Programs

Liberal Arts

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Liberal Arts is not a discipline, but a way of thinking.  It has historically been the study of subjects essential for a person to take an active part in civic life. A Liberal Arts degree from Cottey is the perfect preparation for a rapidly-changing world. The interdisciplinary course of study reflects the College’s deep commitment to women’s leadership, social responsibility, and global awareness.

Liberal Arts students have more flexibility in creating a degree program than students in any other major. Graduates become confident communicators and independent thinkers and are prepared for nearly any career or graduate program.  They have skills employers most value, including communication, team work, and decision-making skills. Liberal Arts graduates outperform most other students on the GRE, which is required for admission to graduate school.

Liberal Arts major courses dovetail perfectly with Cottey’s Core Curriculum, taken by all students enrolled in any of our bachelor degree programs. They will be exposed to a broad range of disciplines ranging from creative arts to computer science.

Global Studies Concentration

Enhance your knowledge of the world in a comparitive way by taking classes in humanities, social sciences, environmental studies and/or international relations and business.

Women’s Studies Concentration

Explore topics of interest to women from a number of different disciplinary perspectives

Social Justice and Responsibility Concentration

Choose courses connected to areas of race, class, gender and environmentalism.

All Liberal Arts majors work one-on-one with faculty to complete a Capstone Research thesis.

Majors are required to demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in French, German or Spanish.

Skills and Abilities

Each year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) surveys employers about the skills/qualities they look for in prospective employees. A recent top five list included:

  • Verbal communication skills
  • Strong work ethic
  • Teamwork skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Initiative

A Liberal Arts degree is tailor-made to hone all of these skills as well as other desired attributes including:

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective writing
  • Global awareness
  • Cultural sensitivity

See also Cottey Law Scholars Program.

Foundations (19 hours)

ART 101, DAN 107, MUS 101, or THE 101 (3 credit hours)
ENG 201, ENG 202, ENG 205, or ENG 206 (3 credit hours)
FRE 201 & FRE 202, GER 201 & GER 202, or SPA 201 & SPA 202 (6 credit hours)
HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 111, or HIS 112 (3 credit hours)
PHI 101 (3 credit hours)
IDS 4xx (1 credit hour)

Concentrations (36 hours) Students choose two of the following. One course may not fulfill a requirement for both concentrations

Global Studies Concentration
ENV 191 (3 credit hours)

Students must choose an additional 15 credits from the following courses. At least 6 credits must be upper level.
ANT 151 (3 credit hours)
DAN 206 (3 credit hours)
ENG 230 (3 credit hours)
ENV 350 (3 credit hours)
FLM 154 (3 credit hours)
HIS 125 (3 credit hours)
IRB 151 (3 credit hours)
IRB 310 (3 credit hours)
IRB 320 (3 credit hours)
IRB 350 (3 credit hours)
POL 201 (3 credit hours)
POL 291 (3 credit hours)
PSY 3xx (3 credit hours)
REL 105 (3 credit hours)
REL 106 (3 credit hours)
SOC 204 (3 credit hours)
SPA 392 (3 credit hours)

Women’s Studies Concentration
• WST 105 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 credit hours)

Students must choose an additional 15 credits from the following courses. At least 6 credits must be upper level.
ENG 220 (3 credit hours)
ENG 222 (3 credit hours)
ENG 340 (3 credit hours)
ENG 371 (3 credit hours)
FLM 153 (3 credit hours)
FRE 199 (3 credit hours)
HIS 211 (3 credit hours)
IRB/WST 293 (3 credit hours)
PSY 331 (3 credit hours)
SOC 203 (3 credit hours)
SOC 204 (3 credit hours)
SPA 392 (3 credit hours)
SPE 205 (3 credit hours)
WST 240 3 credits

Social Justice and Responsibility Concentration
OLS 205 (3 credit hours)

Students must choose an additional 15 credits from the following courses. At least 6 credits must be upper level.

Choose 6 hours from the following communication classes
ART 171 (3 credit hours)
ENG 305 (3 credit hours)
SPE 101 (3 credit hours)
SPE 121 (3 credit hours)

Choose 9 hours from the following topics classes
CHE 330 (3 credit hours)
ENG 230 (3 credit hours)
ENV 215 (3 credit hours)
ENV 322 (3 credit hours)
ENV 333 (3 credit hours)
ENV 350 (3 credit hours)
HIS 121 (3 credit hours)
HIS 320 (3 credit hours)
IRB/WST 293 (3 credit hours)
IRB 330 (3 credit hours)
PHI 103 (3 credit hours)
POL 101 (3 credit hours)
SPA 391 (3 credit hours)
SOC 291 (3 credit hours)
WST 240 (3 credit hours)

