Liberal Studies (A.A.S. to B.A.) - Leadership and Systems Thinking Tracks

The Leadership and Systems Thinking tracks in Liberal Studies is an A.A.S to B.A. degree completion program designed to prepare students for advancement in their 21st century workforce careers. Students will develop skills in management, marketing, critical thinking, writing, presentation, communication, research, and human interaction. Course work is deeply targeted to ensure that students have an efficient route to completing coursework that enhances the technical and practical skills they already bring to the table.

Admission Requirements: A student must possess a transferrable AAS degree** with at least 60 earned credits in transferable courses. These 60 credits must include 3 credits of writing. Other transfer requirements include: 6 credits in Social Science (SOC, ECO, or POL), 3 credits in mathematics, and 4 credits in Science with a lab. Students admitted to this track cannot transfer to another program without a full re-evaluation of their prior coursework according to applicable transfer.

**Students in the following A.A.S disciplines are eligible for this track:

Accounting
Administration of Justice
Biotechnology
Business Administration
Business Management
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Cybersecurity
Early Childhood Development
Graphic Design
Health Information Management
Information Systems Technology
Marketing
Paralegal Studies
Photography and Media
Physical Therapist Assistant


Degree Requirements — Liberal Studies

This degree requires a total of 120 credits.

Liberal Arts Core and University Requirements

See University Requirements and the Liberal Arts Core for details. Liberal studies majors will satisfy the three-course university Writing Intensive (WI) requirement in the following way: LS 301 Readings and Portfolio Writing, LS 420 Senior Seminar, and one additional WI course from an area of concentration or from the Liberal Arts Core or university electives. Students will also take two additional DSINQ courses if they are not transferred at the time of admission.

Major Requirements

 

Liberal Arts Core Required Courses

The courses listed below must be completed by all students in this program. They will all meet certain Liberal Arts Core requirements.
EN 350The American Dream *

3

HI 339Ethnicity and Immigration *

3

PH 309Ethical Theory *

3

PSY 101General Psychology *

3

PSY 230Abnormal Psychology *

3

TRS 351SLChristian Ethics in the Contemporary World *

3

Major Required Courses

To fulfill the requirements of the major, all students in this program will take the following coursework in a sequence determined in collaboration with a faculty advisor. Some courses also satisfy Liberal Arts Core and/or University Requirements.
LS 301Readings and Portfolio Writing

6

LS 400Liberal Studies Internship *

1

LS 420Senior Seminar *

3

In lieu of EN 102 and LS 300, students in these tracks will complete LS 301.

Tracks

Students must complete all courses in both the Leadership and Systems Thinking tracks.

Leadership Track

Students must complete all of the following courses. Some courses also satisfy University Requirements.

COMM 310Career and Professional Communication

3

EN 225Heroes, Antiheroes, and Superheroes *

3

MGT 304Organizational Management

3

MKT 301Principles of Marketing

3

 
Systems Thinking Track

Students must complete all of the following courses. Some courses also satisfy University Requirements.

COMM 315Writing for Digital Media *

3

GEND 300Advanced Gender Studies

3

IT 345Human Computer Interaction

3

 

PH 305Business Ethics *

3

OR

PH 305SLBusiness Ethics *

3

Sample Degree Plan — Liberal Studies (A.A.S. to B.A.)

 

Year One - Fall

LS 301Readings and Portfolio Writing

6

COMM 310Career and Professional Communication

3

EN 225Heroes, Antiheroes, and Superheroes *

3

DSINQ course if not transferred *

Students should take one (1) DSINQ course if it was not transferred at the time of admission.

Year One - Summer

TRS 100Theological Inquiry *

3

HI Introductory History (HI-1) core course *

3

TRS 100: TRS-1 core course

Year One - Spring

COMM 315Writing for Digital Media *

3

PH 100Introduction to Philosophy *

3

PSY 101General Psychology *

3

MGT 304Organizational Management

3

DSINQ course if not transferred *

COMM 315: WI course

PH 100: PH-1 core course

MGT 304: WI course

PSY 101: SS-1 core course

Students should take one (1) DSINQ course if it was not transferred at the time of admission.

Year Two - Fall

PH 305Business Ethics *

3

OR

PH 305SLBusiness Ethics *

3

 

EN 350The American Dream *

3

IT 345Human Computer Interaction

3

PSY 230Abnormal Psychology *

3

PH 305: PH-E core course

EN 350: WI and LT-2 core course

PSY 230: GP and SS-2 core course


Year Two - Spring

LS 420Senior Seminar *

3

PH 309Ethical Theory *

3

GEND 300Advanced Gender Studies

3

MKT 301Principles of Marketing

3

LS 420: DSINQ and WI course

PH 309: PH-E core course


Year Two - Summer

HI 339Ethnicity and Immigration *

3

TRS 351SLChristian Ethics in the Contemporary World *

3

LS 400Liberal Studies Internship *

1

HI 339: HI-2 core course

TRS 351: TRS-E core course


* Fulfills Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements. See University Requirements and the Liberal Arts Core and the Course Descriptions for further information.