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Comprehensive Liberal Studies Major

The Comprehensive Liberal Studies Major (CLS) offers an opportunity to design a unique program of study based upon the interdisciplinary nature of the liberal arts. Students and faculty advisors create individual CLS majors by choosing courses that have a unifying focus or theme. Interested students should review the detailed guidelines on page 87 of this catalog. Students seeking teacher licensure with endorsement in Elementary Education (preK-6) or Special Education: General Curriculum (K-12) complete a major that reflects the interdisciplinary and interdependent nature of the liberal arts. The 55-60-semester hour Comprehensive Liberal Studies major allows licensure candidates in the above areas to pursue studies in the college's three academic divisions while meeting the competencies of teachers recommended in the Virginia Board of Education's Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in Virginia. A 2.5 GPA in the major is required for graduation and recommendation for licensure. Students seeking licensure with an endorsement in elementary or special education must also complete the professional education coursework outlined in the Education section of the catalog.

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