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People in Education: Cherry to head new MSU Liberal Studies program

January 18, 2005 -- from MSU News Service


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Bozeman - David Cherry, professor of history at Montana State University, has been selected as director of MSU's Liberal Studies major, according to Greg Young, MSU's vice provost for undergraduate education.

"David was selected following an internal search, and was a key player in bringing faculty together to craft the proposal to establish the degree," Young said. "He has invested time and energy, and has a thorough understanding of the philosophy behind this type of education. Some of the most exciting advances in knowledge and emerging fields occur at the intersections of traditional disciplines, and this degree prepares students for that."

The Liberal Studies major, initiated last fall, already has 40 students who have declared the major within the first semester, Cherry said.

Cherry said the major appeals to students who want to obtain a high-quality education without specializing in some of MSU's more traditional fields.

"Students in the major come away with good reading and critical thinking skills that make them attractive to employers in a wide variety of fields," Cherry said. He said the program allows students to design their own program across MSU disciplines.

For more information about MSU's Liberal Studies major, go to the Liberal Studies Web site at http://www.montana.edu/lsdegree/ or contact Cherry at dcherry@montana.edu.

Contact: Greg Young (406) 994-6057