A Hutchins Liberal Studies major in one of our teacher preparation pathways has all the broad career opportunities of any Liberal Studies major, but in addition, is provided with the background knowledge needed to be an excellent elementary school teacher. Coursework is carefully planned to meet state-mandated content standards for prospective elementary teachers and provides excellent preparation for the CSET exam, as well as for admission to a professional teacher training program. The philosophy of the Hutchins Liberal Studies program is to provide a course array that offers opportunities for a well-educated person to confront intellectual issues that transcend individual disciplines.
By participating in a specially-designed sequence including fieldwork and seminar classes, Hutchins Liberal Studies majors will gain highly developed verbal and written communication skills, and will understand each subject of the elementary school curriculum with considerable breadth and depth. This approach is further enhanced by meaningful professional experiences in the elementary classroom.