Program Description BSC's suggested coursework in liberal arts is designed to help students investigate several academic areas known collectively as the arts and sciences. The 61-credit program includes two years of foreign language and required courses in a laboratory science, English composition, speech, history and math. Students may choose 21 credits in elective courses to explore more options. The curriculum is also appropriate for humanities-based majors such as history, art, music, theater, language, religion or philosophy.
Preparation The hallmark of a liberal arts education is the preparation it gives for lifelong learning. BSC's suggested liberal arts curriculum is a good beginning for students still deciding on a career choice. Liberal arts majors often possess the ability to define problems and tasks, plan and execute research, organize ideas and solutions, and learn what they need to know to accomplish a task. They are inquisitive, creative, flexible, good communicators and work well on teams.
Program Rrequirements Students completing the suggested curriculum earn an Associate in Arts degree.
Those studying liberal arts should work closely with an advisor to define their academic major and minor during sophomore year and to identify potential employers and entry-level positions.
BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor's degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer institution for possible BSC course modifications, if needed.
Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.
Career Opportunities Graduates of liberal arts programs often find employment in academia, small business, government and industry. Career possibilities depend heavily on selected major and minor. In general, the breadth of knowledge of a liberal arts background combined with good communication and computer skills signals to recruiters an applicant's adaptability to a wide range of jobs. Experts suggest selecting the business you wish to work in, and then study it in detail to learn how to map skills to a specific job.