Liberal Studies (BA)

Dr. Bingham, Program Coordinator

Entrance and General Education Requirements

Students majoring in Liberal Studies must have completed the AA degree at Florida College or its equivalent elsewhere. (To be considered “equivalent” to the AA, a transfer student’s work must include at least 60 semester hours, excluding Physical Education activities, and must include courses that satisfy the 36-hour General Education Core at Florida College.) The CAAP exam normally required for an AA degree at Florida College will not be required of the student who has earned an AA degree or its equivalent elsewhere before being admitted into the Florida College Liberal Studies program.

Total Semester Hours

Students planning for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a Liberal Studies major must complete a total of 120 semester hours of accredited college work, with a total of 51 hours at the 3000 or 4000 level. Physical Education activities courses will not be counted toward the 120-hour total; courses taken under the pass-fail option will not apply toward the 51-hour total.

Language Requirement

The Liberal Studies major requires that a student complete two semesters, in sequence, of a foreign language.

Daily Bible Requirement

All students living on campus and off-campus students enrolled in more than six credit hours must take a Biblical Literature course each day that they take classes on the Florida College campus.

Extracurricular Activities

Students are encouraged to participate each semester in at least six different kinds of extracurricular activities, life-enrichment activities, field trips, and community service projects as part of the Liberal Studies program.

Upper-Level Course Requirements

Students majoring in Liberal Studies may choose between the following tracks and must complete the upper- division course requirements specific to the track chosen. Both tracks require students to complete a twelve- hour component in Biblical Literature by taking a total of 12 semester hours at the 3000 and/or 4000 level, whether in four three-hour courses or through a combination of one, two, and three-hour courses. Acceptable courses in Biblical Literature are listed below under the heading “Courses from Various Disciplines.” Courses taken under the pass-fail option will not apply toward the 12-hour Biblical Literature component of the major.

Because the Liberal Studies major is designed to be interdisciplinary, students in the program must select component areas from clearly distinct disciplines. The disciplines for which courses are listed below are considered sufficiently distinct. Other component areas must be approved by the Chair of Liberal Studies.

Track 1 – Leading to the Bachelor of Arts with a Liberal Studies Major

In addition to the Biblical Literature component, students must complete 39 hours at the 3000 and/or 4000 level. These hours must include a single three-hour Great Books course (HUM 3224 – Ancient Greece through the Renaissance). The student may choose to complete the additional 36 hours in one of two ways: at least eighteen hours (normally six courses, each with at least three hours of course credit) in each of two component areas, or at least twelve hours (at least four courses of three or more credits each) in each of three component areas.

Track 2 – Leading to the Bachelor of Arts with a Liberal Studies Major with Great Books

In addition to the Biblical Literature component, students must complete 39 hours at the 3000 and/or 4000 level, in part by completing four courses (of three or more semester hours’ credit) in each of three component areas. The four-semester sequence of Great Books courses constitutes one of these components for every student in this track; the other two components are chosen by the student. The remaining three upper-division hours required for the degree may be fulfilled with the senior thesis course or an additional upper-level three-semester-hour course in one of the student’s selected components.

For either track, up to twelve hours in one of the component areas may be completed at another accredited college or university. However, plans to take part or all of a component elsewhere must be approved by the department and written into the student’s graduation plan before he or she registers for the courses. Three semester hours of directed studies may be counted toward the completion of any component. Every course taken as a directed study must be approved by the faculty member who will direct it, by the department chair, and by the Dean, before the student registers.

Honors Curriculum

Liberal Studies majors who choose Track 2 will achieve the distinction of having completed the Honors Curriculum if they complete the senior thesis course successfully and if they finish the Liberal Studies program with a 3.00 grade point average (overall and in upper-level courses), with no upper-level grade lower than C. The senior thesis course (IDS 4950, described below) requires the student to prepare a portfolio of his or her upper-level work (curricular and extracurricular), to produce a substantial interdisciplinary thesis, and to present material from the thesis project in a public forum.

Pre-Law and Pre-Medicine

Students preparing for law school or for medical school (or to pursue professional training in other health fields) can customize an interdisciplinary program of study within the Liberal Studies major, selecting relevant upper-division courses in such disciplines as English, History, and Communication (for pre-law) or Health Sciences and Behavioral Science (for pre-medicine), as well as Biblical Literature. This Bachelor of Arts degree program offers students considerable flexibility as they prepare for the professional school application process and for the appropriate admissions examinations.

