Liberal Studiesnext

Medaille encourages your big ideas with a personalized, interdisciplinary education in liberal studies.

Prepare for the Workplace 

You worked as a camp counselor during summers off from school. The transferable skills you developed helped you move up quickly and you became a manager and team leader after graduation. Now you lead the admissions department at one of the top 50 universities in the country. You’re able to adapt to any situation, take complicated issues, break them down and come up with solutions. All because you wanted more and designed your own education as a liberal studies major at Medaille College.

Are you a self-motivated individual with a unique personal vision for your career? The Medaille Advantage identifies your goals and helps you achieve them with a program built specifically by you, for you.

  • Quality: Medaille presents fields of study like law, education and social services. These are all taught by leading professionals so you come away with a solid grasp of valuable critical thinking and writing skills, which is what employers want.
  • Options: Figure out exactly what you love to do with a broad sampling of courses in business, communications, computer information systems, humanities, math and science, and social sciences.
    • You can take an urban anthropology course and a class on the history of Buffalo in the same semester and have them both count toward your major.
  • Connections: Let the Career Planning office work for you. Medaille helps you select your electives based on your career interests. We also prepare you for interviews by connecting you with businesses and non-profit organizations. Medaille gets you to your dream job.


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Go Places 

Regardless of where you’ve started, Medaille’s program in liberal studies focuses and enhances your competencies. We then help you find and secure a career that’s custom-built for you. Consider the careers Medaille graduates have secured:

  • Prepare briefs and case studies as a paralegal for high-profile litigators.
  • Put your communication skills to work. Manage expectations, introduce world leaders, organize photo opportunities and prepare speeches as a marketing expert or spokesperson.
  • Further your own education as well as others’ as an elementary school teacher.
  • Travel the world and enlighten individuals as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor.

Medaille teaches you that there are no limits to your liberal studies degree. The skill set of a Medaille liberal studies student includes critical thinking, communication and writing skills. All are universally applicable assets. Every industry needs people who can write, instruct, organize and communicate effectively. Medaille gives you these indispensable skills so you can explore even more career options. Medaille students go on to:

  • Organize corporate training practices for the nation’s top retailers and banks.
  • Develop cutting edge online applications as a web production specialist.
  • Serve your community and provide its members with redeeming counseling and support system as an outreach coordinator.
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Live a Life of Opportunity 

The Medaille Advantage means that you get the support, confidence and education required to excel. You master every career opportunity you come across through Medaille’s experiential learning practices. And, as a liberal studies major, there’s even more flexibility to your education.

  • Interact: The world may be a big place, but at Medaille you’re a name, not a number. You’re on a first-name basis with your instructors at Medaille.
    • The familial environment at Medaille means that you learn with your peers alongside real world professionals.
  • Experience: Do more than read from textbooks. Learn by doing. Put your skills to the test in a required, hands-on internship at any number of organizations:
    • Coordinate international education at the International Institute of Buffalo.
    • Teach young, eager students at Firsthand Learning.
    • Foster big ideas and work with The Service Collaborative of Western New York to better your community.
    • Provide direct care and human services to those in need at People Inc.
  • Be a professional: When your instructors are researchers and practitioners in their field, that translates to real experience and real connections.
  • Get support: Focus on what you want to work toward with personalized guidance at Medaille. You get a dedicated advisement staff and an experienced faculty mentor to help you set and meet all your professional goals.
  • Make connections: Consider that you are connected through the Career Planning office. There’s an entire network of successful alumni at Medaille who are eager to help you achieve the same level of success. The opportunities are endless.
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Stay Active 

Medaille liberal studies students stay active on campus, in the community and beyond. Engaging with the local community is more than a supplement to study; it provides opportunities to explore new interests and career options. Consider these local learning opportunities as a liberal studies major at Medaille:

  • Hone your teaching skills at the Belle Center or the International Institute of Buffalo.
  • Preserve history with organizations like the Allentown Association or direct a program at the African American Cultural Center.
  • Observe the fascinating exhibits at the Buffalo Museum of Science or Albright-Knox.
  • Perform in local theatre with Shakespeare in Delaware Park or a Broadway musical at Shea’s.

Education doesn’t end in the classroom at Medaille College. Liberal studies exemplifies this commitment to a broad, lifelong education and professional success. Medaille is the place where choosing the classes that most interest you meets lifelong fulfillment. It’s where college meets career.

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Courses & Curriculum 

Liberal Studies

A.S. in Liberal Studies/B.S. in Liberal Studies

Associate in Science


Please consult the most recent Undergraduate Academic Catalog, available online at, for the official listing of courses for this program.



Medaille College concentrates on excellence in teaching, with an emphasis on personal attention to its diverse student body. Its curriculum provides a solid liberal arts and sciences foundation with early access to career-oriented education. The faculty and all of those involved in the mission of education challenge students and themselves to the highest possible standards of achievement, but that challenge is balanced by support for every individual student and a concern that each one succeeds.

General Education Core (15 credits)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3)*

ENG 100 Fundamentals of College Writing (3)

and ENG 110 College Writing (3)


ENG 110 College Writing (3)

and ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (3)**

MAT 201 Statistics and Society (3)


Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (18 credits)

Humanities Electives (6)

(May include any ART, DAN, ENG, FRE, HUM, MUS, PHI, SPA, SPE, THE, course)

Social Sciences Electives (6)

(May include any APY, CRJ, ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SSC, SOC course)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (6)


PHY, POL, PSY, RDG, SSC, SOC, SPA, SPE, or THE course)


Free Elective Component (27 credits)

May include any College course.


Because of the limited number of elective hours required for the associate degree, the in-depth concept and theme topics are not required. However, students are encouraged to organize their electives according to their future career and educational goals. In addition, students are counseled to select courses which may later lead to a baccalaureate degree.


Total 60 credit hours


*Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective.


**Students who meet the math competency must substitute a Free Elective.


Bachelor of Science



General Education Core (33 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3)*

GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America (3)

GEN 230 Creative Expression (3)

GEN 240 Scientific Discovery (3)

GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I (3)

GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (3)**

MAT 201 Statistics and Society (3)

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)


Internships (3 credits)

Any 377/477


Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (36 credits)

ENG 205 Introduction to Literature or

ENG 215 Introduction to World Literature (3 credits)

Choose any five courses from the following disciplines (15 credits):

APY 100 Introduction to Anthropology (3)

ECO 200 Macroeconomics or

ECO 201 Microeconomics (3)

GEO 110 Physical Geography (3)

HIS 100 Western Civilization or

HIS 101 World Cultures or

HIS 140 Early United States History or

HIS 150 Contemporary United States History (3)

POL 100 Introduction to Political Science or

POL 101 United States Government (3)

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3)


Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives (18 credits)

Choose six 300/400 level liberal arts and sciences electives, including:



Free Elective Component (48 credits)

May include any College course


Total 120 credit hours


*Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a Free Elective.


**Students who meet the math competency must substitute a Free Elective.



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