Liberal Studies

 

Areas of Concentration


An "area of concentration" might be thought of as a miniature major within the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) program of study. It consists of 42 credit hours in one of four tracks.

Students interested in pursuing an area of concentration should consult with an advisor in the Office of Liberal Studies.

Select one of the following tracks:

Track 1: General Liberal Studies
Course Credit
3000 level or above with a grade no lower than a C for each course.
All 15 credit hours must be from the same Armstrong major, minor or program of study and be approved by the Director of Liberal Studies.
15
Electives 27
Total 42
 
Track 2: Philosophy
Course Credit
PHIL at 3000 level or above with a grade no lower than a C for each course. 21
Electives 21
Total 42
 
Track 3: International Affairs
Course Credit
Select one of the following (If not taken in the core curriculum or in the Liberal Studies major field courses)
  • POLS 1150 – World Politics
  • POLS 2290 – Foundations of International Relations
3
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001
(If not taken in the core curriculum or in the Liberal Studies major field courses)
6-9
Select 15 credit hours from the list below, in at least 3 different disciplines:
  • CRJU 3120 – Illegal Immigration
  • CRJU 3600 – International Crimes
  • CRJU 5520U – Comparative Judicial Systems
  • ECON 3100 – Multinational Economic Enterprises
  • ECON 3200 – International Trade
  • ECON 3460 – Economics of Immigration
  • ECON 4310 – International Finance
  • ECON 4330 – International Economics
  • ECON 4400 – Seminar in the Third World Economic Development
  • ECON 4450 – Comparative Economics
  • EURO 3990 – Topics in European Union Studies
  • EURO 4500 – Seminar in European Union Studies
  • ENGL 5200U – Postcolonial Literature
  • ENGL 5215U – Literature of the Non-Western World
  • GEOG 5550U – Geography of South Asia
  • HIST 3100 – History of Latin America to 1850
  • HIST 3110 – History of Latin America Since 1850
  • HIST 3150 – History of Africa to 1800
  • HIST 3160 – History of Africa Since 1800
  • HIST 3200 – Traditional China
  • HIST 3210 – Modern China
  • HIST 3220 – History of Japan
  • HIST 3225 – History of the Ancient Near East
  • HIST 3230 – History of Middle East
  • HIST 3300 – Modern Russia
  • HIST 3330 – Modern Germany
  • HIST 3360 – Modern East Central Europe
  • HIST 3390 – Modern France
  • HIST 5100U – Topics in Latin American History
  • HIST 5150U – Topics in Middle Eastern History
  • HIST 5200U – Topics in African History
  • HIST 5250U – Topics in Asian History
  • HIST 5300U – History of Russian and Soviet Foreign Policy
  • HIST 5480U – Topics in European History
  • HIST 5490U – Topics in European Intellectual and Cultural History
  • HIST 5500U – Topics in British History
  • HIST 5540U – Topics in U.S. Foreign Relations
  • LWSO 4172 – Terrorism and National Security Law
  • PHIL 3200 – Technology, Society, and Human Values
  • POLS 3340 – Politics and Ideology in Contemporary Europe
  • POLS 4172 – Terrorism and National Security Law
  • POLS 4200 – Independent Study in International Relations
  • POLS 4400 – Independent Study in Comparative Government
  • CRJU 5130U/POLS 5130U – Political Terrorism
  • POLS 5210U – International Law
  • POLS 5220U – Theory of International Relations
  • POLS 5250U – International Organizations
  • POLS 5260U – Media and Politics in Latin America
  • POLS 5290U – American Foreign Policy
  • POLS 5300U – Marxism, Socialism, and Democracy
  • POLS 5420U – Politics of the Middle East
  • POLS 5430U – African Politics
  • POLS 5440U – Latin American Politics
  • POLS 5450U – Political Sociology of Nationalism
  • POLS 5460U – Governments of East Asia
  • POLS 5490U – Political Transformation of the Former Soviet Union
  • POLS 5510U – Third World National
  • POLS 5520U – Comparative Judicial Systems
  • POLS 5530U – Global Environmental Politics
  • POLS 5560U – Comparative Foreign Policy
  • SOCI 5450U – Political Sociology of Nationalism
15
Electives 15-27
Total 42
 
Track 4: Sociology
Course Credit
Note: All courses in the Sociology track must be completed with a grade of C or better.
MATH 2200- Elementary Statistics, If not completed in the core curriculum. (Grade of C or better) 3
SOCI 3360 – Social Theory (Grade of C or better) 3
Select one of the following (Grade of C or better)
  • SOCI 3400 – Methods of Social Research
  • CRJU 3100 – Research Methods
  • POLS 4950 – Political Research Methods
3
SOCI at 3000 level or above 15
Electives 18-21
Total 42