Total: 55 Hours in the Major
Two courses must be upper-level writing intensive (TBA)
Two courses must be IDS (TBA)

Liberal Arts B.A. Plan: Global Studies (GS) and Women’s Studies (WS) Concentrations

Year 1 Fall Spring
First Year Writing Seminar 3 College Writing 3
Science course with lab 4 CSC 101 Computer Applications 3
PE course 1 MAT 103 College Algebra 3
GS: International Relations 3 PE course 1
Foreign Language 4 Foreign Language 4
WST 105 Introduction to Women’s Studies 3
Total: 15 Total: 17
Year 2 Fall Spring
MAT 112 Statistics 3 Science course with lab 4
Foreign Language 3 Foreign Language 3
Fine Arts 3 WS: US Women’s History 3
Speech 3 GS: World Regional Geography 3
Philosophical Quests 3 West. Civ/US History 2 3
Total: 15 Total: 16
Year 3 Fall Spring
Intro to Liberal Arts Major 2 GS writing intensive 3
Global Studies 3 Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 3
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 3 Interdisciplinary 3
Elective 3 English/American Lit 2 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
Total: 14 Total: 15
Year 4 Fall Spring
Global Studies 3 Capstone Project 1
WS writing intensive 3 Global Studies 3
Electives 9 WS 3
Electives 6
Total: 15 Total: 13
Total Hours: 120

Liberal Arts B.A. Plan: Global Studies (GS) and Social Justice and Responsibility (SJR) Concentrations

Year 1 Fall Spring
First Year Writing Seminar 3 College Writing 3
Science course with lab 4 CSC 101 Computer Applications 3
PE course 1 MAT 103 College Algebra 3
GS: International Relations 3 PE course 1
Foreign Language 4 Foreign Language 4
Leadership 3
Total: 15 Total: 17
Year 2 Fall Spring
MAT 112 Statistics 3 SJR: Speech 4
Foreign Language 3 Foreign Language 3
Fine Arts 3 SJR: Social Justice 3
West Civ/US History 1 3 GS: World Regional Geography 3
Philosophical Quests 3 English/American Lit 2 3
Total: 15 Total: 15
Year 3 Fall Spring
Intro to Liberal Arts Major 2 GS writing intensive 3
Science course with lab 3 SJR 3
GS 3 Interdisciplinary 3
SJR: Interpersonal Communication 3 Electives 6
Elective 3
Total: 15 Total: 15
Year 4 Fall Spring
Global Studies 3 Capstone Project 1
SJR writing intensive 3 Global Studies 3
Electives 9 SJR 3
Electives 6
Total: 15 Total: 13
Total Hours: 120

Women’s Studies (WS) and Social Justice and Responsibility (SJR) Concentrations

Year 1 Fall Spring
First Year Writing Seminar 3 College Writing 3
Science course with lab 4 CSC 101 Computer Applications 3
PE course 1 MAT 103 College Algebra 3
WS: Intro to Women’s Studies 3 PE course 1
Foreign Language 4 Foreign Language 4
OLS 102 Leadership 3
Total: 15 Total: 17
Year 2 Fall Spring
MAT 112 Statistics 3 SJR: Speech 4
Foreign Language 3 Foreign Language 3
Fine Arts 3 SJR: Social Justice 3
West Civ/US History 1 3 WS: US Women’s History 3
Philosophical Quests 3 English/American Lit 2 3
Total: 15 Total: 15
Year 3 Fall Spring
Intro to Liberal Arts Major 2 WS writing intensive 3
Science course with lab 3 SJR 3
WS 3 Interdisciplinary 3
SJR: Interpersonal Communication 3 Electives 6
Elective 3
Total: 15 Total: 15
Year 4 Fall Spring
WS 3 490 Capstone Project 1
SJR writing intensive 3 WS 3
Electives 9 SJR 3
Electives 6
Total: 15 Total: 13
Total Hours: 120

Sandra Chaney, PhD
Coordinator
Associate Professor of History
157 Rogers Fine Arts Building
417-667-8181 ext. 2176
schaney@cottey.edu

Angela Firkus, Ph.D.
Professor of History
B.A., M.A., University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire; Ph.D., Purdue University.
216G
ext. 2201
afirkus@cottey.edu

Trisha Stubblefield, Ph.D.
Professor of English
B.M., B.A., Converse College, South Carolina; M.A., Ph.D., University of South Carolina
131A
ext. 2274
tstubblefield@cottey.edu

Rusalyn Andrews, Ph.D.
Professor of Theatre and Speech.
B.S., Southwest Missouri State University; M.S., Illinois State University; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
143A
ext. 2134
randrews@cottey.edu

Brenda Ross, Ph.D.
Professor of Chemistry, B.S., University of Nebraska at Lincoln; Ph.D., Yale University
220G
ext. 2215
bross@cottey.edu