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Liberal Studies

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Liberal Studies is a cross-disciplinary major for the generalist. Most students who choose Liberal Studies are preparing to be elementary or middle school teachers, and the various tracks of this major prepare students for teaching licensure at one or both of those levels. The Liberal Studies major is also the foundation for the 5-year program in Special Education.

A major in Liberal Studies cultivates a well-rounded, well-educated student who can face the world on a broad, solid footing. Students gain an understanding of and appreciation for continued, life-long learning - an essential component of being a successful teacher and leader.

Longwood Liberal Studies graduates are highly sought after by Virginia public schools for teaching positions. The foundation provided by the Liberal Studies major and the excellent opportunities provided in the field experiences through the Department of Education and Special Education prepare students well for the professional challenges awaiting them as teachers.

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  • Congratulations to the newly-installed "Pre-Service Teachers"

    A ceremony held in Hull Building on March 26, 2015 recognized 96 newly-quallified Longwood "Pre-service Teachers" - many of whom are Liberal Studies majors.  Please join us in congratulating these future teachers.

  • SOLSTICE 2015 - 3 of the classes have a total of 7 seats remaining

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    As of 3/25 the clases are almost full, but, if you are interedted, please contact Dr. Lust - lustpd@longwood.edu - right away. It's a wonderful opportunity!

    Go to the SOLSTICE Webpage to find out what classes are available.

  • Big Thinkers invite you to a social event

    The Liberal Studies "Big Thinkers" are responsible for many interesting opportunities, including the Interdisciplinary Thinking Conference, the Open Houses for prospective students, the Planner and many more.  Are you a "Big Thinker" at heart.  Join us at 5:00 on April 16th in the Haga Room in the Wygal Building to meet current members and to explore the opportunities available to you.  There will be FREE PIZZA.

    See you there.




Liberal Studies Students in the News:

Celebration of new "Pre-Service Teachers" - September, 2011

SOLstice2011 - August, 2011

Passing on the Pearls of Wisdom - September, 2013

Video - SOLstice 2011


Teacher-Licensure Programs



As a Liberal Studies student you are responsible for meeting the posted deadlines for field experience placements as provided by the Office of Professional Services (OPS). Please take a look at the list of deadlines and mark them on your personal calendar.  When you receive a message from OPS, please read it and respond appropriately.  Your advisor will help you with your questions, but it is your responsibility to meet these deadlines.