Liberal studies is a broad major designed to offer a solid base for future studies in virtually any field. It is especially useful, and often employed, in the training of elementary school teachers, because they are required to teach all subjects.

Language Arts/Humanities

A liberal studies curriculum typically includes a language arts and humanities component that focuses on the studying of literature, writing and communication skills. It often includes linguistics and speaking skills.


Mathematics requirements in a liberal studies program can vary, but they may include algebra, geometry, calculus and trigonometry. Frequently, those who pursue liberal studies in college will have certain core math courses they must complete, or they may be able to choose from a list of options.

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Social Sciences

Social or behavioral sciences is a branch of study that focuses on human interaction. Courses may include history, geography, political science, psychology, criminal justice, economics, cultural studies, archaeology, philosophy and anthropology.

Visual and Performing Arts

Visual and performing arts include courses in art, drama and music. Further specialties can be explored, including vocal studies, music theory or instrument-specific branches.


Science courses may include biology, physical science, physics, chemistry, earth sciences, astronomy or environmental sciences. Students may have required science courses or a range of options.

About the Author

Shewanda Pugh attended Alabama A&M University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She also holds a Master of Arts in writing from Nova Southeastern University. Pugh's work has been featured in several print publications, including the "Farquhar Forum," "Go!Riverwalk" and "Foreword Magazine."