Are you interested in more than one academic discipline? Looking for flexibility and innovation within your degree program? And are you ready to help shape a community of connection, inclusion, and engagement? If so, a liberal studies major may fit right in with your academic and personal needs.

This major is comprised of a broad base of disciplines, grounded in the liberal arts tradition. As a graduate of the liberal studies program, you will develop a wide range of skills that can be adapted to your particular career goals and areas of interest. 

Your degree prepares you to… 

  • Communicate effectively 
  • Think critically and creatively 
  • Make connections across disciplines 
  • Become knowledgeable, engaged citizens of our local and global communities 
  • Assume leadership roles  
  • Apply your knowledge in all areas of your professional and personal lives 

Learn more about Liberal Studies at Parkside.

As a liberal studies major, you can pursue a concentration in organizational studies or women's and gender studies. And, when you graduate, you will be well-prepared for the variety of careers that require understanding humanity's complexity and diversity. These may include the fields of teaching, finance, graphic design, and law. Students may also pursue graduate programs in business, law, and more.


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Faculty Highlights

    Director - Liberal Studies

    After trying out careers in newspapers (writer and photographer) and book publishing (sales and marketing), Teresa decided to return to her first love: school. She earned her MA at Eastern New Mexico University, and continued her education by earning a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. She is working on a book project that examines James Fenimore Cooper through an ecocritical lens. In her spare time she can be found sailing on the waters of Lake Michigan or back in school working on her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies.


    Josh Hall is a UW-Parkside Alumnus interested in various types of abject bodies in media. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree in English from UW-Parkside, Josh attended Trent University’s Theory, Culture, and Politics Master’s Program in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, where he studied critical race theory, film studies, and age/disability studies. He defended his Master’s thesis in September 2014.


    Dr. Michael Johnson Jr., is an American cultural theorist who studies how hegemonic forces influence the depiction, adoption, consolidation and dissemination of race, gender, and queer sexual identities across contemporary mass mediated commodities like television and film. His bachelor’s degree is in Liberal Arts from the University of New Orleans, and he has a Master’s of Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Social and Political Thought from the University of South Florida. His second Master’s is in Library and Information Science from Florida State University and his Ph.D. is in American Studies from WSU.

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