Graduate Certificate in Liberal Studies
The graduate certificate in liberal studies program at Widener University provides an interdisciplinary and humanistic approach to an understanding of self, society, and human accomplishment. It is based on the conviction that the cultivation of general knowledge and the study of the human experience have a strong and exciting appeal for adult students who wish to learn, to discuss, to wonder, and to enjoy.
The liberal studies program emphasizes the development of a deeper understanding of the arts and sciences and the improvement of critical thinking and communications skills. Through core courses in cultural anthropology, philosophy, and science, a basis is provided for you to move into elective courses in sociology, history, art history, psychology, literature, cinema, music history, creative writing, and communications, as well as additional courses in cultural anthropology, philosophy, and science. All courses are specially created for the program.
Classes are small in size, have a seminar format, and are offered in the evening on the Main Campus in Chester; additional courses are planned as short-term study abroad classes.
Requirements and Courses
To qualify for the certificate in liberal studies, you must complete one of the three core courses and three other elective courses with a grade of B or better in three years or less.
See the attached document for a list of spring course offerings along with an all-inclusive list of courses that count towards the certificate in liberal studies.
How to Apply
An applicant for admission to the certificate in liberal studies program must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
Please complete our simple, short online application, including a brief statement describing reasons and expectations for study in the program.
Within a week of our receipt of your college transcript and completed application, you will receive notification regarding admission. After making a deposit of $100 that will be applied to your tuition and fees, you will receive a code that will allow you to enroll in the graduate certificate program of your choice and make course selections for the upcoming semester.
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