Liberty Studies Minor

  • Liberty Studies Minor
  • Social Responsibility and Leadership Development Minor

The Liberty Studies minor is a course of study focusing on the foundations, meanings, and implications of what it is to be free. It poses the fundamental question of “What can I do with my life?” It questions the power of institutions and the legitimacy of the constraints they impose. It explores freedom and liberty from multiple perspectives, including minorities and women in our own culture, and indigenous people of other times and places. Liberty Studies examines the costs and benefits of free human interaction, the need of naturally social animals to be left alone, and ultimately wrestles with the questions of what freedom and liberty are and should be.

The Liberty Studies minor approaches the study of liberty in relation to three subject areas commonly addressed in the literature: economic activity, government, and cultural influences. The study of these three areas is integrated both in how individual courses relate to each other individually and are tied together by the required courses. This minor can be taken on campus or online.

Requirements of the Minor

Students must take LIS 211 and either PHI 341 or PHI 441. Then students must take one course in each of the following three categories:
*Liberty and Commerce
*Liberty and Authority
*Liberty and Culture

Required Courses
LIS 211 Liberty Studies 3
PHI 341 Ethics 3
or PHI 441 Moral Theory
Select one course from each of the three categories listed below: 10-11
Liberty and Commerce
Philosophy of Business
Free Market Philosophies
Rationality and Moral Choice
Liberty and Authority
ECCE: Civil Rights Movement of the Twentieth Century
Intellectual Origins of the American Revolution
Liberty Struggles
Social Philosophy
Liberty and Culture
Individualism and Self-Reliance in America
History of Modern Philosophy
American Society
Total Hours 16-17

Social Responsibility and Leadership Development Minor

The Social Responsibility and Leadership Development minor is an interdisciplinary program that includes both theoretical and experiential components. The three core courses will be taught on a rotating basis (a minimum of one core course per semester including summer) online. The two electives can be taken online or on campus depending on how they are offered and the needs of the student. The major objective of the program is to educate students for and about social responsibility and leadership and to help them acquire leadership positions in their community and profession. The minor complements a wide variety of academic programs, such as business, management, and accounting; political science and legal studies; communication; environmental studies; sociology/anthropology; criminology and criminal justice; women and gender studies; African American studies; health professions; etc. Any prerequisites or course restrictions on courses taken as electives for the minor will be honored.

Required Core Courses
IPL 210 Introduction to Leadership Theory and Practice 3
IPL 361 Social Responsibility and Leadership Development Capstone 3
IPL 362 ECCE: Social Change and Leadership 3
Two Electives 1 6-8
Total Hours 15-17