Liberal Studies

Freedom and flexibility to accommodate your particular interests.

Opportunities to analyze and solve problems using a broad range of methods and disciplines.

Emphasis on community engagement and problem solving. The program lends itself to consideration of the common good from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

And how this helps graduates find a career or additional education.

Career Examples
  • Account manager
  • Human resource specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Producer
  • Public relations specialist
  • Writer


Program Information

Interdisciplinary course of study combining courses from at least two academic disciplinary areas. Students take part in experiences including service learning, internships, research, study/travel abroad, and cultural immersion. (Academic description)


Liberal Studies

Liberal Studies is a multidisciplinary degree that takes in aspects of many fields within the humanities. A degree in liberal studies can be used for a wide variety of post-graduate paths, and is great for those who have an interest in primarily studying history or philosophy in college. Liberal arts majors consistently perform well in the workplace and in admittance into law and business school, as well as graduate programs.  Liberal Studies teaches research, evidence evaluation, communication, and problem solving. Those following this path oftentimes follow a history or philosophy tract, allowing for a more specialized focus of study.


Legal Studies (Minor)

The legal studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor that gives students the opportunity to explore legal issues in a variety of ways. Some students may be interested in applying to law school upon graduation and wish to gain an intellectual base in legal studies at the undergraduate level. Others, however, have an interest in the law and, therefore, pursue the minor in order to further their interests in the subject and to complement their major—generally one in the humanities. Through a combination of business law, philosophy, and criminal justice courses, students can complete the legal studies minor. The total credits of the minor requirements are 18. Transfer course and waivers and/or substitutions could modify these credit totals.

Art (Minor)

Art is a timeless means of communicating human experience.  Artistic, creative abilities help move our civilization forward. Students undertaking the art minor at Viterbo University learn what it means to recognize and create sound works of art, and to understand the art forms of cultures throughout history. The art minor provides students with meaningful opportunities to study and practice artistic methods, techniques, and media, embedded with intellectual inquiry and critical analysis. In this minor, students are mentored in their quest to answer relevant questions, like:  How do I generate ideas and discern their strength? How do I turn my ideas into strong, original art forms? How do I craft them with my hands? How might I use art and my creative abilities to serve my community? Students majoring in all disciplines are encouraged to undertake an art minor to enhance their learning experience as they prepare for life beyond college. The minor consists of an 18-credit sequence of courses in studio art and art history. Students are required to take two Foundations courses, one course in art history, and nine credits in studio electives. Studio courses are offered in painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, and graphic design. 

Philosophy (Minor)

Philosophy is being recognized more and more as one of the strongest and most versatile fields of study. In fact, we live in an age where employers want employees to be more than just knowledgeable in their chosen field, employers want critical thinkers, clear communicators, and ethical decision makers. These skills are central to the study of philosophy, and are taught to students pursuing the philosophy minor. This minor is a great supplement for those going into the business world, law, or public policy. 

Ethics (Minor)

Employers state that moral decision-making is one of the most important skills that employees can have, yet this area of study is rarely recognized on transcripts and degrees as an area of competency. The ethics minor at Viterbo University teaches students both the interdisciplinary nature of many moral problems as well as the value of ethical reasoning and ethical theory. Having  a minor in ethics is a great way to be prepared to deal with the complexity of the real world. 

Political Science (Minor)

Students pursuing a political science minor deepen their knowledge on how governments, institutions, public policy, and political behavior work in the modern world. The political science minor at Viterbo University helps students who plan on entering careers in government service, public policy, journalism, and other related professions. Many students study political science to help prepare for law school and other graduate programs as well. 

History (Minor)

Studying history prepares students with a wealth of world knowledge--both past and present. Encouraging curiosity and mindfulness of the events that shape civilization throughout world history defines the choice of this minor. History gives access to all areas of the globe, and the ability to connect ideas across cultures serves students well in their education and career. Studying history grants students a unique opportunity to supplement their skills in written and oral communication, while also learning to be informed citizens of the world.

Servant Leadership (Minor)

A minor in servant leadership at Viterbo University provides an opportunity for individuals to develop and deepen their vocation to engage in competent, creative, and faithful leadership that works for the common good. Those with this minor generally plan on serving as a leader in ministry, non-profit organizations, or business.  The total credits of the minor requirements are 15. Transfer course, waivers and/or substitutions, and prerequisite courses could modify these credit totals.

Latin American and Latino/a Studies (Minor)

The Spanish language is ever-growing in popularity, and now almost 15% of Americans speak it. Having an enriched knowledge of Latin culture and the Spanish language is a valuable trait in modern America. The Latin American Studies minor at Viterbo University is a great route for improving the competency skills of students, which helps enrich a skill set that is valuable in the health care, education, business, social work, and communication fields, among others.  This minor promotes two significant outcomes. The first is to raise awareness of social justice issues related to Latin America populations, and Latinos in the United States. The other is to encourage local, national and international engagement and advocacy toward social justice issues in Latin America, and Latinos in the United States.  


The Viterbo University pre-law program is designed to offer students a meaningful and liberal education at the baccalaureate level. The pre-law program at Viterbo University has two philosophic purposes – to prepare students for successful entry into an accredited law school; and to prepare students scholastically so as to facilitate successful completion of a graduate degree in law.

Students interested in a law career are individually counseled by the pre-law advisor who suggests a program of study and provides information on law school application.

Pre-law students are advised to focus on undergraduate majors which develop reading, writing, and critical thinking. This may be more important than focusing on specific content. Maintenance of a relatively high undergraduate grade point average is very important for successful law school admission. Recommended undergraduate majors include, but are not limited to, accounting, criminal justice, management, English, and psychology. Minors in history, philosophy, and sociology should also be considered. Pre-law students will be advised concerning other courses that will benefit them.

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