Liberal Studies – Program Features

Project-Based Learning

Liberal Studies allows students to create individualized programs of study with concentrations in art history, music, political science or the physical sciences. Students may also develop thematic concentrations representing areas such as international studies or women studies.

Liberal Studies majors build an individualized plan of study with the help of an advisor. Students maintain a portfolio documenting activities and coursework that fulfill the liberal studies plan and then present the plans to the Liberal Studies Committee and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Maryville’s Liberal Studies graduates are prepared to succeed in a variety of careers including management, government, public service and communications. They have gone on to earn graduate and law degrees, earned stock broker licenses and teach in primary and secondary schools. They are writers and editors, social workers and bankers.

This program is available online.

Professional Partnerships

Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few. Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.