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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.
Choose a specialization:
Communications specialization focuses on the foundations of primary communication and how you can apply them to interpersonal communication, writing, public speaking and theatre. You’ll discover the best ways to communicate and develop content for a variety of fields using your acquired skills in both new and traditional media.
You’ll choose either the Mass Media track or the Performing Arts track and take courses on topics such as media writing, public relations and theater. At Urbana, you will also get to choose the field experience that’s right for you and your future career, from creating theatre programs to providing sports information support or being paired with a local organization for an internship that fits your career vision.
Our graduates have found careers immediately following graduation in fields like marketing, advertising, sports information, recruiting, journalism, public relations and more.
With an English specialization, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of literary works. You’ll explore themes, forms and genres as well as cultural history, theoretical approaches to interpretation, literary movements and more. You’ll learn how to analyze thoroughly, think critically and communicate effectively and with confidence.
You’ll embark on a new pathway to education and critical thinking where you’re able to literally write your own story. At Urbana, you can share what you’ve learned through opportunities such as tutoring in the Success Center or work in the library to polish your research skills.
After graduation, you will be able to translate your critical thinking, writing, research and analytical skills learned at Urbana into jobs like a content specialist, technical writer, copywriter and more.
The History specialization is a perfect option for students who love to read and learn. A focus on history sets a strong foundation for your career and your life. History is more than just the study of past events – it’s also exploration of why and how events transpired over time, and what that means for us today.
Through your history courses, you’ll study Ohio, U.S. and world history and be able to identify significant points in time that changed the course of modern civilization as we know it. With the History specialization, you’ll be prepared for a position as an archivist, writer or editor.
Political science is all about power – where it came from, who has it, who wants it, whether they use it or abuse it – and ultimately, how to protect, share or acquire it. The Political Science specialization provides you with the skills and knowledge to lead within various systems of government in today’s highly global political environment.
You’ll learn to link political science theory with practical problems while learning from faculty who are passionate about providing you with a modernized, applicable course of study. You’ll refine your views, discover your voice and develop the confidence and courage needed to inspire change in the world.
After graduation, you can do just about anything you set your mind to. You can become a campaign operative, lobbyist or public affairs research analyst, go on to law school – or even pursue a career in government relations.
Sociology helps us understand the connection between groups, organizations and social structures in and around our world. Our goal is to help you be an informed, active citizen who is fully aware of the complex nature of social life and differentiation in society.
Equipped with a sociology specialization, you’ll be well-suited to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Your sociology courses will stretch you to explore other cultures and belief systems and learn to respect different lifestyles. You’ll develop clarity and confidence in your personal identity and learn to express your beliefs and values with conviction.
By focusing your studies in sociology, you can choose from many diverse career paths including research, policymaking, service organizations and government.
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.
Demonstrate general principles from all traditional liberal arts fields and apply information and skills from the field of emphasis.
Reason critically, analyze and solve problems objectively, and think creatively.
Prepare and present information effectively, in both writing and speech, through research, discussion, and demonstration.
Assess, critique, and reflect on their own personal moral and ethical values as well as those of other societies and cultures.
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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