University of Maine at Farmington 2021-2022 Catalog

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Interdisciplinary Studies - Liberal Studies
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Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts: Interdisciplinary Studies - Liberal Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in Liberal Studies provides students an opportunity to pursue a general liberal arts education while also acquiring valuable career proficiency. Students couple the completion of a required internship with a mandatory career readiness portfolio that demonstrates real-world professional skills. Advanced coursework is required in the form of a minor, a certificate, or in a set of courses chosen in consultation with their advisor.

A concentration in Liberal Studies prepares students for many careers, as it has a skills-based curriculum, drawing from many disciplines. It offers flexibility for students who don’t follow the traditional route to college.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (45-48 credits)

Core skills: At least one course must be selected from each of five different core skills areas.  Courses that will fulfill each area are listed below. Courses which appear under multiple headings may only be counted toward one skill area. A minimum of 20 credits is required (if not all courses selected are 4 credits, additional courses from any of the core skills areas may be selected to bring the total to 20 credits).  General Education requirements will not count towards courses required for Core skills; 20 credits are required in addition to General Education requirements. (Students may seek their advisor's approval to apply courses not included in the lists below to a given core skill area.)

  • A course to develop critical reading skills: Any English literature, PHI or HTY course


Area of knowledge or specialization: A minimum of 24 credits, satisfied either with a minor, a set of courses in a single discipline, a certificate program, or pre-professional program. No more than two courses can be at the 100 level. Courses used for this requirement are in addition to General Education and Core skills requirements.

Capstone Project or Internship is required (1-4 credits).

NOTE: Of the 45-48 credits required for this major, at least 12 credits must be at the 300 level or higher.

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For specific information about general education requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.


For specific information about world language requirements and expectations, see the General Education Requirements in the Academic Programs section of this catalog.



Additional elective credits (39-43), to reach 128 total credits.

Accumulative GPA of 2.000 is required for graduation.

Students must demonstrate career readiness by creating an application portfolio to include a resume, cover letter, and a writing sample. Students may, if they choose, fulfill this requirement by completing one of the following courses:

ACE 194 Career Development

ENG 200 Professional Writing

PSY 237 Introduction to Career Counseling

Or equivalent course


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