The Liberal Arts Program

The liberal arts degree program at Saint Vincent College allows students to participate in an academic community where young women and men learn and develop skills that prepare them for success in both their personal and professional lives. Liberal arts is a key part of State Vincent College’s mission statement and the institution ranks as a top liberal arts college in the northeast.

To help liberal arts students succeed, they will be paired with a committed faculty member who will design an individualized plan of studies for them.

All majors will complete a research project directed by two faculty members, which results in strengthened critical thinking and writing skills.

What Can I Do With a Major in Liberal Arts?

The Liberal Arts degree program fosters the idea that education is environmental rather than compartmental, general before it can be specific. The faculty view the program to be an excellent preparation for further study in professional and graduate schools and for careers in social services, the legal field, professional health and business.

Our belief is that a person who learns how to discover, evaluate and develop a problem, how to secure the information required by these processes and why he or she does so at all is well prepared to live in a humane and valuable way.

Liberal arts is just as concerned with the plumber, the carpenter or factory worker as the poet, mathematician or philosopher and with creating from these disciplines a more meaningful life. For the primary question is always: What is man? What does it mean to be?

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How You Will Succeed
  • Participate in an academic community where young women and men learn and develop skills that prepare them for success in both their personal and professional lives.
  • Work with a committed faculty who focus on student success.
  • Design an individualized plan of studies with the guidance of a skilled faculty advisor.
  • Complete a research project directed by two faculty members which results in strengthened critical thinking and writing skills.
  • Work in a variety of fields including education, communication, environmental science, business, hospitality, sports, social science, and government.
  • Pursue professional health studies in medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, physical therapy and nursing.
  • Pursue graduate studies in such areas as education, public health rehabilitative science, biology, history and architecture.
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Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts

Liberal Arts Major Requirements (61 credits):
Physics* - 4 credits
Fine Arts * - 3 credits
AN 101   Introduction to Anthropology* or
     AN 222   Cultural Anthropology* - 3 credits
PY 100   Introduction to Psychological Science** - 3 credits
LA 200   Methods and Techniques of Research - 3 credits
LA 250   Seminar:  Readings for Liberal Arts Majors - 3 credits
LA 325   Senior Seminar for Liberal Arts Majors - 3 credits
Concentration *** - 18 credits
Minor*** - 18 credits
Total - 61 credits

*These are specific requirements for the major and do not satisfy the core.
**A major requirement which will satisfy the core.
***A maximum of six credits from the concentration and/or minor may be used to fulfill core curriculum requirements.

The Concentration
In consultation with his or her faculty adviser, the Liberal Arts major will design a concentration. The 18-credit concentration may be achieved either vertically or horizontally.

A vertical concentration focuses on covering an existing traditional academic discipline, such as history, modern language, sociology or biology, in depth.

A horizontal concentration is interdisciplinary, allowing students to take courses from a variety of different traditional academic disciplines such as history, modern language, sociology and biology.

In either concentration, the student may include only one introductory or survey level course, e.g., SO 101 Introduction to Sociology.

The student, with the guidance of the faculty adviser, identifies the form of the concentration and the courses that will comprise it. The theme and form of the concentration is determined in the fall semester of the junior year.

In addition to the self-designed option, the student may choose to fulfill the requirement by completing one of the following suggested concentrations: American Studies, Business Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Pre-Health studies and Quantitative Studies.

American Studies
HI 106  Topics in U.S. History to 1865 or
     HI 107  Topics in U.S. History since 1865 - 3 credits
EL 131  American Literature:  Exploration to Civil War or
     EL 132  American Literature:  Civil War to Present - 3 credits
TH 362  Religion in America - 3 credits
SO 200  Race and Ethnicity - 3 credits
PS 290  Institutions - 3 credits
PL 216  Ethical Problems - 3 credits

Business Studies
BA 100  Financial Accounting I - 3 credits
BA 101  Financial Accounting II - 3 credits
BA 104  Introduction to Management - 3 credits
EC 101  Principles of Microeconomics or
     EC 102  Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 credits
BA 305  Business Ethics - 3 credits
BA 320  Corporation Finance I - 3 credits

Cultural Studies
Modern Language 300 level courses - 6 credits
History (200 level that corresponds to the language) - 3 credits
AN 328  Linguistic Anthropology - 3 credits
EL 138  Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States - 3 credits
TH 380  World Religions - 3 credits

Media Studies
CA 100  Introduction to Mass Media - 3 credits
CA 130  Introduction to Digital Media - 3 credits
CA 235  Introduction to Web Design - 3 credits
CA 285  Electronic Media - 3 credits
CA 230  Writing for Media - 3 credits
EL 108  Technical Writing - 3 credits     

Pre-Health Studies
CH 101-104  General Chemistry I and II & lab - 8 credits
MA 109  Calculus I - 4 credits
CH 221-224  Organic Chemistry I and II & lab - 8 credits
PH 111-114  General Physics I and II & lab - 8 credits
Students who select this concentration must fulfill the requirements for a biology minor.

Quantitative Studies
MA 109  Calculus I - 4 credits
MA 110  Calculus II - 4 credits
PY 203  Statistics I - 3 credits
PY 204  Statistics II - 3 credits
Select one of the following:
PH 112 and PH 114 General Physics II and Lab - 4 credits
BL 152 and BL 153 General Biology II and Lab - 4 credits
CH 102 and CH 104 General Chemistry II and Lab - 4 credits

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Student Work and Research in Liberal Arts

The Academic Project
In the final semester of study, the liberal arts student must present an academic project done in the field of his or her concentration and/or minor. Because it is the culminating activity for the Liberal Arts major, the ideal project combines the concentration and the minor.

The project may take any number of forms, including:

  • thesis
  • essay
  • intellectual journal
  • poetry
  • short story
  • ·novel
  • stage design
  • art exhibit
  • physical or social science research

The sequence for the senior liberal arts project begins in the fall semester of the junior year when the student enrolls in LA 250 Methods and Techniques of Research and concludes in the spring semester of the senior year when the student presents his/her research findings at the college’s Annual Academic Research Conference.

Internships and Careers

Liberal arts jobs are available in a variety of fields including education, communication, environmental science, business, hospitality, sports, social science and government.

Many liberal arts degree students will pursue graduate studies in such areas as education, public health rehabilitative science, biology, history and architecture.

Liberal arts majors may also pursue professional health studies in medicine, dentistry, chiropractic, physical therapy and nursing.

Listed below are some examples of liberal arts careers:

  • Business
    • Hospitality
    • Management
    • Marketing
    • Sales
  • Education
    • Educational Administration
    • Elementary Education
    • Higher Education
    • Secondary Education
  • Law
    • Law Enforcement
    • Lawyer
  • Medicine
    • Chiropractor
    • Dentist
    • Physician
    • Physical Therapist
    • Physician’s Assistant
  • Social Service
    • Children and Youth Agencies
    • State and Local Government Agencies

Saint Vincent College liberal arts majors have completed successful internships at the following institutions:

  • Adelphoi Village
  • Allegheny Energy
  • Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Donovan Veterinary Clinic
  • Excela Health
  • Hillman Cancer Institute
  • Parkhurst Dining Services
  • Pennsylvania Game Commission
  • Saint Vincent College Athletic Department
  • Walgreens
  • Learning Objectives

    Completing a liberal arts major at Saint Vincent College will enable students to:

    • Integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the major, which includes the minor, concentration and required liberal arts courses.
    • Acquire strong information literacy skills.
    • Develop public speaking skills.
    • Enhance competency in written communication.
    • Think critically and analytically.