What Are Liberal Arts Students Studying?
One of the strengths of the liberal arts program is the senior seminar, where students pull together their disciplinary knowledge to research and address certain societal issues, problems, or challenges based on their interests. This interdisciplinary work is an essential skill that is very valuable to future employers and graduate schools. Students often present their findings at our annual Undergraduate Research Conference as well as other professional conferences.
Students have found the flexible format of the Liberal Arts program to be an excellent way of achieving their goals. For example, several students have chosen to pursue interests around cultural diversity and Africana Studies, which has led to the new model major in Multicultural Studies.
Tara Steele continued with her interdisciplinary work after graduation and co-wrote a documentary, Tibet in Song, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance and was nominated for a Grand Jury Prize.
Another student, who recently finished a program centered around mathematics, fine arts and sociology, helped to co-write an article, based on her senior seminar, with a faculty member. The finished article was submitted to a mathematics journal for publication.