For an extra mark of distinction, the pre-professional student can choose to complete the Honors Curriculum described above.

Courses in Liberal Studies

  • IDS 4905 Directed Study in Liberal Studies
  • IDS 4950 Liberal Studies Senior Thesis

Courses From Various Disciplines

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Studies program, courses are located throughout the various curricula of the College. The courses below are listed with the disciplines available at Florida College as Liberal Studies areas of concentration:
Behavioral Science
  • CLP 4143 Abnormal Psychology
  • DEP 4004 Developmental Psychology
  • EDF 3122 Learning and the Developing Child
  • EEX 3050 Survey of Special Education
  • INP 4004 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PPE 4003 The Psychology of Personality
  • PSY 4832 Sports Psychology
  • PSY 4905 Independent Directed Study in Psychology
  • SOP 4004 Social Psychology
Biblical and Ancient Languages
  • GRW 3250 New Testament Greek I
  • GRW 3251 New Testament Greek II
  • GRW 4242 Advanced New Testament Greek I
  • GRW 4253 Advanced New Testament Greek II
  • REL 4909 Independent Directed Study in Biblical Languages: Greek
Biblical Literature
Note that courses taken under the pass/fail option will not apply toward either the Biblical Literature component or the 51-hour minimum for upper-division course work.
  • REL 3221 Law of Moses
  • REL 3222 Old Testament Historical Books
  • REL 3227 Minor Prophets I
  • REL 3231 The Book of Job
  • REL 3233 Minor Prophets II
  • REL 3235 NT Backgrounds
  • REL 3253 Gospel and Epistles of John
  • REL 3256 2 Corinthians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus
  • REL 3258 James, 1 & 2 Peter, Jude
  • REL 3265 Matthew
  • REL 3268 1 and 2 Thessalonians and Philippians
  • REL 3719 Studies in Biblical Eschatology
  • REL 3783 Historical Apologetics
  • REL 4217 Critical Introduction: Old Testament
  • REL 4225 Ezekiel
  • REL 4226 Jeremiah
  • REL 4229 Daniel
  • REL 4230 Isaiah
  • REL 4247 Critical Introduction: New Testament
  • REL 4254 Romans and Galatians
  • REL 4255 Hebrews
  • REL 4259 Book of Revelation
  • REL 4900 Independent Directed Study in Biblical Studies
  • REL 4930 Selected Topics in Biblical Studies
  • REL 4933 Selected Topics: Bible Seminar
  • REL 3233 Minor Prophets II
  • REL 4230 Isaiah
  • REL 4226 Jeremiah
  • REL 3235 New Testament Backgrounds
  • REL 3265 Matthew
  • REL 3266 Mark
Business

Note that students selecting Business as a subject area for Liberal Studies are required to take either ACG 2001 (Financial Accounting) or GEB 1011 (Introduction to Business Administration) in addition to the 12 or 18 upper-division hours in Business.

  • BUL 3320 Law and Business
  • GEB 3213 Communication in Business
  • GEB 4905 Independent Directed Study in Business
  • INP 4004 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • ISM 3004 Management Information Systems
  • MAN 3025 Principles of Management
  • MAN 3301 Human Resource Management
  • MAN 3600 International Business
  • MAN 3802 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • MAN 4129 Organizational Leadership
  • MAN 4701 Business Ethics and Society
  • MAR 3023 Principles of Marketing
Church History
  • REL 3503 Church History I
  • REL 3504 Church History II
  • REL 3541 History of Christianity in America (also offered as AMH 3621)
  • REL 3567 History of the Restoration Movement (also offered as AMH 3622)
  • REL 4905 Directed Study in Church History
  • REL 4932 Selected Topics in Church History
Communication
  • COM 3120 Organizational Communication
  • COM 3160 Writing for Communication Professions
  • GEB 3213 Communication in Business
  • MMC 3602 Mass Communication and Society
  • ORI 3131 Oral Interpretation
  • PUR 3000 Public Relations
  • SPC 3301 Interpersonal Communication
  • SPC 3311 Social Media for Professionals
  • SPC 3513 Argumentation and Debate
  • SPC 3602 Advanced Public Speaking
  • SPC 4540 Persuasion
  • SPC 4683 Rhetorical Approaches to Media
  • SPC 4710 Intercultural Communication
  • SPC 4905 Independent Directed Study in Communication
Education
  • EDF 3122 Learning and the Developing Child
  • EDF 3251 Classroom Management
  • EDF 4905 Independent Directed Study in Education
  • EEX 3050 Survey of Special Education
  • TSL 3080 Introduction to TESOL
  • TSL 4081 TESOL Issues and Practices
English
  • AML 3311 Major Figures in American Literature
  • AML 4223 American Romantics
  • AML 4233 American Realism and Naturalism
  • AML 4242 20th Century American Literature
  • ENC 3416 Writing and Editing for Media
  • ENG 3063 Advanced Grammar: Analysis and Application
  • ENG 4060 History of the English Language
  • ENG 4905 Independent Directed Study in English
  • ENL 3210 Medieval British Literature
  • ENL 3333 Shakespearean Drama
  • ENL 4240 British Romantic Literature
  • ENL 4251 Victorian Literature and Culture
  • ENL XXXX Renaissance Literature
  • LIT 3031 Selected Topics in Poetry
  • LIT 3103 Selected Studies in World Literature
Health Sciences
  • APK 3004 Introduction to Kinesiology
  • BCH 3023 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • BSC 3933 Special Topics in Biology: Cell Biology
  • MCB 3020 Microbiology
  • PCB 3063 Genetics
  • PHI 3633 Introduction to Biomedical Ethics
History

