2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, BS

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Liberal Studies is a cross-disciplinary major for the generalist. Most students who choose Liberal Studies are planning to be elementary or middle school teachers, and various concentrations and tracks of this major prepare students for teaching licensure at one or both of those levels. The Liberal Studies major is also the foundation for the 5-year program in Special Education.

In addition to the multi-disciplinary Civitae Core requirements, Liberal Studies students take advanced courses in English, Mathematics, Natural Science and Social Science. Some concentrations include Fine Arts and Kinesiology. All the teacher-licensure concentrations include a professional component comprised of an array of methods classes, Practicum, Partnership and Student Teaching. While most Liberal Studies students seek teacher licensure, those who do not will complete a minor and interdisciplinary research rather than the professional component of this program.

A major in Liberal Studies cultivates a well-rounded, well-educated student who can face the world on a broad, solid footing. Students gain an understanding of and appreciation for continued, life-long learning - an essential component of being a successful teacher and leader. Longwood Liberal Studies graduates are highly sought after by Virginia public schools for teaching positions.

Civitae Core Requirements (39-40 credits)


Liberal Studies majors must take the following courses to satisfy the Civitae Core requirements listed below. If a Civitae Core requirement is not listed below, majors can satisfy those with any of the choices listed in the Civitae Core options.

Pillar Courses

Historical and Contemporary Insights - HIST 221  or HIST 222  

Human Behavior and Social Institutions - EDUC 245  

Quantitative Reasoning - MATH 135  

Quantitative Reasoning - Middle School Math Concentrators Only - CMSC 140  

Scientific Reasoning - BIOL 114  

Aesthetic Expression - Middle School English Concentrators Only -  COMM 101  

Perspectives Courses

Human Behavior and Social Institutions - SPED Concentrators Only - SOCL 320  


Transfer Students go to Transfer Student General Education   for requirements.

Additional Degree Requirements

  • All Liberal Studies majors must take MATH 310  as the additional degree requirement.

Total Credits Required

  • BS in Liberal Studies - Elementary School Licensure Program 120-121 credits
  • BS in Liberal Studies - Elementary and Middle School Licensure Program 127- 134 credits
  • BS in Liberal Studies - Special Education Licensure Program (K-12) 120 credits
  • BS in Liberal Studies (no licensure) 120 credits

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