The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional StudiesQueens Campus, Staten Island Campus
The Liberal Studies Program is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the humanities, the social sciences and the sciences. The program fosters an understanding of the relationships among these disciplines and aims to provide the student with a broad based curriculum grounded in Western thought and including a global perspective. The program focuses on critical thinking, writing, and oral presentation skills, providing the students with an ability to articulate their understanding of and appreciation of the past and its influence on the present.
Instead of choosing the traditional single academic major area of study, the Liberal Studies major studies a variety of areas centered on the humanities, the social sciences and science and mathematics. A minor area includes one of the many career areas offered such as:
For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:
Admission Office - Queens Campus718-990-2000[email protected]
Admission Office - Staten Island campus718-390-4500[email protected]
Major Area Requirements52 credit hours
Humanities15 credit hours chosen from non-University core English, Philosophy and Theology courses
Social Sciences15 credit hours chosen from non-University core Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology courses
Science/Math12 credits hours chosen from non-University core Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics courses
BLS Seminar in Liberal Studies3 credit hours - only for upper seniors
The program prepares graduates who can:
Demonstrate an understanding of the methodologies used for research in the various disciplines studied in the program.
Demonstrate developed skills in researching in the various disciplines.
Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship of the various disciplines in the development of Western thought.
Demonstrate ability to analyze and synthesize arguments and apply critical thinking skills.
Demonstrate knowledge of the perspective of non-Western cultures and their significance in a global environment.
Demonstrate both oral and written communication skills.
Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location.
All St. John's students benefit from the University's many outstanding facilities and resources. Computer laboratories contain sophisticated PC and Mac workstations with a full range of the latest academic software packages.High-tech classrooms and lecture halls feature sophisticated multimedia equipment. Lounges and quiet study areas enhance the research experience in our 1.7 million-volume University Library. The 127,000-square-foot D’Angelo Center, the new University and Student Center, features high-tech classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café, full service food court as well as lounges and study areas.
Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.