Spalding Launches New Liberal Studies Program

Spalding University’s School of Liberal Studies will launch a new bachelor’s degree this fall. The Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies will be the fourth major offered in the School of Liberal studies and will afford students the opportunity to focus on two disciplines in the areas of art, creative writing, English, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, anthropology and history.

“Research predicts graduates will change their careers five times in the next twenty years. The new Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies major provides students with critical thinking, writing and communication skills to succeed in today’s rapidly changing and unpredictable marketplace,” says Patricia Dillon, Chair of the School of Liberal Studies.

According to Dillon, the degree breaks down the barriers between humanities and social sciences, preparing students for graduate school and careers in teaching, art therapy, business, law, healthcare and more. Courses within the program will explore the cultural and social contributions of the world’s civilizations and apply those concepts to contemporary global issues.

A foundational course within the major takes the concept of critical thinking beyond the workplace notion of problem solving to introduce students to the exercise of careful, informed and deliberate thought. This is further explored through annual departmental themes, such as peace and justice, diversity, and culture, which will appear throughout the curriculum, course projects and university sponsored lectures and events. Students will further expand their knowledge through a research methods course, senior seminar and internship program.

“Small classes with dedicated faculty mean that all students have opportunity to pursue individual interests while learning the concepts and skills employers expect,” says Lynnell Edwards, associate professor in the School of Liberal Studies “Our internship program matches students with pre-professional experiences that allow them to apply their classroom knowledge and challenges them to change the world.”