Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

A "liberal arts" education is a broad foundation in general areas of study in contrast to a highly specialized academic focus.  Maria College’s degree is distinguished by its alignment around the college's mission-- to provide caring and compassionate service to others. 

At Maria College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts consists of courses in philosophy, mathematics, religious studies, literature, art, sciences, and languages.  This program will prepare you for the world of work and/or advanced academic studies by developing and sharpening your skills in critical thinking and reasoning, by enhancing your ability to plan strategically and communicate effectively and in the process will ignite a passion for lifelong learning.

Its diversity of academic course offerings will provide you with a unique perspective of the world and will illuminate your role as a global citizen. You will be challenged to learn and think about ideas and beliefs that have guided human beings and shaped civilizations through the expression of art, language, mathematics and communication. 

The education you will receive will be broad and deep.  In addition, you will also select a concentration in either Communication or Government Studies.  These focused academic credits, in your selected field of study, will provide you with a rich and useful education with a solid grasp of government or communication concepts and practices, for career entry or continued study at the graduate level.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in multiple academic disciplines with more in-depth and more advanced knowledge in communication studies or government studies.
  • Apply analysis and critical thinking to a variety of written materials.
  • Effectively communicate using a variety of techniques, including writing and technology, for various discourse groups.
  • Access a variety of information resources (e.g. internet, library, databases), evaluate the quality of the information, and effectively use the information.
  • Solve problems and make decisions by analyzing various types of evidence and by using scientific and ethical reasoning.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of the human experience through historical, psychological, sociological, and religious/philosophical perspectives.
  • Recognize, understand and respect the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity.
  • Develop insight into their own and others’ behavior and mental processes and apply effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
  • Pursue realistic ideas about how to implement their knowledge, skills and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings that meet personal goals and societal needs.

LIBERAL ARTS ACADEMIC OVERVIEW

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts is a 120 credit program that includes a core of 67 required credits integrated with 24 credits in the selected communication or government studies concentration.  The program also includes 27 credits of free electives and 2 credits of first year experience. 

LIBERAL ARTS CONCENTRATION OPTIONS

Communication Studies

  • Professional Writing
  • Technical and Professional Communication
  • Introduction to Organizational Communication
  • Strategic Communication
  • Social Media: Theory and Practice
  • Internship in Communication Studies
  • Capstone in Communication Studies

Government Studies

  • Advanced Composition
  • The American Political System
  • International Relations
  • Constitutional Law
  • Research Methods
  • Internship in Government Studies
  • Capstone in Government Studies

INTERNSHIP—PROVIDING YOU A COMPETITIVE EDGE

An internship is built into the program’s capstone experience in the selected concentration field.  This work experience will enhance classroom learning thereby providing students a competitive edge when seeking employment. The program also provides a solid foundation for advanced study at the graduate level.