The program offers students the opportunity to devise an approved, coherent program of study fulfilling both academic goals and career objectives. Since the program is student-designed, course selection will vary by student. There are also specific areas with suggested plans of study (such as Arts Management, Library and Information Sciences, and Pre-Law) prepared for areas of popular interest. The program combines educational opportunities with certificates and opportunities to provide you with career-ready essential skills. Students can choose between the 65-credit large plan and 45-credit small plan (requires second major or minor).
Likely Career Paths
Because they plan a career-focused degree path, Liberal Studies students can pursue the career they want, including: editor, researcher, entry-level management, social services, para-professional, librarian, policy analyst, minister, public relations personnel, urban planner, city manager, legislative assistant, training specialist, medical communications, archivist, museum manager, civil servant, journalist, hospitality administrator, non-profit leader, organizational director, operations manager, and more. The program can also serve as excellent preparation for graduate or law school.
- Students transferring credits of one of the more vocationally-based (AA, AAS-T, AAA, AFA, AAAS, etc.) degree programs have each transcript individually evaluated to fit their academic goals and career objectives. Our goal is to remove as many obstacles as possible in their various pathways to a career in the shortest timeframe possible. Time to completion will vary on the number of core general education and overall courses that transfer with the student.
- Courses transferring in as well as those taken at CWU must have grades of C- or better, with no more than 15 credits coming from 100/200-level courses. Additionally, Liberal Studies majors must maintain a minimum 2.4 GPA in the major to graduate.
- The program welcomes 300/400-level transfer courses that support program goals and career objectives from accredited institutions nationwide.
- Any Washington state DTA (Direct Transfer Agreement) degree will satisfy all general education requirements.
- Major requirements may change over time; students will be expected to meet the catalog requirements in place at the time they are admitted to the major. Current catalog: https://catalog.acalog.cwu.edu/