Most often the choice of future elementary school teachers, the Liberal Studies major is the broadest major in the university curriculum. Students take a wide range of courses in all academic divisions of the university. The major requires foundational and advanced courses in the traditional liberal arts fields: humanities, fine and performing arts, mathematics and science, and the social sciences. In addition, students choose a twelve-unit concentration for depth in one field of study.
At Holy Names University, the Liberal Studies program has two options:
- Option I: a subject matter program approved by the California State Commission on Teacher Credentialing that meets one requirement for admission to a multiple subject teaching credential program;
- Option II: a program that offers students the intellectual challenge of a degree encompassing the broad spectrum of the liberal arts. For both options, the major’s complex requirements demand that students keep in close contact with their advisor during their study at HNU.