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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 or bachelor's degree must present evidence of high school completion in the form of a high school diploma or GED. Careful consideration is given to the applicants academic record to include the curriculum, courses, and/or state mandated graduation tests. Results from standardized testing (either ACT or SAT) are required for first-time freshmen. Students who wish to apply for admission, but do not meet the minimum standardized test scores used for placement in University courses may be required to undergo placement testing.
Undergraduate admission requirements and materials:
A student who meets at least one of the following criteria is eligible for admission as a degree-seeking student:
- Has provided official documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or its equivalent (see documentation required below), or
- Has an associate, bachelor or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an institution recognized as a candidate for accreditation, or an institution recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation
1. Documentation of high school graduation or equivalence is required for applicants who are transferring fewer than 24 semester hours that apply towards a degree.
2. If the student has transferable hours of 24 credit hours or more from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, then they will not have to provide a high school diploma or equivalence. Acceptable forms of documentation of high school graduation or high school equivalence for undergraduate admission must include one of the following:
- Official high school transcript listing the date of graduation
- Official GED certificate
- Official documentation of having passed a State High School Equivalency examination
- Official documentation of a home school completion certificate/transcript
- Official transcripts from all educational institutions (college, universities, professional schools, etc.) attended
3. Any applicant seeking to be a first-time freshman undergraduate degree-seeking students at Urbana University must supply standardized test scores (ACT SAT) to be used for placement in courses., to determine athletic eligibility, and/or determine institutional scholarship qualification.
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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