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Liberal Studies

WHY PUT LIMITS ON YOUR COLLEGE EDUCATION?
In the School of Liberal Studies you will have opportunities to:

  • Study history, writing, literature, anthropology, religious studies, art, philosophy and more.
  • Use your interdisciplinary knowledge to develop innovative approaches to contemporary global issues.
  • Engage your creative intellect.
  • Explore many different cultures for example, through field work and film studies.
  • Think imaginatively, originally, and unconventionally.

Interdisciplinary Humanities Degree

A degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities offers the appropriate background to pursue a career in the fine arts, art therapy (with a psychology minor), education, editing, marketing, law, medicine (with the appropriate science courses), church work and, if you would like to pursue graduate study in any one discipline, enough courses can be taken to fulfill admission requirements of graduate programs. In fact, your interdisciplinary perspective would give you an edge over other applicants seeking scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships. Faculty advisors work closely with you as you choose your courses, choose an internship site, and plan your future.

The degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities focuses on ideas and subjects drawn from art, linguistics, literature, philosophy and religion. It is designed to develop and enhance creativity, understanding and insights in all of these disciplines by emphasizing:

  • Interrelations among cultural practices
  • A global approach to thinking about culture
  • Conceptual, methodological and problem-solving abilities
  • Research skills
  • Adaptability, flexibility, creativity

Through a first-year and a final-year seminar, a required internship that best reflects your career aspirations, and the study of annually designated topics examined from each disciplinary perspective, majors develop the capacity to integrate knowledge across disciplines, an ability that increases self-confidence and a sense of purpose in all areas of your life.

Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Degree

Explore the cultural and social contributions of world civilizations to contemporary global issues with a degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies. This new interdisciplinary major allows you to focus on two disciplines of study to achieve  greater understanding by breaking down the barriers between the arts and sciences.  This degree offers the appropriate background to pursue a career in fine arts, art therapy (with a psychology minor), education, editing, marketing, among other fields. Students also find themselves prepared for graduate study.

With a degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies, you combine courses in two of the following areas of study: art, creative writing, English, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, anthropology and history. The program is designed to develop and enhance creativity, understanding and insights across disciplines by emphasizing:

  • Adaptability, flexibility and an appreciation of diverse perspectives
  • Understanding of the interrelations among cultural and social practices
  • Problem solving, critical thinking and exceptional research skills

Through a first-year and a final-year seminar, a required internship that best reflects your career aspirations, a research methods course that provides preparation for your capstone project, and the study of annually designated topics examined from each disciplinary perspective, majors develop the capacity to integrate knowledge across disciplines, an ability that increases self-confidence and a sense of purpose in all areas of your life.

Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Degree

The degree provides the self-enrichment and cross-cultural understanding important for students seeking careers in such professions as law, business, education, criminal justice, social work, politics, and public administration. For those wishing to pursue advanced study in one discipline, enough courses can be taken to be admitted to graduate school. In fact, your interdisciplinary perspective would give you the edge over other applicants seeking admission, scholarships, and assistantships. Faculty advisors work closely with you as you select your courses, choose your internship site, and plan your future.

The degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences integrates the disciplines of anthropology, history, sociology, and psychology, offering in-depth study of cultural issues, historical circumstances, and psychological welfare as they relate to contemporary societies.

Upon graduation, you will have developed:

  • Strong conceptual, methodological and problem-solving abilities
  • Exceptional research skills
  • A capacity for adaptability, flexibility, and creativity

Through a first-year and a final-year integrating seminar, a required internship at a site that best reflects your career aspirations, and the study of annually designated topics examined from each disciplinary perspective, you will develop the capacity to integrate knowledge across disciplines, an ability that increases self-confidence and a sense of purpose in all areas of your life.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Students graduating with the interdisciplinary BFA in Creative Writing can pursue a variety of meaningful careers.  They will be accomplished writers, readers, and creativecritical thinkers – and these skills are prized in diverse settings such as corporate offices, private foundations, city government, museums and nonprofit organizations that depend on sharp thinkers and excellent writers.

Spalding’s BFA is for both traditional and non-traditional students who want to pursue their passion for writing in a context grounded in the rich cultural, historical, and natural resources of Louisville and the region and that reaches far beyond.  In addition to faculty mentors, students have the opportunity to study with two writers-in-residence annually, who have regional or national reputations.  BFA students also may work on the program’s annual literary journal, WORD HOTEL, and participate in our monthly reading salon at Hillbilly Tea.

The interdisciplinary BFA in creative writing is a studio degree in the art of writing.  Your program of study includes:

  • workshops in every genre
  • courses in literature (including plays and films)
  • introductory and capstone courses that stress interdisciplinarity
  • an Internship, in which you investigate possible jobs, and
  • a creative thesis

In addition, you will take electives across disciplines of your choice, which could range from art to psychology to communications and many more – the decision is up to you.

All of your studies and related activities help you develop an advanced level of competence in writing and in the exercise of the creative intellect.  You’ll emerge from our program ready to enter the job market or graduate school.

For more information or to schedule a campus tour, call (502) 585-7111 or toll free at (800) 896-8941, ext 7111 or email us at admissions@spalding.edu.