Explore your academic interests across multiple disciplines with a major in liberal arts and studies at Dean College.

In today’s ever-changing world, the ability to synthesize information and solve complex problems is in great demand. With a major in liberal arts and studies from Dean College, you’ll have the flexible mindset and broad perspective that employers prize. 

Program Overview

Take charge of your education, and design your own course of study. With a major in liberal arts and studies, you can customize your experience by choosing courses across the disciplines. 

Working closely with a faculty mentor, you’ll focus your coursework around a multidisciplinary or theme-based area of study. Examples include: American Studies; Women’s Studies; Race and Society; Arts and Social Change; and Family Studies.

Throughout your studies, you’ll draw on multiple disciplines and perspectives to develop a nuanced understanding of the world. You’ll develop a flexible mindset along with the power to think critically, solve problems, synthesize information and make decisions. And you’ll prepare to succeed, no matter what your future holds. 

Tracks 

In the Liberal Arts and Studies program, you will work with a faculty mentor and your success and career advisor to design your own track/area of specialization, focusing on a multidisciplinary and/or theme-based perspective and incorporating courses in the Dean College curriculum. Areas of specialization (tracks) include:

Family and Childhood Studies

The Family & Childhood Studies track emphasizes the study of the family. You will have the opportunity to learn about family development, relationships, dynamics, functioning, and health from multiple perspectives.You will examine the many cultural, community, and socioeconomic contexts in which families operate and study interventions used to support families. This track will prepare you for a career working with youth and families in various settings.  

Global Studies

Our world has become deeply interconnected, and global awareness is now essential to a wide array of careers including those in politics, business, tourism, education, and non-governmental organizations. The Global Studies track within the Liberal Arts and Studies major will prepare you for a career or graduate study with a global focus. 

Drawing upon a variety of disciplines, Global Studies encourages you to think through and compare the unique and universal aspects of world societies. You will have the opportunity to study the ongoing process of globalization, as well as its origins, development, and current impact.

Emphasizing hands-on experience, the program requires you to get to know at least one non-U.S. culture through a semester abroad, overseas study travel courses, or foreign language study.

Health and Society 

The Health and Society track will provides you with the opportunity to explore multiple perspectives from both the natural and social sciences on health, health care, and related systems and policies. You will build a foundation of knowledge in how the human body functions and the behaviors that impact health. You will also engage in a critical analysis of the social determinants of health and health behaviors of diverse populations, the distribution of health care, and the formulation of health-related policy. 

Human Services

The Human Services track explores the profession of human services practice from multiple perspectives across diverse sites with various service populations. It will introduce you to the basic skills and duties of human service practitioners. You will also have the opportunity to explore the lived experiences of social problems, and the history and development of human services fields. Additional focus will be placed on the ethical and evidence-based delivery of services to clients and consumers in a range of professional settings. 

Interdisciplinary / Individually Designed 

The Interdisciplinary option is designed for students who want to develop an individual program of study based on Dean College’s curriculum, with the flexibility of enrolling in courses across academic disciplines. It is an appropriate major for those who are interested in exploring a variety of academic disciplines and/or would like to take courses from a major without having to commit to completing all courses for the major.

Pre-Law 

According to the American Bar Association (ABA) no particular major is necessary to prepare for law school, but it’s essential to gain specific skills, knowledge, and experience. The Pre-Law track within the Liberal Arts and Studies major is designed to allow students to focus their studies on the ABA’s recommended “Core Skills, Values, Knowledge, and Experience”which include:

  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Reading
  • Writing and Editing 
  • Oral Communication and Listening
  • Research 
  • Organization and Management
  • Public Service and Promotion of Justice
  • Relationship-building and Collaboration
  • Background Knowledge in History, Politics, and Society 
  • Exposure to the Law 

As a student in the Pre-Law track, you will take foundational courses in U.S. History, American Government, and Criminal Procedure. You will build knowledge through further study in these or related disciplines. At the upper-division, you will gain exposure to legal studies through at least two applied law courses in business, sport management, arts management, or media law. You will also refine their critical reading, writing, editing, research, and problem solving skills by taking two upper-division English or History electives.  

Beyond the Classroom

At Dean College, some of the most important learning experiences happen outside the classroom. 

As a liberal arts and studies major, you’ll complete at least one comprehensive internship with an employer such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Campaign for Youth Justice, The Washington Center or an office on campus. 

When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to enter graduate or professional school or launch a rewarding career in any field. Our graduates go on to careers in business, communications, criminal justice, education, health care, human resources and many more. 

Uniquely Dean

What makes our Liberal Arts and Studies program best of breed? 

  • Practice your skills in a real-world environment
  • Learn from working professionals who visit campus to share their experiences and offer advice and counsel 

Degree Offerings

  • Bachelor's Degree*
    • Tracks
      • Family and Childhood Studies
      • Global Studies
      • Health and Society
      • Human Services
      • Individually Designed 
      • Pre-Law

*The course listings below are based on the Bachelor's Degree program.

