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Liberal Studies

HSF Catching SOLstice students and faculty investigating the living shoreline at Hull Springs Farm


Liberal Studies is a cross-disciplinary major for the generalist. Most students who choose Liberal Studies are preparing to be elementary or middle school teachers, and the various tracks of this major prepare students for teaching licensure at one or both of those levels. The Liberal Studies major is also the foundation for the 5-year program in Special Education.

A major in Liberal Studies cultivates a well-rounded, well-educated student who can face the world on a broad, solid footing. Students gain an understanding of and appreciation for continued, life-long learning - an essential component of being a successful teacher and leader.

Longwood Liberal Studies graduates are highly sought after by Virginia public schools for teaching positions. The foundation provided by the Liberal Studies major and the excellent opportunities provided in the field experiences through the Department of Education and Special Education prepare students well for the professional challenges awaiting them as teachers.

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  • Do you need a little extra cash for next semester?

    If you have a GPA of 3.00 or better and are on target to graduate in May 2015, you will want to check to see if you meet the other qualifications for a nice scholarship.  http://www.bigsouthsports.com/entries/sunbelt-rentals-scholarship-program-204795420


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     Watch for the announcement of the 2015 classes.

  • Shaping Your Professional Edge

    What is your professional edge?  What distinguishes you from your peers who have the same basic credentials?  Freshmen Liberal Studies majors will consider these questions during LSEM.  If you are an upperclassman, you will want to check out the information at this link: professional edge.




Liberal Studies Students in the News:

Celebration of new "Pre-Service Teachers" - September, 2011

SOLstice2011 - August, 2011

Passing on the Pearls of Wisdom - September, 2013

Video - SOLstice 2011


Teacher-Licensure Programs



As a Liberal Studies student you are responsible for meeting the posted deadlines for field experience placements as provided by the Office of Professional Services (OPS). Please take a look at the list of deadlines and mark them on your personal calendar.  When you receive a message from OPS, please read it and respond appropriately.  Your advisor will help you with your questions, but it is your responsibility to meet these deadlines.