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Dr. Heidi Tracht



Liberal Studies
Bachelor of Arts
Are you looking for a degree program that exposes you to different areas of human knowledge and encourages you to question and think critically? NNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program provides comprehensive content and methodologies from various disciplines while creating an environment that inspires intellectual curiosity and moral responsibility.
With many liberal studies programs and liberal studies degrees available, NNU stands apart with our high-quality core courses, faculty, and Christian worldview.
  • COLLABORATE with esteemed faculty mentors
  • GAIN a broad understanding of many areas of study
  • CHOOSE a concentration in Humanities, Mathematics & Science or Social Science

Liberal Studies Degree – Discover Who You Were Made to Be at NNU

NNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies allows students to explore a broad range of subjects and disciplines and gain a strong foundation in the key areas of human knowledge. With a liberal studies degree, you’ll have endless possibilities for your future career as the skills and abilities acquired prepare you for success in any field. Foster a passion for intellectual curiosity and critical thinking while instilling a sense of moral responsibility. Enroll in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program and let NNU help you discover who you were made to be.

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Bachelor of Arts

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The Benefits of a Liberal Studies Degree

  • Learn from knowledgeable faculty mentors who are experts in their field
  • Receive a versatile degree that applies to many different industries
  • Take courses in small class sizes for personalized instruction and support
  • Develop analytical skills, creativity and critical thinking skills
  • Broaden your understanding of multiple disciplines
  • Concentrations in humanities, mathematics and science and social sciences
  • Acquire the skills necessary to thrive in any workplace with diverse knowledge base
  • Foster an attitude of intellectual curiosity with moral responsibility

Our Goals for Liberal Studies Majors

  • Develop a broad understanding of culture and the human experience
  • Enhance critical thinking skills, communication competence and ethical awareness
  • Grow as a leader for career success in any field
  • Apply liberal arts knowledge to real-world problem-solving
  • Broaden your perspective with accessible coursework in diverse subjects
  • Gain critical thinking and problem-solving skills to apply in any work or life context
  • Develop a better understanding of the world around you from a Christian perspective
  • Cultivate interpersonal skills for meaningful relationships
  • Advance your knowledge of history, arts and literature to make an impact on the world

Additional Information About a Liberal Studies Major

Undergraduate Degree Program Information

Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding college experience that will open the door to many professional opportunities in the future? Look no further than NNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies! This unique program provides an extensive and flexible foundation in fundamental human knowledge, equipping you with invaluable skills and attitudes needed to succeed.

The Liberal Studies degree fosters an attitude of intellectual curiosity harnessed by moral responsibility. At NNU, we emphasize critical thinking skills—we’ll encourage you to think independently and stand up for your own ideas and beliefs to make informed choices and lead a successful life.

It’s time to take charge of your future—join our growing student body today and start building toward the career path that best suits you!


Our Liberal Studies degree has a few different concentrations that can be tailored to fit more specific interests and skills:

  • Humanities
  • Mathematics & Science
  • Social Science

Whether you choose Humanities, Mathematics & Science or Social Science as your concentration, you will emerge from this program with a wealth of knowledge across different subject areas. Such impressive qualifications give our liberal studies graduates a competitive advantage when applying for jobs in almost any field!

With a bachelor's degree in liberal studies, a liberal studies graduate could pursue law school, criminal justice, social services, public service, and more with this multidisciplinary major.

Career Paths with a Degree in Liberal Studies

Whether your interests lie in education, law, social work, media or business, a liberal arts degree in liberal studies can pave the way for a fulfilling career. With a foundation in critical thinking, analysis, communication and problem-solving, graduates of this degree program are well-equipped to adapt to changing workplaces and succeed in any professional environment.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Liberal Studies Degree Program

Unleash your potential at NNU. Explore our liberal studies program at Northwest Nazarene University with confidence, as we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions to address any inquiries students may have.

What kind of job opportunities will I have with a liberal studies degree?

Step into a world of limitless possibilities with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from Northwest Nazarene University. Here, your intellectual curiosity is matched only by the breadth of career opportunities.

