Liberal Studies

Ruth Vanita, Director

The Liberal Studies & Humanities Program provides an education in the international and interdisciplinary humanities. Students are able  to develop their individual interests through electives, options and minors. The Program offers its majors options in: 

  • Humanities
  • Asian Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Program offers a minor in Liberal Studies and a minor in South & South-East Asian Studies (the area comprising India and its immediate neighbors, and the Vietnam-Thailand-Indonesia region).

Liberal Studies majors choose courses from different departments, focusing on literary, philosophical and religious works from different parts of the globe. Liberal Studies offers innovative multidisciplinary courses that incorporate the tools of such disciplines as literary studies, history, philosophy, religious studies, gender studies and art history. We aim to help students develop the ability to read with comprehension,  write correctly, form logical arguments based on evidence, and gain understanding of historical, literary, philosophical and religious   contexts. These are skills prized by employers. Students who graduate from the program will be prepared to enter various fields in the private and public sectors, pursue further professional or academic training, and will be better prepared to function as global citizens.

Majors in Liberal Studies may not take any course work presented for the major for CR/NCR. Upper–level students transferring into this program should have at least a C average in all credits attempted. The upper-division writing expectation must be met by successfully completing an upper-division writing course from the approved list in the General University Requirements section of this catalog (such as LSH 484).

Undergraduate Degrees Available

Subject Type Option Track
Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts Asian Studies
Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts General Liberal Studies
Liberal Studies Bachelor of Arts Religious Studies
Liberal Studies Minor

Department Faculty


  • Paul Dietrich, Professor of Religious Studies and Liberal Studies
  • Ruth Vanita, Professor

Associate Professors

  • Bradley Clough, Associate Professor of Liberal Studies (Asian Religions)
  • Nathaniel Levtow, Director, Humanities Institute; Associate Professor (Religious Studies)

Adjunct Faculty

  • Beth Hubble, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Women''s Studies


  • Mark Hanson, Lecturer of Liberal Studies