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The major in liberal studies is an interdisciplinary curriculum pathway for a bachelor’s degree that is flexible, responsive to student needs, and allows for a degree completion option at Salem State. This major serves current and prospective students in both the day and evening/continuing education divisions.

The liberal studies major ensures that students are broadly trained in areas that are tied to their academic interests or professional goals, and specifically trained in in how to integrate these areas of study to produce new knowledge and make sense of our complex world. Data show that the region, the nation and the world have high demand for students with the skills provided in a liberal studies major.

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Questions about the Liberal Studies major

In general, the liberal studies major allows you to complete your bachelor’s degree in a flexible and timely way. In particular, the liberal studies major ensures that you are both broadly trained in areas that are tied to your academic interests or professional goals, and specifically trained in how to integrate these areas of study to produce new knowledge and make sense of our complex world.

As such, this major provides you with 21st century skills in high demand. Employers in all sectors want employees who are broadly educated and who can integrate, synthesize and innovate. Additionally, these skills are precisely those that position you to be a strong candidate for a variety of graduate programs and a leader in your community.

When you become a liberal studies major at Salem State, your major is “liberal studies”. Your programs of study (your clusters) are whatever you decide to study. We call them “clusters” officially, but you can think of them as sub-concentrations within your major. The BLS in liberal studies is one of the official majors at Salem State and one of two majors offered by the department of interdisciplinary studies.

It's easy to represent your degree on your resume.  Here are some examples:  

Example 1
BLS, Salem State University, Liberal Studies
Degree concentrations: X, Y, and Z

Example 2
BLS, Salem State University
Major: Liberal Studies // Concentrations in: X, Y, and Z

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