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What is a Liberal Studies Degree?

The Bachelor of Art in Liberal Studies degree program at McNeese encompasses a broad range of subjects related to the humanities, arts and social sciences. As a student in the liberal studies program, you’ll get an in-depth education into your content area and learn how to think analytically and critically, communicate effectively, problem solve, research and understand a wide range of concepts, subjects, and theories.

Seven concentrations to choose from

Explore how natural environments and landscapes impact human society and culture through our geography degree program, or learn how ideas about gender shape interpersonal relationships, media and political systems through the women and gender studies degree program. Though contained under the umbrella of the liberal studies degree, each of our seven concentrations offers students a unique and complex field of study to pursue.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)

Availability: in person

Program overview

Explore More for Liberal Studies Majors

Become a major in liberal studies at McNeese, and you'll enjoy small classes that feature hands-on learning in a one-of-a-kind educational experience. Program highlights include:

Faculty-Directed Learning

All students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies perform in-depth research their last semester with a capstone research seminar project. Through close consultation with experienced faculty, liberal studies majors have the chance to explore a specific area of their concentration that interests them, and develop their skills in research, analysis, writing and critical thinking.

Student Organizations

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts, the liberal studies degree program offers students the chance to join a number of concentration-specific on-campus student organizations, including the National Theatre Honor Society Alpha Si Omega, McNeese Debate Council, Multicultural Engagement, Philosophy Club, Pre-Law and Politics Society and Progressives of McNeese State.

Applied Learning

McNeese’s Liberal Studies concentrations offer small class sizes and immersive learning, personal mentorships with expert faculty members, and internship and service learning opportunities in a variety of settings. Whatever area you decide to focus on, you will have the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom to the real world.

Experienced Faculty

The faculty in the Department of Liberal Arts include subject-matter experts, active researchers and published authors who are committed to ensuring student success both inside and outside the classroom. Professors and staff members meet one-on-one with liberal studies majors to discuss educational and career goals and provide personalized advising, helping ensure students get the most out of their experience at McNeese.

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Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree Program Concentrations

Geography

Geography majors study the elements of physical landscapes of the world and how they impact the economic systems and cultures of the people who live there. Students also learn cartographic concepts, including map interpretation, creation, and analysis.

Geography
Humanities

Students who are interested in a more broad exploration of liberal studies can major in humanities, which allows them to mix and match curriculum from a variety of liberal studies disciplines.

Humanities
Philosophy

Our concentration in philosophy introduces students to Western philosophy from ancient Greece to the modern era. Philosophy majors engage with and explore theories about the nature of the human mind, free will, and the foundations of knowledge and ethics.

Philosophy
Pre-Law

The pre-law concentration at McNeese prepares students who want to continue their education at law school a solid foundation in the judicial process, political philosophy, constitutional interpretation, and more.

Pre-Law
Religious Studies

Students in the religious studies concentration examine the nature of religion and religious experiences, including the origins, beliefs, and contemporary practices of Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity.

Religious Studies
Theatre Arts

Theatre majors receive hands-on experience in all aspects of the stage in our theatre arts concentration, including performance, light and sound design, and stage management.

Theatre Arts Program
Women and Gender Studies

In this concentration, women and gender studies majors explore the interdisciplinary study of sex, sexuality, gender roles, and stereotypes among different social, cultural, and religious groups throughout history.

Women and Gender Studies
Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do with a Liberal Studies Degree?

McNeese's liberal studies bachelor's degree program encourages students to develop into well-rounded professionals with skills in a variety of critical areas that are highly valued by employers. Or, students can continue their education in graduate school for higher salary positions in business, industry, or academia.

Graduate Programs

  • Juris Doctorate
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Humanities
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Arts in Theater Arts
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Master of Applied Geography Degree
  • Master of Philosophy

Job Titles

  • Actor
  • Archivist
  • Arts Administrator
  • Cartographer
  • Charity Fundraiser
  • Choreographer
  • Civil Service Administrator
  • Clergy
  • Communications Consultant
  • Community Development Worker
  • Congressional Aide
  • Copywriter
  • Costume Designer
  • Database Administrator
  • Editor
  • Geographical Information Systems Officer
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • International Aid Worker
  • Journalist
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Media Analyst
  • Mediator
  • Playwright
  • Props Master
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Set Designer
  • Social Worker
  • Sound Designer
  • Special Events Technician
  • Stage Manager
  • Technical Writer
  • Theatre Director
  • Town Planner
  • Union Organizer
  • Victims’ Advocate
  • Youth Worker

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Program Contact

Dr. Michael Smith, Department Head
337-475-5160