Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2004 - 2005
Bachelor of Arts
Faculty: Jan Droegkamp, Rosina Neginsky, Annette VanDyke
*Associated Faculty: Peter Boltuc
Adjunct Faculty: Holly McCracken
*Faculty members from all UIS colleges participate in the liberal
studies program as mentors and resource persons.
Contact: (217) 206-6962; toll free (800) 323-9243
The liberal studies program structure
emphasizes the integration of key learning categories with
a variety of instructional methods to form a well-rounded and individualized
academic experience. Through customized learning activities,
liberal studies program assists students to deepen their understandings
of the values, meaning, concerns, choices, and commitments
are basic to the quality of life.
Liberal studies (LIS) learners design individualized degree
plans consistent with the principles of a liberal education.
are many coursework alternatives that may be part of this
plan -- self-assessment,
independent study, multidisciplinary courses/studies, and
credit for prior learning assessment. Although degree plans must
broad enough to meet the interdisciplinary goals of the program,
may choose a thematic focus for their programs. Examples
are international studies, women's studies, African-American studies,
or human resource
development. In addition, students may focus their studies
in distinct areas such as health and human services, education
workforce development, business and management, or science
and technology. Students should be aware that not all of
available to students taking classes on campus are available
Learners have a good chance for success in the liberal studies
program if they are self-directed, able to plan ahead and
meet deadlines, disciplined enough to organize individualized
of study, and able to work independently setting and meeting
Students can complete the curriculum in the classroom,
entirely online via the Internet, or in combination.
formats offer individualized instruction, advising, and
Studies Online enables learners to complete course work
using the latest computer-assisted technology for increased
resources, advisers, and materials. Students who choose
to participate in Liberal Studies Online should be comfortable
information technologies, navigating the Internet, using
e-mail, and learning from a distance.
To apply for admission to the liberal studies program,
students must have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours
at the lower-division
level, have a grade-point average of 2.00 or higher
(on a 4.00 scale) from an accredited college or university,
three semester hours of English composition (as the
requirement for general admission to UIS). Students
who have earned associate
of arts or science degrees have met all these requirements.
In addition, students may transfer up to 60 semester
hours of lower-division
credit from a community college, take courses from
other regionally accredited colleges/universities, and qualify
to earn credit
through the credit for prior learning assessment process.
Liberal Studies Online Students wishing to participate
in the Liberal Studies Online program must successfully
application process. Online students must have some
experience using a personal computer and navigating
For students who encounter problems accessing the
courseware, materials, or
other course components, UIS' Office of Technology
Enhanced Learning provides ongoing technical support.
program and technology requirements are available
on the Liberal Studies
Online website at http://www.uis.edu/liberalstudies/.
Students without access to a computer and who live
in one of the participating Illinois community
about accessing computers and technical support
at their local community colleges though a statewide
Virtual Campus (www.ivc.illinois.edu).
Required 6 Hrs.
LIS 301 Self-Directed Learning 4 Hrs.
LIS 451 Senior Seminar 2 Hrs.
LIS electives 4 Hrs.
*LIS 380 Exploration of Learning Resources 2-8
LIS 342 Conducting Liberal Studies Research 2
*LIS 499 Independent Study: Tutorial 2-8 Hrs.
*LIS 471 Honors Thesis 2 Hrs.
* There are no classroom meetings for these courses.
Students sign independent study contracts with
UIS Requirements 12 Hrs.
Campus Electives 38 Hrs.
Students choose electives
that address the following eight broad subject categories, also
to as subject area
Identity, the search for meaning
Work, the value of vocation
Nature, ecology of the planet
Institutions, the social web
Language, the crucial connection
Heritage, the living past
Art, the esthetic dimension
Tools, those skills and abilities critical
a customized learning program, as well
navigating life, career, etc.
Total 60 Hrs.
All competencies necessary to attain
the student's goals, including communication
addressed in the
degree plan. Assessment
of written communication skills occurs
when the student conducts a self-assessment
preparing the plan
and the LIS 301 instructor
assesses his/her written communication
skills as documented by the plan. The
experiences to acquire any needed skills
LIS 301 instructor.
These learning experiences are included
as part of the degree plan. Completion
skills as required by UIS.
Campus policy allows students to choose
a traditional grading scale or a
credit/no credit option
for each course. The
program conforms to this policy in
except LIS 301 and LIS 451, which
are offered only on a
credit/no credit basis.