint Vincent College will enable students to:

    • Integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the major; that is, the minor, concentration and required liberal arts courses.
    • Acquire strong information literacy skills.
    • Develop public speaking skills.
    • Enhance competency in written communication.
    • Think critically and analytically.

    Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts

    Liberal Arts Major Requirements (61 credits):
    Physics* - 4 credits
    Fine Arts * - 3 credits
    Upper-Level Writing Course** - 3 credits
    AN 101   Introduction to Anthropology*
    AN 222   Cultural Anthropology* - 3 credits
    PY 100   Introduction to Psychological Science** - 3 credits
    LA 200   Methods and Techniques of Research - 3 credits
    LA 250   Seminar:  Readings for Liberal Arts Majors - 3 credits
    LA 325   Senior Seminar for Liberal Arts Majors - 3 credits
    Concentration*** - 18 credits
    Minor*** - 18 credits
    Total - 61 credits

    *These are specific requirements for the major and do not satisfy the core.
    **A major requirement which will satisfy the core.
    ***A maximum of six credits from the concentration and/or minor may be used to fulfill core curriculum requirements.

    The Concentration
    In consultation with the faculty advisor, the Liberal Arts major will design a concentration. The 18-credit concentration may be achieved in one or two ways: vertical or horizontal. The vertical concentration is defined by an existing traditional academic discipline such as history, modern language, sociology or biology. In selecting a vertical concentration, the student may include only one introductory or survey level course, i.e., SO 101 Introduction to Sociology. A horizontal concentration is interdisciplinary. As with the vertical concentration, the student may only include one introductory or survey level course in the horizontal concentration.

    The student, with the guidance of the faculty advisor, identifies the form of the concentration and the courses which will comprise it. The theme and form of the concentration is determined in the fall semester of the junior year.

    In addition to the self-designed option, the student may choose to fulfill the requirement by completing one of the following suggested concentrations: Quantitative Studies, Media Studies, Business Studies, Cultural Studies and American Studies.  

    Cultural Studies
    Modern Language 300 level courses - 6 credits
    History (200 level that corresponds to the language) - 3 credits
    AN 328   Linguistic Anthropology - 3 credits
    EL 138     Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States - 3 credits
    TH 380   World Religions - 3 credits
    Total - 18 credits

    American Studies
    HI 106    Topics in U.S. History to 1865
    HI 107    Topics in U.S. History since 1865 - 3 credits
    EL 131    American Literature:  Exploration to Civil War
    EL 132    American Literature:  Civil War to Present - 3 credits
    TH 362  Religion in America - 3 credits
    SO 200  Race and Ethnicity - 3 credits
    PS 290   Institutions - 3 credits
    PL 216   Ethical Problems - 3 credits
    Total - 18 credits

    Quantitative Studies
    MA 109   Calculus I - 4 credits
    MA 110   Calculus II - 4 credits
    PY 203   Statistics I - 3 credits
    PY 204   Statistics II - 3 credits

    Select one of the following:
    PH 112 and PH 114 General Physics II and Lab - 4 credits
    BL 152 and BL 153 General Biology II and Lab - 4 credits
    CH 102 and CH 104 General Chemistry II and Lab - 4 credits
    Total - 18 credits

    Media Studies
    CA 100   Introduction to Mass Media - 3 credits
    CA 130   Introduction to Digital Media - 3 credits
    CA 235   Introduction to Web Design - 3 credits
    CA285   Electronic Media - 3 credits
    CA 230  Writing for Media - 3 credits
    EL 108   Technical Writing - 3 credits
        Total - 18 credits

    Business Studies
    BA 100   Financial Accounting I - 3 credits
    BA 101   Financial Accounting II - 3 credits
    BA 104   Introduction to Management - 3 credits
    EC 101   Principles of Microeconomics
    EC 102   Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 credits
    BA 305   Business Ethics - 3 credits
    BA 320   Corporation Finance I - 3 credits
    Total - 18 credits

    Pre-Health Studies
    CH 101-104   General Chemistry I and II & lab - 8 credits
    MA 109            Calculus I - 4 credits
    CH 221-224   Organic Chemistry I and II & lab - 8 credits
    PH111-114     General Physics I and II & lab - 8 credits
    Total - 28 credits

    Students who select this concentration must fulfill the requirements for a biology minor.