Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2006 - 2007
Bachelor of Arts
Faculty Mary Addison-Lamb, Jan Droegkamp, Eric
Hadley-Ives, Karen Kirkendall, Rosina Neginsky, Annette VanDyke
*Associated Faculty Peter Boltuc
Program Coordinator Andy Egizi
*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
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, the liberal studies program assists
students to deepen their understandings of the values, meaning,
concerns, choices, and commitments that are basic to the quality of
Liberal studies (LIS) learners design individualized degree plans
consistent with the principles of a liberal education. There 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 be broad enough to meet the interdisciplinary
goals of the program, students 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 have a minor such as philosophy. Students
should be aware that not all of the areas available to students
taking classes on campus are available online.
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 programs of
study, and able to work independently setting and meeting goals.
Students can complete the curriculum in the classroom, entirely
online via the Internet, or in combination. All learning formats
offer individualized instruction, advising, and support. Liberal
Studies Online enables learners to complete course work using the
latest computer-assisted technology for increased access to
educational resources, advisers, and materials. Students who choose
to participate in Liberal Studies Online should be comfortable using
networked 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, and have completed
three semester hours of English composition (as the minimum
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
Liberal Studies Online Admission to the online program is
limited and applicants must complete the online program application
process. For details, please contact the program office. In
addition to the minimum expectations for admission to UIS, an online
Liberal Studies applicant must also document to the program’s
satisfaction his or her ability to succeed in junior level
coursework. The program will consider any information provided by
the student, but the primary tools used in making this determination
are the applicant’s written statement and transfer credits. Priority
dates for online application are March 15 for summer and fall and
October 15 for spring. The program will continue considering
applications after these dates as long as space remains. Students
are conditionally admitted to the LIS program until they
successfully complete LIS 301 and the LIS program approves their
Online students must have some experience using a personal
computer and navigating the Internet. For students who encounter
problems accessing the courseware, materials, or other course
components, the UIS Office of Technology Enhanced Learning provides
ongoing technical support. A complete description of program and
technology requirements are available on the Liberal Studies Online
website at http://lis.uis.edu.
Students without access to a computer and who live in one of the
participating Illinois community college districts can obtain
information about accessing computers and technical support at their
local community colleges though a statewide program called Illinois
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 Hrs.
LIS 342 Conducting Liberal Studies Research 2 Hrs.
*LIS 499 Independent Study: Tutorial 2-8 Hrs.
*LIS 471 Honors Thesis 2 Hrs.
LIS 360 Special Topics in Liberal Studies 4 Hrs.
BUS 303 Current Issues in Business: A Liberal Studies
Perspective 4 Hrs.
COM 458 Media from a Liberal Arts Perspective 4 Hrs.
ENG 379 Writing for Social and Behavioral Sciences 4 Hrs.
PHI 301 Critical Thinking 4 Hrs.
PHI 452 Perspectives on Human Nature 4 Hrs.
PSY 403 Critical Thinking 4 Hrs.
UNI 401 Library Research Methods 2 Hrs.
* There are no classroom meetings for these courses. Students
sign independent study contracts with faculty sponsors.
UIS Requirements 12 Hrs.
Campus Electives 38 Hrs.
In order to plan a balanced degree program (at least two courses in
each area are recommended), students choose electives that address
the following eight broad subject categories, also referred to as
subject area courses:
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 to completing a
customized learning program, as well as navigating life,
Total 60 Hrs.
All competencies necessary to attain the student’s goals,
including communication skills, are addressed in the degree
plan. Assessment of written communication skills occurs when the
student conducts a self-assessment in preparing the plan and the LIS
301 instructor assesses his/her written communication skills as
documented by the plan. The student plans appropriate learning
experiences to acquire any needed skills in consultation with the
LIS 301 instructor. These learning experiences are included as part
of the degree plan. Completion of the degree plan constitutes
certification of communication 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 liberal
studies program conforms to this policy in all courses except LIS
301, LIS 342, LIS 380, LIS 451, and LIS 499, which are offered only
on a credit/no credit basis.