Liberal Studies

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Program Overview

Union Institute & University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. This interdisciplinary degree provides students with strong job-related skills such as critical and creative thinking, strong communication skills, strong research abilities, and the flexibility of mind to adapt to a changing world.  This reflects our mission: “to develop students’ minds, skills and recognition of themselves as constructors of meaning and knowledge, [providing] students with valuable habits of mind, including thoughtful reading, critical and creative thinking, and an ability to express themselves in writing with clarity, power and grace.”

Students earn credits through directed independent study worth 9 or 12 credits and seminars worth 6 credits.  For upper-level studies, they choose among six different concentrations: 

Within the concentrations are some specializations that are directly job-related, including Teacher Licensure and Addiction Studies.