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About Liberal Studies

Let your ideas thrive!

Drawing on traditional foundations in humanities and arts, the Liberal Studies department attracts students eager to communicate and assess their ideas in an ever-expanding world of knowledge.

Find your passion with our interdisciplinary program

From photography to philosophy, journalism to religion, playwriting to music making and beyond, find a home for your passion – or discover your path – in our interdisciplinary program that’s especially suited to independent learners. Liberal Studies travel courses and seminars liberate mind and spirit, while our academic internships, directed studies and practicum experience let you put your thoughts and dreams to the test beyond the classroom.

Your Liberal Studies degree can be excellent training for graduate school, law school, or teaching credential program.
Choose among concentrations in writing, literature, religion studies, philosophy or pre-law – all aimed at preparing you for an enriched life of critical thinking, thoughtful expression and analytical problem solving.

Build strong relationships with faculty and fellow students

Our smaller size permits you to work closely with faculty advisors to build an individualized course of study from distinctive courses that make the most of APU’s location in Alaska’s largest city. Choose from among numerous course offerings, including a capstone Senior Project that challenges you to combine your knowledge, passion, and personal and professional goals.

Liberal Studies majors come from around the state and around the country for a mix of perspectives sharing a single desire: self discovery and growth grounded in education and citizenship.