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
- Liberty and Commerce
- Liberty and Authority
- Liberty and Culture
|LIS 211||Liberty Studies||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 and Culture|
|Individualism and Self-Reliance in America|
|History of Modern Philosophy|
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|
Two Electives (six – eight hours) can, but do not have to be in the student’s major. Students must request approval from the Social Responsibility and Leadership Development advisor for elective courses. In the case where courses are outside IPL courses, the SRLD advisor will consult with the chair of the appropriate academic program for approval.