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StudentLiberal Studies is an integrative, self-designed major.  Students in the program choose courses to build an area of expertise (minimum of 27 credit hours), called a focus.  All students in the program also select another 21 credit hours of courses that must be distributed across the various disciplines of the arts and sciences: this is what makes the program "liberal."  

The programmatic goal is to allow students to put together different content areas or disciplines as they design a focus that emphasizes technical or practical skills and that allows them to obtain, in addition to the degree, a certificate, or a minor in a particular program of study.  These foci are often the means to obtain a degree that is not offered at Frostburg or that is offered only as a preparatory program.  Other students want to “think outside the box” in a highly creative way.  Students are encouraged to consult with many different faculty mentors in order to select the appropriate courses that compose their unique degree program.

Some students discover the program of Liberal Studies early in their career.  Others come to Liberal Studies after having discovered as juniors or seniors that their current major does not effectively, or efficiently, lead to the career path in which they are interested.  Since the program encourages thinking pragmatically about post-graduate activities, other students use Liberal Studies as a way to increase success in a graduate program of study.  Transfer students often find Liberal Studies an attractive degree program because it can allow them to continue working on coursework towards a major for which they may have transferred as much as 50% of the credits.

Some suggestions for focus areas include:

African-American Studies International Business
Art History Latin-American Studies
Arts in Education Leadership
Coaching Pre-Medical Professions
Child & Adolescent Counseling Pre-Pharmacy
Education Public Relations
  Women’s/Gender Studies

When a student is interested in Liberal Studies, he or she should contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Tom Sigerstad (

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Tom Sigerstad
Framptom 326

Maureen Lauder
Hitchins 213