Department of Liberal and Professional Studies

School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies

B.A. in Liberal Studies - Arts and Humanities
B.S. in Liberal Studies - Science and Mathematics

151 Main Hall
610-436-1096 or 610-436-2327
Department of Liberal Studies
Alice Speh, Director

B.S. in Liberal Studies - Professional Studies

144 Main Hall
Department of Liberal Studies
Bruce Norris, Director

The Liberal Studies program offers student-designed, interdisciplinary majors that provide an alternative to traditional baccalaureate degrees in specific academic areas. The Liberal Studies majors are intended to broaden the student's intellectual understanding and professional skills through a well-rounded, yet flexible degree program that combines courses in the areas of science, humanities, behavioral science, and the arts. The result is a curriculum that is suited to the individual student's personal academic and career goals.

After completing at least 30 credits, and after achieving a minimum GPA of 2.00, the student may request an interview with the director of the appropriate program for the purpose of planning a curriculum in one of the available tracks. Students may enter the Liberal Studies program from other majors of the University, or as transfers from other colleges, by the same process and by meeting the same requirements. It is University policy that no student, whether currently enrolled at West Chester or attempting to be admitted from another university, is permitted to enroll in the liberal studies arts and sciences, and science and mathematics programs after earning 80 credits. There is no limit on semester hours for students entering the professional studies track.

Three separate baccalaureate programs are available. The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies - Arts and Humanities is designed for students interested in a well-rounded education emphasizing courses in the liberal arts. The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies - Science and Mathematics allows students to pursue courses in four different scientific disciplines, while also incorporating liberal arts courses to create a broad curriculum. The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies - Professional Studies provides students the capability to design a career-centered curriculum that may not be available at the University. The course of study includes the student's selection of two academic minors, one of which must be a program offered by one of the four professional colleges (Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, or Arts and Humanities).

A minor in Youth Empowerment and Urban Studies also is available. See the curriculum listed under Interdisciplinary Studies.

All undergraduate students are held to the academic policies and procedures outlined in the undergraduate catalog.  Students are encouraged to review departmental handbooks for program tips, suggested course sequences, and explanations of procedures. When applicable, additional policies for specific department programs may be listed below.


LST 490. Senior Thesis. 3-6 Credits.

Directed research in an interdisciplinary subject of the arts and sciences. For students in the bachelor of arts tracks.
Consent: Permission of the Department required to add.