Our liberal studies program is more than just an academic journey—it’s a key that opens doors to diverse career paths. With its well-rounded foundation and flexibility in choosing a concentration in humanities, mathematics and science, or social science, this degree equips you with the skills and knowledge sought in various workplaces.

So, where can a liberal studies degree from NNU take you? The answer is—almost anywhere. Our graduates have found success in a myriad of fields. They’ve become effective communicators as journalists and public relations specialists, critical thinkers as analysts and consultants and creative problem solvers as project managers and entrepreneurs.

They’ve used their understanding of human behavior to excel in human resources, marketing and sales. They’ve leveraged their broad knowledge base to shape young minds as educators, and they’ve served their communities as social workers and counselors.

But the opportunities don’t end there. With the critical thinking, creativity and communication skills honed at NNU, our graduates can adapt to rapidly changing job markets and pursue further academic studies.

So, step into a future where your passion for learning opens doors to many opportunities. With a Liberal Studies degree from NNU, you’re not just ready for one career but equipped for a lifetime of possibilities.

What courses can I take in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program?

Immerse yourself in a broad spectrum of subjects, touching upon the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and fine arts. Delve into the intriguing realms of World Literature, American Government, Principles of Biology, Introduction to Philosophy and Art History. Start your journey with our cornerstone course, Introduction to Liberal Studies, which sets the foundation for your intellectual exploration.

At NNU, we believe your education should be as unique as you are. That’s why we offer an array of electives that allow you to tailor your studies according to your interests and career aspirations. Dive into the fascinating worlds of sociology, history, literature, psychology, biology, philosophy and more. The choice is yours, and the possibilities are limitless.

Your journey through these courses equips you with a broad knowledge base and hone your critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills.

Embark on a journey where your thirst for knowledge intersects with a vast array of subjects. Through NNU’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, you’re not simply earning a degree but embracing an enlightening voyage of personal exploration.

Does NNU offer career counseling services to assist students in pursuing a liberal studies degree?

Embarking on the journey of a liberal studies degree at Northwest Nazarene University is not just about academics—it’s about preparing for a future filled with purpose and promise. To help you navigate this journey, NNU offers comprehensive career counseling services tailored to your unique aspirations.

Our Career Development office is a beacon of support, guiding you as you explore career options, hone job search skills and connect with potential employers. You can benefit from resume and cover letter assistance, interview preparation, job search strategies and career assessments here. Personalized guidance is just an appointment away, with our career counselors ready to discuss your career goals and provide insightful advice.

But at NNU, your growth extends beyond career readiness. Our commitment to spiritual life and community involvement allows you to cultivate leadership skills and engage in meaningful service projects. We believe in the holistic development of our students, intertwining academic achievement with personal growth and community service.

So, step into a future where your passion for learning meets a world of opportunities. With the liberal studies degree from NNU, you’re not just preparing for a career but a lifetime of purpose, service and fulfillment.

What are the benefits of completing a liberal studies degree?

The liberal studies degree program at NNU is a magnificent tapestry woven with threads from multiple disciplines, painting a vibrant picture of broad and deep knowledge. As you traverse this journey, you engage with knowledgeable faculty mentors and experts who illuminate your path with wisdom and guidance.

In our small, intimate class settings, you receive personalized instruction and support, fostering an environment conducive to learning. This nurturing atmosphere ignites intellectual curiosity, encouraging you to question, explore and discover.

Our curriculum, with concentrations in humanities, mathematics and science, and social sciences, equips you with a versatile graduate degree applicable to various industries. Your understanding of multiple disciplines broadens, giving you a diverse knowledge base that enables you to thrive in any workplace.

Beyond knowledge, our program hones your analytical skills, creativity and critical thinking. These universally essential skills, coupled with NNU’s emphasis on moral responsibility, make you a valuable asset in today’s dynamic job market.

Enter a future where your thirst for knowledge intersects a realm of boundless opportunities. Armed with a liberal studies degree from NNU, you are prepared for a single occupation and equipped for a lifetime of endless possibilities.