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Liberal Studies


     Marymount University’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies offers both traditional undergraduates and working adults the opportunity to earn a degree by choosing two concentrations in a wide variety of fields. Known also as a “degree completion” program, the Liberal Studies major is ideal for transfer students who are seeking to complete their degree expeditiously, applying previously earned credits, and Marymount undergraduates who desire a change of program.
     Because of the program’s strong career focus, Liberal Studies permits flexibility in the student’s choice of concentrations and selection of courses. Students may choose their concentrations from a wide variety of areas, including Business and related fields, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Graphic Design and Applied or Fine Arts, Physical and Biological Sciences, and, with the approval of the dean, other fields reflecting their interests. The program is designed to help students attain that long-awaited degree and for entry to new fields, advancement in current employment, or graduate study.
     Unique to MU’s program is its triad of Liberal Studies specific courses geared to address each student’s interests and career-path. Students receive individualized attention in resume writing and other aspects of the job-seeking process, participate in an experiential internship, create a portfolio of experiential and research writings reflecting their professional interests, and engage in a capstone writing course where they explore a current controversial issue necessitating research in their two concentrations. Portfolios are frequently used in job interviews to demonstrate the student’s high level of research and writing skills and awareness of the currents in his/her fields.

Alumni of the Liberal Studies program are currently employed in diverse settings:
  • federal and state government offices
  • retail management
  • non-profits
  • counseling services, housing development
  • law enforcement
  • small business operations
  • the fashion industry
  • the military
  • national security agencies
  • high tech firms
  • the health care industry
  • public and private school teaching law and justice system offices


Approximately 41% of Liberal Studies students continue their education at the master’s and doctoral level.

Contact Information

Liberal Studies Department

Marymount University
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Questions? Call:
(800) 548-7638 or (703) 284-1560

E-mail: admissions@marymount.edu

Faculty Spotlight

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                      Photo Of Lucille Guss
Lucille Guss
Chair, Liberal Studies Program; Assistant Professor of Literature and Language

Dr. Lucille Guss's areas of specialization are Renaissance and 17th-century English literature. She chairs Marymount's Liberal Studies program.