Mission and Goals

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts Program in Liberal Arts is to serve students whose academic interests are not fully met by Niagara University ’s traditional major programs. Liberal Arts is a multidisciplinary program that allows students to pursue majors not otherwise available at Niagara University by combining studies in two or three disciplines from the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. There are two broad options within Liberal Arts.

Goals

The Liberal Arts Program allows students to pursue majors not otherwise available at Niagara University by combining two or three disciplines in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences in order to pursue some topic or theme of interest. There are two broad options within LABA. The first is to follow one of the already-established paths defined by the program’s Model Majors. On the other hand, the program also offers creative, thinking students the opportunity to design individualized majors especially suited to their own particular interests or career goals. Working closely with faculty from each of the relevant disciplines and the Office of Career Development, these students plot their own course of study around some core problem, topic, or theme that cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Beyond guiding students to a sophisticated understanding of their program topic, the central goals of the LABA Program are to produce independent, critical thinkers who are able to find and to understand the interconnections between academic disciplines; who can synthesize diverse types of knowledge; and who are self-conscious about the relationship between their studies and their career goals. In this way, the Program aims to create graduates who are well prepared for life after college, whether in graduate studies or employment in any number of fields depending upon the topic of study.