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Department of Liberal Studies

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the liberal studies major in collaboration with the College of Arts and Communication at William Paterson. The Liberal Studies major combines interdisciplinary training in the arts, humanities and social sciences, allowing students to design a flexible yet rigorous program. Students may select from a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary tracks. The liberal studies major is ideal for those who seek a broad-based education and for pre-service teachers seeking certification in P-3, K-5, and 5-8 education.  Upon completion, students will understand the interconnection among the arts, humanities, and social sciences; have considerable exposure to two academic areas and develop research, written, and oral communication skills.  The major is housed in the Department of Philosophy.

What can you do with a degree in Liberal Studies?

A liberal studies degree opens a wide range of careers. In today's information-driven economy, you will need critical thinking skills for continuous learning on the job. Many employers prefer versatile, interdisciplinary thinkers with broad knowledge about the world over narrow specialists with expertise in a single discipline. The liberal studies program gives you a strong background in two or more academic disciplines, and trains you to think critically about the practical and intellectual connections between them. Our internship program challenges you to apply what you are learning to your professional future, or to do a research project in collaboration with our faculty. Our senior capstone experience helps you contextualize your learning and prepares for your next step after college.

A degree in liberal studies trains you to understand complex information, and to communicate it to diverse audiences with different perspectives. It gives you the skills needed to identify the information you need to make good decisions in a fluid and ever-changing world.

Liberal Studies Tracks

Disciplinary Tracks


*Art History








*Music Studies


*Political Science




*Studio Art

Multidisciplinary Tracks

American Studies

Ancient Studies

*Asian Studies

European Studies

Cinema History and Criticism

*Latin American and Latino Studies

Middle-Eastern and Islamic Studies

Religious Studies

*Urban Studies

*Women's and Gender Studies

World Literature

Note:  All tracks marked with an asterisk(*) are existing William Paterson University minors and have specific requirements.



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