The mission for the Interdiscplinary Liberal Studies Department is

  • To support the university’s mission to produce educated and enlightened citizens.
  • To help students embrace wisdom, inspire learning, and enhance living.
  • To meet Virginia teacher competencies by providing breadth and integration across the content areas of English and language arts, history, social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, and technology.
  • To work collaboratively with the Education Unit to reach its goals as articulated in its Conceptual Framework, particularly as they relate to developing a deep understanding of content.

Our goals for students

  • IdLS students completing General Education will demonstrate knowledge central to the university’s mission and relevant to the Virginia teacher competencies.
  • IdLS seniors will demonstrate content-area proficiency on teacher licensure exams.
  • IdLS graduates will apply content-area proficiency in pre-K-8 classroom settings.

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