Note that students selecting History as a subject area for Liberal Studies are required to take at least one of the following courses: AMH 4172, AMH 4254, AMS 4811, AMS 4812.

  • AMH 3130 The Age of Revolutionary America
  • AMH 3170 The American Civil War and Reconstruction
  • AMH 3201 Theodore Roosevelt’s America
  • AMH 3270 Post-1945 America
  • AMH 3510 United States Diplomatic History I
  • AMH 3511 United States Diplomatic History II
  • AMH 3543 The Pacific War
  • AMH 3621 History of Christianity in America (also offered as REL 3541)
  • AMH 3622 History of the Restoration Movement (also offered as REL 3567)
  • AMH 4172 The Civil War Era, 1861-1865
  • AMH 4254 American and the World War II Experience
  • AMS 4811 Intellectual History of America I: 1607 to 1865
  • AMS 4812 Intellectual History of America II: 1865 to Present
  • AMS 4905 Directed Study in American History
  • ASH 3230 History of the Middle East
  • EUH 3245 Europe from 1914 to 1945
  • EUH 3401 History of Ancient Greece
  • EUH 3411 History of Ancient Rome
  • EUH 4453 Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte
Humanities
  • HUM 3224 Great Books—Classical Through Renaissance (required of Liberal Studies majors not taking the four-semester sequence below)
  • HUM 3330 Great Books—Greek and Roman (Honors Curriculum)
  • HUM 3332 Great Books—Medieval and Renaissance (Honors Curriculum)
  • HUM 4239 Great Books—17th and 18th Centuries (Honors Curriculum)
  • HUM 4336 Great Books—19th and 20th Centuries (Honors Curriculum)
Mathematics
  • MGF 3301 Bridge to Abstract Mathematics
Music
  • MUH 3211 Introduction to Western Music I: Antiquity to 1750
  • MUH 3212 Introduction to Western Music II: 1750 to 1900
  • MUH 4371 Music Since 1900
  • MUH 4633 Music in the United States
  • MUH 4905 Independent Directed Study in Music History
Physical Education
  • APK 3004 Introduction to Kinesiology
  • BSC 3933 Special Topics in Biology: Exercise Physiology
  • BSC 3933 Special Topics in Biology: Nutrition
  • PET 3251 Sports in American Society
  • PHI 3633 Introduction to Biomedical Ethics
  • PSY 4832 Sports Psychology
Religious Thought
  • REL 3131 American Sects and Cults
  • REL 3308 World Religions
  • REL 3460 Philosophy of Religion
  • REL 3719 Studies in Biblical Eschatology
  • REL 3783 Historical Apologetics
  • REL 3797 Studies in Catholic and Protestant Thought
  • REL 4907 Directed Study in Religious Thought
Quality of Work

A minimum quality point average of 2.25 both overall and on all upper-level work is required for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Liberal Studies.

Residency

Students must complete 36 semester hours of their upper-level work at Florida College in order to receive the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Liberal Studies.

Commencement

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies must participate in the commencement ceremony in the year of completing their other requirements. Any exceptions must be cleared with the Academic Dean of the College.

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