Through the Whitney Young School, it is possible to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree following a specially- designed, individualized curriculum. A student-designed liberal studies curriculum permits a student to pursue a course of study that combines related subjects from different disciplines for the sake of some specific approved educational or career goal. The student- designed curriculum option is intended to serve students with special academic needs while maintaining a level of coherence and integrity in the course of study.
Curriculum guides are designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA.
Following the sample academic plan and its milestones will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. Students will need to refer to and/or print both the appropriate Liberal Studies Requirements AND the appropriate major sheet in order to view the complete degree program requirements.
- Liberal Studies General Core Requirements
- Liberal Studies Requirements: Whitney Young School Honors Program
- BA- Liberal Studies: Student Designed
A student pursuing this degree must complete the University’s Liberal Studies Requirements (or their equivalent through the Whitney Young School of Honors and Liberal Studies). By the end of the first semester of his or her junior year, the student should petition for permission to follow a student-designed curriculum. The student needs a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be eligible to petition for the degree. The general University requirement for a minimum of 120 semester credit hours for the Bachelor of Arts degree must be met. This petition will define and justify an interdisciplinary course of study. The petition must show specifically how the proposed course of study meets the student’s academic goals, how those goals cannot be met by any traditional major at KSU, and how the proposed course of studies constitutes a coherently related set of courses that is the equivalent of a major. In addition, the petition must list the courses that make up the student-designed major; in effect, this would become the curriculum ladder for that major. The student will submit this petition to his or her mentor or advisor, who will collaborate with the student in refining the proposal. The mentor or advisor will send the petition and his or her recommendation to the director of the Whitney Young School, who will transmit the petition and his or her recommendation to the dean of the College. The dean will transmit the petition and his or her recommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The proposal will not be an approved course of study until it has the written approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.