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Liberal Arts Major

Graduate Success: Luke Zerra

Luke Zerra

When Luke Zerra graduated from Flagler College last spring, he was faced with a tough choice. Three different graduate schools were in pursuit, each offering full tuition and teaching assistantships.

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Student Profile: Kensley Stewart

Kensley Stewart

Liberal Arts major Kensley Stewart writes, in her own words, about travel, serendipity and her current gig as an intern at The Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Program Description

Why should I choose the liberal arts major?
In a world of increasing specialization, there are some who question the value of majoring in the liberal arts. Not employers, says Gregory Giangrande, author of The Liberal Arts Advantage: “Corporations require employees who are generalists rather than specialists, who can cultivate the complex international relationships that will help them to compete internationally…who is better equipped than liberal arts majors—whose sweep of study has trained them to understand and think critically about people, culture, and society, to step in and fill the void?”

Recent research backs up this premise. A survey by AT&T, for example, reveals that liberal arts majors advance more quickly to middle and senior management positions, while another by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) finds that employers prefer graduates with the right kinds of broad-based skills rather than the right majors. As a liberal arts major, these are the kind of transferable skills (in communication, critical and creative thinking, and problem-solving) that you can expect to develop, even as you build a strong, interdisciplinary foundation in the arts and humanities.

What does the program at Flagler offer?
Flagler's major in the liberal arts is designed to introduce students to the rich and challenging intellectual heritage of Western Civilization. Students are encouraged to work primarily with faculty from the liberal studies department to develop an individualized program promoting academic excellence and professional expertise in their chosen areas of study. In addition to equipping students with the skills they need to become responsible citizens and valuable members of the community, the program assists students preparing for graduate school as well as for careers in areas as diverse as education, law, business, politics and ministry.

Major Requirements

A 400 level Internship does not replace the Senior Seminar or Independent Research Project.

General Education Requirements

36 credits plus two additional 100-200 level courses (six credits) taken from the current Flagler College General Education List or from additional courses identified by the Humanities Department Faculty.
Number of Courses: 14
Number of Credits: 42

Primary Discipline*

18 credits at the 200-400 level (at least two 300 level courses, one 400 level course, and the 400 level Senior Seminar or Independent Research Project) from one of the following major areas in the Humanities Department: History, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Religion, and Spanish; or in the Social Science: Political Science. One internship (three credits) would be allowed.
Number of Courses: 6
Number of Credits: 18

Secondary Discipline One*

Nine credits at the 200-400 level (at least two 300-400 level courses) from one Flagler College major or minor program that is considered to be among the Liberal Arts.**

Number of Courses: 3

Number of Credits: 9

Secondary Discipline Two*

Nine credits at the 200-400 level (at least two 300-400 level courses) from one Flagler College major or minor program that is considered to be among the Liberal Arts.**

Number of Courses: 3

Number of Credits: 9

* Students majoring in liberal arts may only use one completed course from their General Education requirements towards the completion of their primary discipline. They may not use any completed General Education courses toward the completion of either secondary discipline.

** The areas of study for the primary and secondary disciplines are mutually exclusive. For example, a student cannot choose history as both a primary and secondary discipline or choose history for both secondary disciplines.

*** The liberal arts, according to the Carnegie Classification, include: English language and literature/letters; foreign languages and literatures; biological sciences; mathematics; philosophy and religion; physical sciences; psychology; social sciences and history; visual and performing arts; area, ethnic, and cultural studies; liberal arts and sciences, general studies, and humanities; and multi/interdisciplinary studies.