Career and Leadership Development

Liberal Studies

The Liberal Studies major is designed for students who want a broad liberal arts background and the flexibility to tailor their studies to their own needs, interests and career goals. The major encompasses study of a wide range of disciplines, including the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences, which enable students to develop breadth of vision, a capacity for critical thinking, and a fundamental understanding of human nature, society and values. The major also fosters development of skills and abilities employers consider most important, such as problem solving, analytical thinking, interpersonal relations and communications skills, among others. Applied minors such as Professional Business Studies, Public Relations, and Legal Studies complement this major especially well. The Liberal Studies major is particularly appropriate for non-traditional, returning and transfer students who wish to complete a degree. Every effort is made to include applicable transfer courses within the major whether they have UW-W equivalents or not, and courses are scheduled to accommodate working adults.

Emphases within the major:

36 Credit Major with a Minor (BA or BS)
54 Credit Broadfield Major Without a Minor (BA or BS)

Major skills acquired:

Appreciation of the Fine and Performance arts
Creative Expression
Drawing Conclusions from Complex Information
Effective Oral and Written Communication Skills
Generating, Organizing and Testing Knowledge
Integrating and Synthesizing Knowledge
Living Responsibly in an Interdependent World
Making Sound Ethical and Value Judgements
Problem-Solving using Computers and Mathematics
Thinking Critically and Analytically
Understanding and Applying Interpersonal Skills
Understanding and Appreciating Diverse Cultures
Understanding Scientific Method

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles number). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.
Corporate Communications
Customer Service
Government/Public Service
Non-profit Organizations
Public Relations Coordinator
Retail Sales and Management

Representative employers that have hired our students:

American Family Insurance - Madison, WI
Bruner Realty - Madison, WI
Data Dimensions - Janesville, WI
Knowles Produce & Trading Company - Lomira, WI
Marcus Theaters - Oshkosh, WI
Michael Fields Agriculture Institute - East Troy, WI
Sherwin Williams - Lake Geneva, WI
Ten Chimneys Foundation - Genesee Depot, WI
Ultratec - Madison, WI
UW Health - Madison, WI
UW-Whitewater - Whitewater, WI
WN Yoss Construction - Janesville, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary - Evanston, IL
Plymouth University - Plymouth, England
Syracuse University- Syracuse, New York
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, WI

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development:

UW-Whitewater Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Departmental Office, White Hall, Room 123,
Phone: 262-472-4775