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Liberal Studies Guide: Getting Started

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Liberal Studies

The Department of Liberal Studies is located on the 4th floor of the Academic Building in room 4-502 AB.

Phone: 810-762-9699.  Email:

Courses in Liberal Studies encourage students to think critically and independently, to develop persuasive argument, to use social scientific methods to identify organizational problems and solutions, to inquire into literature, philosophy, and art for lessons in character and social responsibility, and more. Faculty specialize in a broad variety of disciplines, and offer classes on topics ranging from the works of Tolkien and science-fiction literature to multiculturalism and the politics of the Middle East. 

The Liberal Studies core curriculum is made up of eight courses, covering a range of disciplines. As a Kettering student, you'll take classes that introduce principles of the humanities, the social sciences, and communication, as well as two advanced electives, one from a discipline in the humanities (art, communication, literature, music, philosophy), and one from the social sciences (economics, history, sociology).

Our program culminates with the unique capstone "Senior Seminar in Leadership, Ethics, and Contemporary Issues." The seminar prepares you to think about ethical issues in a contemporary setting, and to reflect on major questions pertaining to contemporary leadership. Bringing together critical thinking skills and global themes, it provides opportunities to engage in the kind of deep ethical and civic reflection that prepares you to enter the world as leaders of tomorrow. Students may also choose to pursue a minor in history, literature, economics, pre-law, and international studies.


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