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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Arts Studies: Behavioral & Social Sciences Concentration, B.A.


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The Liberal Arts Studies is a multidisciplinary offering in the liberal arts with concentration choices in three areas: humanities , behavioral & social sciences, or natural sciences . The major is specifically designed for those students who have an interest in several disciplines and a desire to articulate as well as demonstrate the value of a broad liberal arts education.

A degree in Liberal Arts Studies offers you a broad perspective on life. No matter what pathway you take, some things are certain in the world: you will encounter challenges. You will deal with people who see the world differently than you do. You will see a need and want to fix it.

Liberal Arts Studies gives you the tools to successfully make a difference in the world. You’ll expand your creativity. You’ll learn excellent communication skills in multiple modalities. You’ll enlarge your understanding of the natural world and the human condition. By studying multiple ways of thinking and knowing, you’ll gain the skills to address challenges from a variety of perspectives, to synthesize ideas, and to bring people together in consensus.

The modern world is multi-faceted: your education should be, too.

Core Requirements


All students must complete the Avila University Core Curriculum as a part of their degree programs. The Core consists of a minimum of 39 credit hours that meet the requirements listed below. Please go to Core Curriculum  for more information and to view all Core classes.

Skills Level (7 credit hours)


Develops fundamental skills key for both academic and professional success.

  • Composition (3)
  • Communication (3)
  • First Year Seminar (1) - waived for transfer students

Liberal Arts Level (25 credit hours)


Provides diverse disciplinary lenses through which to examine the world. Concepts learned and viewpoints experiences at this level promote critical thinking and ethical decision-making with reference to real-life situations across the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and arts.

  • Arts (3)
  • History (3)
  • Literature/Rhetoric (3)
  • Mathematics (3)
  • Natural Science (4) - must include a lab
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Religious Studies (3)
  • Social Sciences (3)

Core Component Designations (6-12 credit hours)


Focuses on seeing beyond the self, immediate community, or chosen discipline. Designations include Interdisciplinary Studies, Global Studies, and Community Engagement, all of which call for application of learning across boundaries.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (6)
  • Global Studies or Community Engagement (6)

Liberal Arts Foundation Courses (15-16 credit hours)


The candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts Studies must complete the foundational courses and choose at least one concentration in the major. The total credit hours for the major is 30-34 hours.

The Foundation courses are as follows:

Technology Requirement


Computer competency will be demonstrated by successful completion of:

Outcomes


Learning Outcomes for the Liberal Arts Studies Major

  1. Demonstrate a competent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills for diverse audiences across a variety of media platforms.
  2. Demonstrate multidisciplinary perspectives.

Assessment


Assessment for the Liberal Arts Studies Major

  1. Formative assessment of outcome 1 and 2 will occur in LA 101 .
  2. Summative assessment of outcome 1 and 2 will occur in LA 499 .

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