The Liberal Studies degree is designed to help students develop the breadth of knowledge and skills that represent the core of liberal education, including knowledge of human cultures and the natural world; communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills; along with teamwork and collaborative abilities. Employers seek employees who have the broad general skills, like those developed through the liberal studies major. In addition, they want employees who have applied the knowledge in real-world settings; a focus of the UW-Eau Claire liberal studies program.
Creating your program
This major is ideal for students with multiple academic interests, for transfer students and non-traditional students. It provides an alternative to traditional majors by allowing you to design an interdisciplinary major around a theme of your choosing in consultation with your adviser. The liberal studies major provides you with an opportunity for study in greater breadth than is possible when majoring in a specific disciplinary area.
Students will take three required liberal studies seminars and develop with a faculty advisor a thematic course of study supported by three interrelated concentrations. This provides a coherent intellectual framework for academic studies and formalizes student engagement in integrating and transferring knowledge across subject
matter and skill areas. For example, many recent Liberal Studies majors have participated in an interdisciplinary travel seminar taught by faculty in Women's Studies with expertise in communications, multi-media presentations and sociology.
Collaborative research with faculty
Students in this program will be encouraged to take advantage of UW-Eau Claire’s strong tradition in student-faculty collaborative research by developing and implementing a research, scholarly, or creative project, especially related to the integrating themes of their individual academic program.
Liberal Studies majors like to take their education outside of the classroom walls. Recent majors have had internships in Los Angeles with SESAC, a performing rights organizations and in Eau Claire with the United Way. Liberal Studies majors have also experienced other immersion experiences such as participating in a travel seminar to San Francisco to attend Frameline35, a major international film festival. Last year, Liberal Studies students participated in national student exchanges to the University of New Mexico and Humboldt State University as well as study abroad semesters at the London Metropolitan.
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Bachelor of Liberal Studies
** In order to graduate with a Liberal Studies Comprehensive Major, students must complete the requirements specified for the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) (see degree program requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences)
Examples of Themes students have created:
- Communication and
Community with an
- Creative Productions
- Culture, Communication
and Personal Expression
- Documenting Cultural
and Religious Studies
- Humans: Their
Natural World and
- International Relations
with an Emphasis
in Germany and
- Narrative and Self
- Recreational Therapy
- Religion and Youth
- Social Advocacy
- Understanding the
Development of and
Providing Services to
- Women and Culture
Admission to Major Requirement:
- Completion of Liberal
Curricular Requirements for the Major:
A minimum of 60 credits including three Liberal Studies Seminars
- LS 201, Introductory
Liberal Studies Seminar
- LS 301, Liberal Studies
- LS 480, Liberal Studies
Three Theme- or Discipline-Based Concentrations (minimum 17 credits each and at least 51 credits total).
The 60 credits in the major must include at least 39 credits from Arts and Sciences course work and a minimum of 21 upper division credits.
More advising information
For program information contact
Dr. Marc Goulet