Drawing on nearly 100 years of the Mount’s excellence in teaching, the Liberal Arts major is an experience that challenges students to explore intellectual interests and talents with the support of community on campus and beyond. Faculty scholars from a variety of disciplines guide students as they mature into broadly educated writers, speakers, and life-long learners prepared to embrace the diverse opportunities of 21st century life, work, and service. Our graduates are rooted in the past, engaged with the present, and empowered to thrive in the future. Students take classes in history, literature, philosophy, and religious studies, as well as the introductory course, Foundations of the Liberal Arts, three interdisciplinary seminars, and a culminating class in which they work with faculty on a final project.

The Liberal Arts major combines the fundamental disciplines of English, history, religious studies and philosophy into an intellectual program that enables students to develop research, writing and critical thinking skills. This interdisciplinary degree includes:

  • Upper-level, seminar courses and individualized research experiences
  • Flexibility in course offerings for easy acquisition of general requirements and chosen electives, as well as co-op experiences
  • Group of faculty from a variety of academic disciplines alongside a diverse group of fellow students
  • A tailored academic plan that allows students to combine the LA major with one or more minors.

Class Formats

On campus - Scheduled in-person classes


Learning methods include: lecture, group work, hands-on skills development, problem-solving, site visits, group discussion, and presentations.

Online only - No scheduled class sessions


Online courses are asynchronous, meaning you work on your own schedule to meet deadlines.

  • Content is highly structured and delivered through Blackboard.
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Keegan Brown

"A Liberal Arts major is the Swiss army knife of education."


Liberal Arts Major '25

Liberal Arts at the Mount

  Career Potential
According to a recent article in Fortune magazine, "Employer surveys confirm, year after year, that the skills employers value most in the new graduates they hire are not technical, job-specific skills, but written and oral communication, problem-solving and critical thinking," the very skills and habits of mind the Liberal Arts major develops.
  Featured Courses

The centerpiece of the Liberal Arts major is the 300-level seminar. A small group of students work with department faculty to explore topics and issues related to faculty members' expertise. Among popular seminars are the following:

  • Aesthetics: The Philosophy of Beauty
  • Seriously Funny: The Liberal Art of Humor
  • The Loving Friends: The Bloomsbury Group.
  • Oy Vey: Contemporary Jewish Literature
  Hands-On Experience

One or more cooperative education placements enable students to test their skills in a professional environment and gain work experience that will be attractive to employers upon graduation.

Sasha, a junior liberal arts major, co-ops on campus in University Communications. "I craft stories to be published as news posts on the Mount's website or in print publications," she says. "To do this, I attend university events, conduct interviews, and handle professional correspondence. I am asked to use and improve my writing and research skills, professionalism, and creativity."

Liberal Arts students with minors in English or history take education courses and student-teach as they pursue careers in secondary education under the guidance of faculty from the Liberal Arts and Education Departments.

  Liberal Arts FAQs

What career options will this degree open up for me? What if I want to teach high school English or history? 


Featured News

maine sailing MSJ’s Voyage to Maine! July 12, 2023

London Bishop is a general assignment reporter covering Greene County for the Dayton Daily News. Her beat includes in-depth investigative reporting on county and municipal government, crime and law, area business and local impact of COVID-19. She was previously a reporter for the Fairborn Daily Herald covering business, government and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She graduated in May 2019 with a Liberal Arts major with minors in English and Creative Writing.

London Bishop Liberal Arts and Creative Writing '19

Every aspiring writer should have faith in themselves. It’s not a question of “can” you do it, it’s a question of “when?” For some of us, the answer is “tomorrow,” which seems to never come. Everyone has a story and a unique perspective to bring to the table.”


Check out this Liberal Arts student's story in the April 2021 Dateline issue!


Noah Douglas Liberal Arts and Computer Science '24

The Liberal Arts major is also listed as a popular choice among adult students as it provides a customizable curriculum applicable to a specific career path with flexible scheduling options, and it works as a great segue into graduate programs. Whether an adult student is looking to finish a degree, enhance his or her education, or change careers, our programs provide flexible learning formats, strong career outlooks, and preparation for graduate school to meet future goals.

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Enjoy some of our students’ musings about writing, life, the arts, sports at the Writer’s Block blog.

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Talented and Dedicated Faculty

Award-winning teachers, noted scholars, and committed academic advisors--meet the Mount's Liberal Arts faculty. Beyond the classroom, they actively engage students through a variety of clubs and activities, including the online student newspaper and literary magazine, the Drama Club with its annual production, the Ethics Bowl, and yoga sessions. Mount students are their number one priority.

Liberal Arts - English Faculty

Elizabeth Barkley

PhD English Professor and Chair

Elizabeth Mason

PhD English Professor

Drew Shannon

PhD English Associate Professor

Liberal Arts - History Faculty

Jennifer Morris

PhD History Professor

Peter Robinson

PhD History Professor

Liberal Arts - Philosophy Faculty

Christopher Davidson

PhD Philosophy Assistant Professor

Michael Sontag

PhD Philosophy Associate Professor and Dean of Arts & Humanities

Iris Spoor

PhD Philosophy Assistant Professor

Liberal Arts - Religious Studies Faculty

Andrew Buechel-Rieger

PhD Religious Studies Assistant Professor

Elijah Prewitt-Davis

PhD Religious Studies Assistant Professor

Kyle Schenkewitz

PhD Religious Studies Assistant Professor

Liberal Arts - Theatre Faculty

Elizabeth Barkley

PhD Professor and Chair of the Liberal Arts Department

Lauren Carr

BFA Director of Theatre Arts

Peter Robinson

PhD Professor

Drew Shannon

PhD Associate Professor

News and Updates

Stay up to date with the most recent English program news and events; visit the Department of Liberal Arts page. 

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Additional Resources

  Program Requirements
  Undergraduate Tuition
   Liberal Arts - Fact Card