Arts & Sciences

Liberal Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary program that advances the pursuit of broad knowledge and integrative thinking in the academic tradition of the liberal arts.


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The Liberal Studies program is an interdisciplinary program that allows you to dive into multiple areas of interest. You can tailor the degree to two or three of your own chosen disciplines, meaning one liberal studies major could have a very different experience from the next. Finlandia allows you to personalize your college experience so you can get the most out of your time here. 

Featured Minor – Finnish & Nordic Studies

Finnish & Nordic Studies minors build an understanding of aspects of Nordic history, culture, and society with a special focus on Finland, which can be arranged to correspond directly with your major field, or to call to your unique interests separate from your major.


Liberal Studies is known to be one of the broadest career fields out there. It’s a career that can be shaped and molded solely based on your interests and what you want out of it. With a degree in liberal studies, you could go into social work, education, law, the medical field, retail, graduate school and so much more. There’s a beauty in not being confined to one discipline after graduation. You can change your mind just about any time and go anywhere.

"For future students I would highly recommend the liberal studies major at Finlandia. The degree is very flexible where you can pick courses that interest you, and have two or three areas of concentration. If I could do it all over again I would choose the same degree. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try a new field of study. I made the leap to take an American history course, and ended up with a concentration in history. College is a time to explore yourself and find your passion, and the variety of courses at Finlandia allow you to do so."

Alex Chutskoff ('15)

"Like a lot of freshmen, you don't really know what you want to do. Coming to college, you're kind of confused and you don't really know what program you want to go into. I didn't want to go into the strictly business field because I wasn't sure I was going to do very well in the math sections of business. So, I decided to go with liberal arts. It gave me an opportunity to really expand and pick different concentrations for my major."

Brittany Coleman ('15)


Amanda Maleche

Leading the Pride dives into Liberal Studies with alumna and Executive Director at Anthology Senior Living, Amanda Maleche (’12). Maleche, who transferred to FinnU after two years at the University of Michigan-Flint campus, originally started her college career in nursing before switching majors after doing the Service Learning Program and going to Tanzania. She has held a number of jobs in world of geriatrics including activities coordinator, business office director, and assisted living coordinator.

Listen as host Olivia Myers and Maleche talk about the value of a liberal studies degree, how servant leadership guides her career and how her experience in Tanzania influenced the rest of her life.


  • Communication/Personal Perspective: Explain ideas and concepts through written, verbal, and technological communication skills.
  • Analytic and Critical Thinking: Integrate strong critical thinking skills through discovery, analysis, and application of knowledge.
  • Analytic and Critical Thinking/Creative Insight: Utilize effective problem solving skills using the scientific method, logic, creative thought processes, and interpersonal skills.
  • Creative Insight/Global Perspective: Acquire a depth of knowledge in chosen fields of study with support from practical experiences outside of the classroom.

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Finlandia University Teach-Out Institutions

May 16, 2023

Updated May 16, 2023

On Thursday, March 2, Finlandia University’s Board of Trustees announced that FinnU will not enroll students for the 2023-2024 academic year. Announced Tuesday, March 14, the University’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to dissolve the institution and wind up affairs in an orderly manner.

Finlandia has finalized eight Teach-Out Agreements with Adrian College, Bay College, Michigan Technological University, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Northern Michigan University, University of Dubuque, Waldorf University, and Wartburg College. Several non-partnering institutions have […] Read More

Relive Graduation Day 2023 at Finlandia University | Photo Gallery & Livestreams

May 11, 2023

Finlandia University held its final Spring Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 7, honoring 92 graduates in the Class of 2023. Following commencement, a commendation service was held for Finlandia University students, staff, faculty, alumni, neighbors and friends, commending the University and its 126 years of service.

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Finlandia honors legacy, Class of 2023 with final commencement and commendation ceremonies

May 10, 2023

Founded in 1896 as Suomi College, Finlandia University held its final spring commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 7, honoring 92 graduates in the Class of 2023. In March, the University announced the decision to dissolve the institution and not enroll students for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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President Timothy Pinnow congratulates student at FinnU’s Spring 2023 Commencement Ceremony.

Delivering the welcome address was Board Trustee Stephen Nikander, whose great-grandfather founded the institution and whose grandfather served […] Read More

Faculty and Staff

Cassandra Hill, Ph.D.

Dean & Associate Professor of Communication


William Knoblauch

Associate Professor, History


Jason Oyadomari

Associate Professor of Biology

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