An Interdisciplinary Approach

Liberal studies students take coursework in American studies, anthropology, art, English, communication, political science, psychology, sociology, and writing.

About the Degree

OSU-Cascades offers a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree in liberal studies. The liberal studies major allows students to design their own plan of study organized around a theme. The theme is created by the student to support their career and personal goals. This interdisciplinary approach provides greater breadth and flexibility than can be found in other majors. Students mix and match courses from the following OSU-Cascades departments: American studies, anthropology, art, English, communication, political science, psychology, sociology, and writing.

Students in liberal studies receive a well-rounded education that prepares them for a variety of experiences and careers. Liberal studies introduces students to diverse subject matter. In addition to this breadth of new knowledge, students will develop communication skills and the ability to think critically, a combination in demand everywhere in today's job market. The OSU-Cascades liberal studies program encourages students to seek opportunities beyond their degree requirements to further facilitate their ability to think critically and communicate competently in contexts outside the university.

Learn more about creating your Plan of Study/Theme

Student Spotlight

Where She Thrives


Alexa Tawzer loves writing and reading science fiction and fantasy. But one communications class proved to this Honors College student that what fascinates her is human conversation. So much so that she joined Professor Natalie Dollar’s Community Dialogue project to research how people discuss and debate — and find agreement. It’s been a journey from being homeschooled, to attending community college, to finally landing at OSU-Cascades. Now with a Finley Academic Excellence Scholarship and a passion for how people connect, this Bend Beav’s future is launching.

Alumnus Spotlight 

Alum Makes It to BendFilm


To become a filmmaker, Eli Pyke knew he needed more than technical knowledge. So he first quit film school. Fast forward 17 years and Eli’s documentary “The Far Green Country” was accepted into the 2018 BendFilm festival. What he needed to really develop his craft, it turns out, was to understand people’s stories, including his own.

Sample Courses

History of Design
Small Group Communication
Studies in Nonfiction
Introduction to Rhetorical Theory
Community Dialogue
Peoples of the World-Africa Anthropology
20th Century Europe
Modern Political Thought
Abnormal Psychology
Writing for the Web
American Women Writers
American Culture and Vietnam
Cultural Codes in Communication
The American Novel - Beginnings to Chopin

Planning for Professional Careers


If you are interested in becoming an elementary or secondary educator you may want to complete a liberal studies degree to prepare for your Master of Arts in Teaching degree for teaching licensure. Planning early and clarifying your pathway to being a teacher is important. Learn more.


Students will want to plan early for getting into the law school as they work toward finishing their bachelor's degree requirements. Check out this helpful website to prepare and research a pre-law focus as a liberal studies major. Learn more.

Contact Us

Future students should connect with an admissions advisor for admission and program questions.

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