Liberal Studies

Choose Liberal Studies Now for a Range of Options Later

Liberal studies is the study of the key humanities – including science, math, history and more. Liberal studies takes higher-education fundamentals into account and goes in-depth on aspects of contemporary American life – giving you a well-rounded education with endless possibilities.

Studies show that Millennials may have more than 15 different jobs over the course of their working lives. As a communication studies major, you’ll develop skills you can use in any field of interest. Our broadly experienced faculty will teach you to think critically, write clearly and persuasively, and analyze data and information to better solve problems at work and in life.

Focus Your Degree on Your Future

No one knows what the future holds, but in the meantime, you know where your passions lie. By tailoring your communication studies major to your interests and career goals, you will set yourself up for success. Enhance your liberal studies major with a specialization in Communications (Mass Media track or Performing Arts track), English, History, Political Science or Sociology.

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What Can I Do with a Liberal Arts Degree?

With a liberal studies degree you really can have it all. From careers in communication, marketing, writing and editing to history, math or scientific endeavors, you can move on to great things after graduation.

Graduate school is a great choice for liberal studies graduates. The broad-based liberal studies major is a suitable preparation for a variety of advanced degrees, through which you can specialize your career focus or continue a tradition of lifelong learning.

Program Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate general principles from all traditional liberal arts fields and apply information and skills from the field of emphasis.

  2. Reason critically, analyze and solve problems objectively, and think creatively.

  3. Prepare and present information effectively, in both writing and speech, through research, discussion, and demonstration.

  4. Assess, critique, and reflect on their own personal moral and ethical values as well as those of other societies and cultures.

Undergraduate Studies Admission Requirements

Each applicant seeking admission to Urbana University is individually evaluated. Factors considered are past academic achievement, aptitude, extracurricular activities, and any additional evidence supporting the prospect of academic success.

To qualify for admission, applicants seeking an associate’s or bachelor’s degree must present evidence of high school completion and a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale, in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicant’s academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests.

Satisfactory completion of a college preparatory curriculum is expected, which includes a minimum of four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social science, one additional unit in English, mathematics or science, and four additional elective units, for a total of 16 or more units. Should the applicant’s preparation differ from the recommendation above, the applicant may be asked to supply additional information for review.

Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for those under 21 years of age. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum ACT score or high school cumulative GPA requirements listed below, may request consideration by the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements/Materials:

  • Completed undergraduate application
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Official high school transcript with a required minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  • Standardized test results (if younger than 21 years old)
    • Minimum ACT score: 17
    • Minimum SAT score: 900

At any time the University may require an applicant to meet with the Admissions Committee to address questions that arise in the application review process. If an applicant requests transfer credit, official transcripts from any other regionally accredited institution are required.

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