Liberal Studies for Adult Students

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies enables students - through a variety of learning experiences - to consider humankind in the contemporary world. Offered for adult learners enrolled in the College of Continuing Studies, the program provides an opportunity for students to share common learning experiences and to develop personal plans of study for career advancement, personal growth, and graduate study.

Basic Core

Rider Course Title Rider Course Number Credits
Expository Writing CMP-120 3
Research Writing CMP-125 3
Speech Communication COM-104 3
Math Requirement Choose from a selection of courses 3
Information Technology CIS-185 3

Area of Knowledge: Historical Perspective

Students choose 3 courses from a selection in the following disciplines:

Rider Discipline Credits
American Studies
English Literature
Fine Arts
Global Studies
History
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
Spanish.
9

Area of Knowledge: Artistic and Intellectual Perspective

Students choose 3 courses from a selection in the following disciplines:

Rider Discipline Credits
American Studies
Economics
English Literature
Fine Arts
Gender Studies
Global Studies
History
Law and Justice
Literature
Philosophy
Sociology
9

Area of Knowledge: Contemporary Perspective

Students choose 3 courses from a selection in the following disciplines:

Rider Discipline Credits
American Studies
Economics
Fine Arts
Gender Studies
Global Studies
History
Law and Justice
Literature and Foreign Culture
Multicultural Studies
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Sociology
9

Area of Knowledge: Natural World

Students choose 2 courses from a selection in the following disciplines:

Rider Discipline Credits
Behavioral Neuroscience
Biochemistry
Biology
Biopsychology
Chemistry
Geological and Marine Science
Physics
Psychology
Sociology
6-8

Liberal Studies Core

Rider Course Title Rider Course Number Credits
Introduction to LIberal Studies LIB-200 3
Seminiar in Liberal Studies LIB-400 3

Concentration Area Students choose one of the following concentration areas:

Rider Discipline Credits
Humanities
Social Science
Applied Social Science
Law and Justice
Global Studies
Natural Science

The multidisciplinary concentrations acknowledge the personal interest and professional objective of adult students. Students may also propose concentrations of individual design (to be approved by the Dean of the College and faculty committee on individual study). Emphases in Business or Health Adminstration may also be included in certain concentration areas.
36

Elective Courses

  Credits
Free elective credit hours may be taken in any department within the University, subject to the program limit of 30 credits from outside the liberal arts and sciences. Students are encouraged to pursue minors. 30-32

A candidate for graduation must complete a minimum of 120 acceptable credits. Of the required 120 credits, 36 must be in upper-level courses as determined by the respective departments, including three credits from the liberal studies core and 18 from the concentration. A maximum of 30 credits from outside the liberal arts and sciences may be presented for graduation. Students should check the academic catalog for complete program requirements.