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General Studies and Liberal Studies

In rapidly changing times a broad education in the Liberal Arts may be the best possible preparation for the lifetime of learning that characterizes so many professions. Lyndon offers a two-year degree program in General Studies and a four-year degree program in Liberal Studies.

General Studies, A.A.

Required Courses

Core (43 Credits)

Completion of General Education for Four-Year Programs: 43 Credits

Elective courses: (19 - 21 Credits)

Elective courses must be in addition to, and distinct from, the courses included in the General Education and College Skills course requirements.  Courses cannot be counted in both areas.

Minimum required credits for the program: 62

Mission Statement

This program is intended to introduce students to the nature and benefits of college level academic study.

Goals

This program is designed to provide the student with a firm and broad base in the liberal arts and sciences and an opportunity to pursue further study in areas of interest at an introductory or intermediate level. The Associate of Arts degree in General Studies is available to all qualified students upon filing a request to graduate prior to the final semester of study. This degree is intended to provide a diploma at the end of two years of college study. 

Assessment

Students must successfully complete the Graduation Standards established by the Vermont State College System.

Liberal Studies, B.A.

Required Courses

Core (32 Credits)

  • 3 credits from any 1000- or 2000- level CIS, MAT courses
  • 6 credits from two different disciplines among any 1000- or 2000-level ARH, ART, FLM, MUS, THA courses (not including MUS 2220, THA 2840, or THA-2845).
  • 6 credits from two different disciplines among ENG 1310, any 2000-level ENG, any 1000- or 2000-level HIS, PHI 1010, or any 2000-level PHI.
  • 8 credits from two different disciplines among any 1000- or 2000-level lab science from ATM, BIO, CHE, ENV, GEY, and PHY courses.
  • 6 credits from two different disciplines among ANT 1030, any 1000- or 2000-level POS, ECO, GEO, SOC or PSY courses (not including PSY 1040, PSY 2270, PSY 2811, and PSY 2812).
  • LIB 4810 Liberal Studies Thesis or both EDU 4250 and EDU 4730

Requirements for the program


  • Minimum required credits for the program: 47 – 48
    • No more than a total of 6 credits can be taken as Independent Study.
    • Co-op, field experience, and practicum credits may not be used for Liberal Studies.
    • College Skills courses may not be double-counted for Liberal Studies.
    • At most 10 credits may be double counted for General Education Distribution and program requirements.
  • Students taking Liberal Studies as a second major for Elementary Education should attend to the following points:
    • Take MAT 1060 and MAT 2010 to fulfill (or in addition to) the College Skills Mathematics requirements.
    • Include an additional MAT class in your course of study, especially if pursuing the Interdisciplinary concentration.
    • Include both a literature and a writing class from ENG in your course of study (EDU 3110 may be counted as the literature class).
    • Include geography. political science/government, and pre-WWII American history classes in your course of study.
  • All Liberal Studies students are encouraged to take foreign language courses and SSC 2020 Experience the World as electives to supplement the requirements of the program.
Concentrations: (15 - 16 credits)

Fine and Performing Arts

  • 15 credits (must include at least nine credits at the 3000- or 4000-level) from ARH, ART, FLM, MUS, THA courses (not including MUS 2220, THA 2840, THA 2845, THA 4210, or THA 4810) or LIB 4801.

Humanities

  • 15 credits (must include at least nine credits at the 3000- or 4000-level) from ENG, HIS, or PHI courses, or EDU 3110 (not including PHI-1050) or LIB 4801.

Interdisciplinary

  • 15 – 16 credits (must include at least eight credits at the 3000- or 4000-level) from the concentrations listed above.

Mathematics and Computer Science

  • 15 credits (must include at least nine credits at the 3000- or 4000-level) from CIS or MAT courses or LIB 4801.

Natural Science

  • 12 credits (must include at least four credits at the 3000- or 4000-level) from ATM, BIO, CHE, ENV, GEY, PHY, or SCI courses or LIB 4801.
  • SCI 4010

Social Science

  • 15 credits (must include at least nine credits at the 3000- or 4000-level) from ANT, GEO, POS, SOC, ECO, PSY, or 3000- 4000-level SSC courses (not including PSY 1040, PSY 2270, PSY 2811, PSY 2812, PSY 3080, PSY 3811, PSY 4151, PSY 4720, PSY 4820, PSY 4921, PSY 4922, SSC 4720, or SSC 4740) or LIB 4801.

As a Liberal Studies major, students enjoy the full creative scope of the liberal arts and sciences. Rather than focusing on any one field, our scholars design a theme-based program of study that integrates many fields. The major is comprised of primary and secondary focus areas, the latter building upon the former. Students round out their major with electives and general education courses that enhance their major theme of study.

All of Lyndon’s students benefit from a highly personalized educational experience. Colleges boast of treating students as a name, not a number. At Lyndon, teachers know much more than names — they know students as individuals. Our state’s heritage of tolerance and independence, the feeling of caring and safety we associate with small-town life, and the spiritual lift of living and learning in an area of tremendous natural beauty, all add meaning to the Lyndon experience.