Liberal Studies

The Liberal Studies B.A. program is designed for students who have many interests and want maximum flexibility in course selection.

Instead of majoring in one particular field, Liberal Studies students select concentrations from two or three different academic disciplines. Students who have earned an abundance of college credits but have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree are also good candidates for the Liberal Studies program.


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Program policy

At least one discipline in a student’s program must be completed by courses at Finlandia University. At least 36 credits must be at the 300-level or higher.

Liberal Studies Disciplines

Choose 2 or 3 disciplines from the following:

  • Communication 21 credits
  • Criminal Justice 21 credits
  • English Language & Literature 21 credits
  • Finnish and Nordic Studies 21 credits
  • History 21 credits
  • Philosophy 21 credits
  • Psychology 21 credits
  • Religion 21 credits
  • Science minimum of 23 credits
  • Social Sciences 21 credits
  • Sociology 21 credits
  • Student Proposed 21 credits

A student may propose a course of study that is not offered at Finlandia University via courses taken at Finlandia, or at another college or university, or through experiential learning. The proposed course of study could consist of material in a single discipline or an interdisciplinary topic. The dean of the Suomi College of Arts and Sciences must approve all proposed concentrations.


Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas.

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What you will learn

Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program that is built on the liberal arts general education program. Students are encouraged to propose creative, interdisciplinary areas of study or traditional liberal studies fields, with emphasis on special topics courses and independent work to unify the theme. Students should work with their advisors to develop student-proposed concentrations within their disciplines of interest.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Express ideas and concepts through written, verbal, and technological communication skills.
  • Incorporate strong critical thinking skills through discovery, analysis, and application of knowledge.
  • Utilize effective problem solving skills using the scientific method, logic, creative thought processes, and interpersonal skills.
  • Acquire a depth of knowledge in chosen fields of study with support from practical experiences outside of the classroom.
Aggie PietilaAdministrative Assistant, SCASFinlandia Universityaggie.pietila@finlandia.edu906-487-7513
Jason OyadomariAssociate Professor of Biology & Interim Dean of Suomi College of Arts and SciencesFinlandia Universityjason.oyadomari@finlandia.edu906-487-7381

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