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Liberal Studies Major

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; and teamwork and collaborative abilities. Employers seek employees who have 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.

Contact Info:
Dr. Marc Goulet, Liberal Studies Program
Schofield Hall 220
105 Garfield Avenue

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Comprehensive major (no minor required)
  • Liberal Studies

Where you'll find our grads

  • Program Coordinator, Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley
  • Assistant Editor, the Post House
  • Media Specialist, Champlain College
  • English teacher, Japan
  • Recreational Therapist, Kansas
  • Senior Business Analyst, OptumHealth
  • Study Abroad Coordinator, University of Denver
  • Head Instructor, National Cheerleader Association
  • Youth Pastor, Chicago

The Liberal Studies program is not an opportunity you want to miss out on. The LS Courses always invited relevant and engaging discussions. The advisors brought insight and experience as they helped me craft my major. I felt as though I were part of a team, where all of us worked together to create meaningful educational experiences. Liberal Studies is an outlet for you to cultivate your passions!

Luke Gladis | multimedia communication, social justice emphasis

Prepared for Success

This major is ideal for students with multiple academic interests, transfer students and nontraditional students. It provides an alternative to traditional majors by allowing students to design an interdisciplinary major around a theme of their choosing in consultation with their adviser. The liberal studies major provides students with an opportunity for study in greater breadth than is possible when majoring in a specific disciplinary area.

Why UW-Eau Claire

Hands-On Experience

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 Frameline, a major international film festival. Liberal studies students also have participated in national student exchanges at the University of New Mexico and Humboldt State University as well as study abroad semesters at the London Metropolitan.

Research Opportunities

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.

Course Work / Pre-Professional Courses

Students will take three required liberal studies seminars and develop with a faculty adviser 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 skills 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, multimedia presentations and sociology.

Program Options

The Liberal Studies program has recently partnered with the Peace Corps to give students the opportunity to complete a non-academic certificate. Completion of this certificate would help students graduate with the skills needed to become a Peace Corps volunteer or pursue a career in international development. UW-Eau Claire's program is one of only fifty programs like it nationwide and focuses on a variety of areas that will help make students competitive applicants to the Peace Corps, including health, education, youth development, the environment, foreign language proficiency, intercultural understanding, and leadership.

Special Admission Guidelines

Students interested in pursuing the Liberal Studies program are encouraged to meet with an admissions counselor or department contact to see if it is the right program for your interests.

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