Liberal Studies

The UMF Liberal Studies program gives you the opportunity to pursue a general liberal arts education while also acquiring valuable career proficiency. Designed for maximum flexibility, it offers real-world skills and a broad-based liberal arts education designed to match the kinds of broad skill sets employers tell us they’re looking for in today’s college graduates. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore Liberal Studies at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in any of the ACE courses (152, 177, 194).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Meghan Price at The Partnership for Civic Engagement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington:

Can I minor in Liberal Studies? Are there related majors at UMF?

UMF does not have a minor in Liberal Studies. Students should review all of the minors at UMF since a requirement of the Liberal Studies degree is to complete at least 24 credits in one discipline. Click here for a list of minors.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

The program will prepare you for employment in a variety of careers, depending on your interest. It also provides you with a strong foundation for graduate-level study.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Talking to faculty or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How do I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with one of the contact people for this major:  Dr. George Miller or Lori Soucie (,

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office).