Undergraduate Admissions

Johan Clark Hall - Clark University

Program of Liberal Studies

The foundation of a Clark undergraduate education is the Program of Liberal Studies. Through this program, you will acquire the intellectual habits, skills and perspectives that are essential for self-directed learning. You are given a framework within which you can select a program of study and receive a broad introduction to liberal and lifelong learning. You also have the option of fulfilling the requirements of the Program of Liberal Studies through the International Studies Stream, a special program that consists of courses that prepare you to better understand political, cultural and economic issues from a global perspective.

The Program of Liberal Studies has two components:

1. Critical Thinking Courses

While every course in the University involves work in critical thinking, two types of courses place special emphasis on the cultivation of these skills. You will take one course in each of these areas:

  • Verbal Expression: Verbal Expression courses place special emphasis on the relationship between writing and critical thinking within a particular discipline. Sample coursework includes:
    • Introduction to Literature
    • Heart of a Poet - Heat of Poem
    • Writing: Sense of Place
    • Art & Science of Management
    • Modern Drama
    • Factual Film and Television
  • Formal Analysis: Formal Analysis courses include the use of a formal, symbolic language as appropriate for a specific discipline, rules of logic for that language, and the use of that language for modeling the subject matter of the discipline. Sample coursework includes:
    • Calculus I
    • Linear Algebra
    • Introduction to Management Information Systems
    • Analytic Reasoning
    • Principles of Economics
    • Financial Intelligence
    • Discovering Environmental Science

2. Perspectives Courses

Perspectives courses offer breadth and introduce you to the different ways in which various disciplines or fields define thinking, learning and knowing. You must successfully complete one course in each of the following six perspectives categories, with each course taken in a different academic department:

  • Aesthetic: Aesthetic Perspective courses emphasize artistic expression and the perception, analysis and evaluation of aesthetic form. These courses are designed to enhance your appreciation and understanding of the arts. Sample coursework includes:
    • Introduction to Graphic Design
    • Age of Michelangelo
    • Drawing: Eye, Mind, Hand
    • Roman Art and Architecture