The Liberal Studies Department offers a broad spectrum of core curriculum and specialized study dedicated to helping students learn more about themselves, their cultural heritage, and human societies. By focusing on essential skills such as communication and critical thinking, by studying the relationship between past and present, by approaching issues though local and global knowledge bases, we prepare students in all majors for roles as leaders in their communities and their professions.
The department offers undergraduate degrees in: Liberal Studies (B.A. [with options for concentrations] and minor); Environmental Studies (B.A. and minor); and Career and Technical Education (A.A.). Also at the undergraduate level, the department advises students taking APU’s Pre-Med and Pre-Law concentrations. At the graduate level, the department houses the Master of Arts Program (MAP), designed for individuals pursuing advanced learning through individualized, self-directed contract-learning.
The Department remains focused on the liberal arts heritage fostered by APU Founder Rev. Dr. Peter Gordon Gould, an Aleut minister born in Ungla, Alaska. We honor the Alaskan and Alaska Native communities from which APU was born and encourage students to achieve resilience, communicate clearly, solve problems creatively, and embrace lifelong learning.