2020-21 Catalogs

BA in Liberal Studies-Humanities

Liberal Studies-Humanities 15-week and 7-week Online and Traditional Live Format

This major has been developed to be offered in both a traditional live format as well as in an online format. 

Finishing a degree is challenging. Work and family commitments often make it difficult to maintain steady progress toward a degree. Courses may be offered in the traditional 15-week fall and spring semesters in addition to some course availability in 7-week sessions. USM's 7-week online format offers students both the convenience of taking classes online and the opportunity to focus on one course at a time.  Students can make steady progress while taking one course per session. If life interrupts a session, the next session is right around the corner. In addition, USM offers a 4-week online winter session, and 4-week and 7-week sessions each summer. 

Liberal Studies-Humanities chair:  Jason Read (Philosophy/Liberal Studies)

Liberal Studies-Humanities faculty:  Libby Bischof (History), Christopher Beam (History), Yishai Cohen (Philosophy/Liberal Studies), Gary Johnson (History), Bud McGrath (English), Julien Murphy (Philosophy/Liberal Studies), Abraham Peck (History), Gerald Peters (English), Seth Rogoff (History), Kate Wininger (Philosophy/Liberal Studies)


Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree

All students are reminded that, in addition to meeting Departmental requirements for a major leading to a baccalaureate degree, they must also meet the requirements of the University's Core curriculum.

Major Credit and Grade Policy

Courses to be taken for major credit at other institutions must be approved in advance. Grades of C or better must be achieved in all courses for major or minor credit. Courses taken pass/fail are not acceptable.

Distinction in the Major

Graduating with distinction in the major is granted if the student's GPA in Liberal Studies-Humanities is at least 3.5 or higher upon completion of all requirements for the major.

Required Courses (36 credit hours)

  • LSH 240 Introducing the Humanities (3 credit hours)
  • LSH 340: Topics in the Humanities (3 credit hours)
  • LSH 440: Capstone Experience in the Humanities (3 credit hours)
  • HTY 101 and 102 (6 credit hours)
  • Two Philosophy courses at the 200-level and/or above (6 credit hours)
  • Two English courses at the 200-level and/or above (6 credit hours)
  • Three additional upper-level courses (300 and above) in History, English, and/or Philosophy. Students may seek to apply credits for courses beyond the traditional humanities disciplines (i.e., History, Philosophy, Literature, Art History, Classics, Political Theory, Cultural Studies, etc.), but only with the approval of the chair and in those rare, extraordinary circumstances when subject matter clearly engages subjects of humanistic inquiry. (9 credit hours)