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Change of Major/Minor Procedures

How to become a Liberal Studies Major:

Liberal Studies is a comprehensive major composed of a minimum of 60 credits. Fifty-one of these credits are selected by the student to meet his or her own scholarly interests and educational objectives.  Courses are grouped into three concentrations (17 credits minimum each) that when linked together constitute a coherent theme.  The proposed major program of study will need to be approved by the Liberal Studies Steering Committee.  The remaining credits for the major consist of three 3 credit courses (LS 201 Introductory Liberal Studies Seminar; LS 301 Liberal Studies Research Seminar; and LS 480 Liberal Studies Capstone Seminar).  To graduate with the Liberal Studies Comprehensive Major, students must complete the requirements specified for the Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree.

1.  If you are interested in the Liberal Studies Comprehensive Major, contact Dr. David M. Jones, Liberal Studies Program Director in the College of Arts and Sciences Office. You may do this by phone (715 836-2025) or in person (Schofield 134). 

Please note: It may not be possible to have an appointment time the same day you come in—it is important to plan ahead.

2.  For your meeting with Dr. Jones:

  • Be prepared to discuss, at least in broad terms, the areas in which you would like to concentrate.

  • Bring an unofficial transcript listing all the college courses you have taken.

  • Bring any questions you have about this major.

3.   Following your meeting with Dr. Jones, you will be assigned to a Liberal Studies adviser who will guide you through the process of fully developing your proposed theme and its associated concentrations.  An application describing your proposed major will be given to you at your meeting with Dr. Jones. This paperwork, with the guidance of your adviser, will need to be completed, submitted, and approved.

4.   Your status in the registration system will be “pre-Liberal Studies” until your proposed major is approved by the Liberal Studies Steering Committee. You will then be formally admitted into the Liberal Studies Comprehensive Major.

You may contact:

Dr. David M. Jones
College of Arts and Sciences
Schofield 134
(715) 836-2025

Information on the Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree and the Liberal Studies Comprehensive Major is included in the University Catalog beginning with the 2009-10 academic year.

Liberal education information can be found on the UW-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences website at: