College of Professional Studies
The Liberal Arts Studies degree is designed for students seeking a bachelor’s degree for career advancement and personal growth. The program of study provides a curriculum focusing on skills highly valued by employers such as critical and analytical thinking skills, and oral and written communication skills.
As a student here, you'll discover:
- A rich selection of degree and course options, including some of the most relevant programs in Nebraska.
- Faculty who combine impressive academic qualifications with extensive professional experience.
- Small, conveniently scheduled classes and a curriculum flexible enough to meet your individual needs.
Course availability will vary based on campus location.
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The Doane Difference
We take education and student goals personally. That’s why from the moment our students register for classes to the day they graduate, they are assigned to a professional academic advisor. Our approach to advising makes Doane the university of choice for adult learners. We make it easy to balance work, life, and academics.
Earn Work/Life Credit
Undergraduate students have the opportunity to document their prior learning from work/life experiences through a portfolio option. This gives students the ability to showcase their experiences by connecting their work/life experiences to the outcomes of formal education and curriculum. Portfolios are assessed and evaluated to allow as many as 30 credits to be earned and applied toward a degree program.
A Respected Education
Doane graduates have moved up in their careers, achieved greater professional success, challenged themselves intellectually and personally, and become the best in their positions. That’s why Doane is well-respected by both graduates and employers.
Many graduates with this degree fit one of several profiles.
First, some students plan to go immediately on to graduate school, and have accumulated numerous credits from other institutions but haven’t completed their undergraduate degree. The Liberal Arts Studies program is often their quickest path to graduation and can get them moving on to that next educational goal: graduate school.
Second, some students work in an industry that they want to stay in and advance, but they need a bachelor’s degree (in any area of study) to advance. In some of these cases, the Liberal Arts degree is a perfect fit.
Another scenario is students who want to quickly earn a bachelor’s degree, and move on to Doane University’s Initial Teacher Certification program. This path prepares students to teach in elementary grades (K-6), in secondary grades (7-12 in an areas in which Doane endorses individuals) and in special education grades (K-12). Secondary endorsement areas include the sciences, mathematics, social sciences, English, language arts, foreign languages, and art (K-12).
Foundational Areas of Knowledge
One Community and Identity Course:
One Mathematical Reasoning Course:
Three Oral Communication Courses:
Three Written Communication Courses:
One Global and Cultural Context Course:
One Scientific Perspectives Course:
One Human Creativity Course:
One In Search of Meaning and Values Course:
Liberal Arts Seminars
Life Balance & Skills
Fifteen credits at the 300/400 level in at least two different disciplines.
As an adult learner, it’s a good feeling to know you’re with people from different cultures and backgrounds and that we all accept each other.
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