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.
With the pace of economic change and global competition accelerating, the educational requirements for most jobs are increasing and becoming more demanding. The market is requiring more advanced levels of critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills, as well as the capacity for teamwork and ability to adapt to rapidly changing conditions. In sampling various disciplines represented by the core requirements as well as the area of concentration, students will enhance these essential skills required in any employment they may seek. An internship is built into the program’s capstone experience in the selected concentration field. This work experience with professional practitioners will enhance classroom learning thereby providing students a competitive edge when seeking employment. The program also provides a solid foundation for study at the graduate level. A student enrolled in this program must achieve a minimum grade of C (73) in every course in the program concentration.
Liberal Arts Core (66 credits):
Arts/Humanities (9 credits): ENG 200, ART or MUS elective, HUM elective
Communications/English (9 credits): ENG 103, ENG 111, ENG 211
Cultural Studies (6 credits): CUL 310, CUL 410
History (6 credits): HIS electives
Languages (9 credits): SPA 101, SPA 102, SPA 201; or GER 101, GER 102, GER 201
Philosophy (6 credits): PHI 101, PHI elective
Religious Studies (6 credits): RES 201, RES elective
Science/Math (6 credits): MAT 106 or MAT 200, any BIO, CHE, PHY, or SCI elective
Social Sciences (9 credits): PSY100, SOC 101, ECO 100 or ECO 101
Concentration (select one, 24 credits):
|ENG 310||Professional Writing||3|
|ENG 410||Technical and Professional Communication||3|
|COM 100||Intro to Organizational Communication||3|
|COM 300||Strategic Communication||3|
|COM 320||Social Media: Theory and Practice||3|
|COM 400||Internship in Communication Studies||6|
|COM 450||Capstone in Communication Studies||3|
|ENG 300||Advanced Composition||3|
|POL 101||The American Political System||3|
|POL 310||International Relations||3|
|POL 320||Constitutional Law||3|
|PSY 350||Research Methods (MAT 200 prerequisite)||3|
|POL 400||Internship in Government Studies||6|
|POL 450||Capstone in Government Studies||3|
|Free Electives (30 Credits);18 credits at any level;12 credits at the 300/400 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 the first-year experience.
LIBERAL ARTS CONCENTRATION OPTIONS
- 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
- 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
|First Year: First Semester|
|ENG 111||Composition I||3|
|SPA 101||Spanish I or other lang.||3|
|RES||Religious Studies elective||3|
|HUM 101 or 102||Intro. to Humanities I or II||3|
|PHI 101||Intro. to Philosophy||3|
|First Year: Second Semester|
|PSY 100||General Psychology||3|
|SOC 101||Intro. to Sociology||3|
|SPA 102||Spanish II or other language||3|
|ART/MUS||Art or Music elective||3|
|ENG 211||Critical Inquiry and Writing||3|
|Second Year: First Semester|
|ENG 103||Speech and Oral Comm.||3|
or POL 101
|Intro Organnization Comm.
or Amer. Political System
|SPA 201||Intermediate Spanish or other language||3|
|Second Year: Second Semester|
|RES 201||Foundations in Social Justice||3|
or MAT 200
|Third Year: First Semester|
or ENG 310
or Professional Writing
|CUL 310||Cultural Studies I||3|
or POL 310
or International Relations
or ECO 101
|Third Year: Second Semester|
or POL 320
|Social Media: Theory and Practice
or Constitutional Law
|CUL 410||Cultural Studies II||3|
|ENG 200||Exploring Literature||3|
|Free Elective, 300/400 level||3|
|Fourth Year: First Semester|
or PSY 350
|Tech. and Prof. Comm.
or Research Methods I
|Free Electives, 300/400||6|
|Fourth Year: Second Semester|
or POL 400
|Internship in Communication
or Government Studies
or POL 450
|Capstone in Communication
or Government Studies
|Free Elective, 300/400 level||3|