Family and Childhood Studies

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 101, HIS 101, PSY 111, OR SOC 113 Introductory Course in the Liberal Arts 3
LAS 415 Critical Theory 3
LAS 495 Senior Capstone 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA EXPERIENCE ELE Dean Career Advantage Experience Courses 6
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
SOC 113 Introduction to Sociology 3
ENG 245, PSY 202, PSY 211, PSY 234, PSY 241, OR SOC 203 Lower-Division Family and Childhood Studies Electives 12
HIS 335, PSY 310, PSY 320, PSY 325, OR PSY 332 Upper-Division Family and Childhood Studies Electives 12
Total Credits 54

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 30
Total Credits 30

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2019-20

Global Studies

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 101, HIS 101, PSY 111, OR SOC 113 Introductory Course in the Liberal Arts 3
LAS 415 Critical Theory 3
LAS 495 Senior Capstone 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA EXPERIENCE ELE Dean Career Advantage Experience Courses 6
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
HIS 151 World History l, to 1500 3
HIS 152 World History ll, 1500-Present 3
HIS 313 Globalization in History 3
LOWER-DIVISION TRACK ELE Lower Division Global Studies Electives 9
UPPER-DIVISION TRACK ELE Upper-Division Global Studies Electives 9
Total Credits 51

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 30
Total Credits 30

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2019-20

Health and Society

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 101, HIS 101, PSY 111, OR SOC 113 Introductory Course in the Liberal Arts 3
LAS 415 Critical Theory 3
LAS 495 Senior Capstone 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA EXPERIENCE ELE Dean Career Advantage Experience Courses 6
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
BIO 171 Anatomy and Physiology l 4
BIO 172 Anatomy and Physiology ll 4
BIO 330 Molecular Genetics 3
SFL 234 Nutrition and Food Science 3
SOC 225 Health and Illness: A Sociological Perspective 3
SOC 255 Social Inequality and Stratification 3
SOC 345 Drugs and Society 3
PSY 320, PSY 325, OR PSY 336 Counseling Psychology, Professional Orientation to the Human Services, or Exercise Psychology 3
PSY 332 OR PSY 334 Personality or Brain and Behavior 3
Total Credits 53

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 30
Total Credits 30

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2019-20

Human Services

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 101, HIS 101, PSY 111, OR SOC 113 Introductory Course in the Liberal Arts 3
LAS 415 Critical Theory 3
LAS 495 Senior Capstone 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA EXPERIENCE ELE Dean Career Advantage Experience Courses 6
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
PSY 111 General Psychology 3
SOC 113 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 325 Professional Orientation to the Human Services 3
LOWER-DIVISION TRACK ELE Lower Division Human Services Electives 9
UPPER-DIVISION TRACK ELE Upper-Division Human Services Electives 9
Total Credits 51

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 30
Total Credits 30

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2019-20

Individually Designed

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 101, HIS 101, PSY 111, OR SOC 113 Introductory Course in the Liberal Arts 3
LAS 415 Critical Theory 3
LAS 495 Senior Capstone 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA EXPERIENCE ELE Dean Career Advantage Experience Courses 6
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
TRACK ELE Approved Lower-Division Electives 15
TRACK ELE Approved Upper-Division Electives 12
Total Credits 51

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 30
Total Credits 30

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2019-20

Pre-Law

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 101, HIS 101, PSY 111, OR SOC 113 Introductory Course in the Liberal Arts 3
LAS 415 Critical Theory 3
LAS 495 Senior Capstone 3
DCA 100 Campus Connections: Making the Transition 1
DCA 110 Career Connections: Developing Your Brand 1
DCA 200 Internship Connections: Creating Your Plan 1
DCA 300 The Internship Experience 3
DCA EXPERIENCE ELE Dean Career Advantage Experience Courses 6
DCA 350 Future Connections: Launching Your Career 3
CRM 231 Courts and Criminal Procedure 3
POL 211 American Government 3
HIS 112 U.S. History-1865 to Present 3
TRACK ELE Lower Division Pre-Law Electives 6
TRACK ELE Upper-Division Pre-Law Electives 6
WRITING INTENSIVE COURSES Upper-Division HIS or ENG Courses 6
Total Credits 51

Course Number Course Title Credits
ENG 111 Composition l 3
ENG 112 Composition ll 3
SPC 101 Communication Fundamentals 3
MATH ELECTIVE Core Mathematics Elective 3
LAB SCIENCE ELECTIVE Core Lab Science Elective 4
ARTS ELECTIVE Core Distribution Arts Elective 3
NATURAL SCIENCES AND MATH ELECTIVE Core Distribution Natural Sciences and Mathematics Elective 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Humanities Elective 3
SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVE Core Distribution Social Sciences Elective 3
COM 327 Applied Professional Communication 3
UDLA ELE Upper-Division Liberal Arts Electives 9
Total Credits 40

Course Number Course Title Credits
ELE Electives 30
Total Credits 30

* Subject to change
** Based on the Dean College Academic Catalog 2019-20