• Arts
  • Diversity & culture
  • Environmental studies
  • Global & multicultural
  • Foreign language
  • Humanities
  • International & social issues
  • Mathematics
  • Natural science
  • Public policy
  • Quaternity
  • Social science

21st Century Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program at Montana State University is flexible, rigorous and multidisciplinary. Students challenge and expand their thinking, learn how to connect their growing knowledge to the outside world, and gain the skills necessary to succeed – in college, the workplace and life.

Three Program Options

The Liberal Studies degree values a broad, integrated and interdisciplinary approach to higher education. Interdisciplinary studies foster connections among disciplines and draw upon multiple areas of knowledge. Students choose one of three program options: Environmental Studies, Global and Multicultural, or Quaternity (on campus or online degree completion).

The Program 

  • Cultivates intellectual and ethical judgment 
  • Prepares students for lives of civic engagement, social responsibility and leadership
  • Integrates learning from different sources 
  • Develops skills to succeed in an increasingly global and diverse society 
  • Helps students deal effectively with complexity and ambiguity

Key Student Outcomes

  • Analytical writing
  • Creative development
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Intellectual judgement
  • Problem analysis and understanding
  • Reading and reflection
  • Team work and collaboration
  • Undergraduate research