Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies

Studies in this interdisciplinary curriculum provides knowledge of human society within a historical, social, physical and aesthetic framework.

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Liberal Studies Guided Pathway here.

Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies

CourseCreditsDescription
ENG103 College Composition I: Engaged Citizens3The course examines what it means to be an engaged citizen in 21-centry America. By exploring foundation documents such as the Declaration of Independence and early Greek democracies, along with modern interpretations of participatory citizenship, this class asks students to question what makes a person an engaged citizen. Students will write frequently in the course, culminating in a research paper. Students will also give multiple in-class presentations and work collaboratively.
ENG104 College Composition II: Engaged Citizens3This course uses poetry, drama and short fiction to explore what it means to be an engaged 21st century citizen. Students will read a variety of texts from early Greek drama to modern multicultural short stories as they examine what it means to participate in citizenship. Students will write frequently, culminating in a research paper. Students will also present and work collaboratively on projects.
ACT111 First Year Experience – Part 11Through a variety of activities, students will be introduced to college resources and opportunities in the College community. Class activities will be directed toward helping students take responsibility for their own learning, career exploration and becoming engaged in college activities and activities of civic engagement. Course topics will include goal setting, academic advisement, study skills, note taking, time management and research. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Course cannot be repeated. Freshmen course
ACT112 First Year Experience – Part 21Through a variety of activities and learning opportunities, students will explore career options and major choices, as well as participate in research writing and in-class presentations. Topics include focused career inventories, interviews with local non- profits and guided research projects, leading to a research paper and presentation. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course.
Math Elective3The Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies requires students to take three Mathematic credits.
English Elective3The Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies requires students to choose one of the following:
ENG210 British Literature
ENG211 American Literature
ENG212 World Literature
Fine Arts Elective3The Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies requires students to take three Fine Arts credits.
REL206 Faith Traditions3This course provides students with the foundational concepts and beliefs of the major faith traditions with an emphasis on how these beliefs can be accommodated in the workplace and classroom. Students will read primary belief texts, write papers on ways these beliefs are embodied and perform in-class presentations.
PSY102 Intro to Psychology3This course provides an overview of the major areas of psychological study including biology and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Historical and current theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior will be reviewed and the student will be introduced to scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. This is a basic course intended for both psychology majors and others interested in the field of psychology.
History Elective3The Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies requires students to take one of the following:
HIS101World Civilization I
HIS102 World Civilization II
HIS103 US History I HIS104 US History II
Science Elective3/4The Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies requires students to choose one of the following:
SCI105 Life Science I
SCI107 Integrated Science I
BIO101 Biology I (4 credits)
CHE101 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
INT201 Conflict, Cooperation and Community3This course provides students with frameworks to engage in healthy conflict resolution, as well as the tools to promote interpersonal cooperation. Students will engage in cross- cultural community building, research various strategies for the promotion of cooperation and present findings to their peers. Additionally, the course will require students to demonstrate what they have learned in class in a variety of out-of-classroom experiences.
General Electives27/28The Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies requires students to take 27/28 general credits.
Total60