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Liberal Studies for Education (BA), 4-Year

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With a degree in liberal studies, you'll benefit from a well-rounded education appropriate to careers and graduate level-study in fields, including education.

Overview & Distinctions


A broad academic foundation in liberal arts and sciences provides a wider perspective than traditional undergraduate majors.

If you choose to become an educator, the broad-based coursework of the liberal studies major will give you the knowledge you need for teaching at the childhood level (elementary 1-6). With our combined BA/MS degree, you start taking graduate classes in your third year as an undergraduate. Enter our program as a freshman, get your BA/MS in five years - you'll enter the career marketplace a full year earlier than others.

You'll finish in five years instead of six, with two degrees, and be eligible for New York State professional certification.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • D'Youville College's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take.
  • You’ll be supported every step of the way by faculty who are committed to your success and by a close-knit, supportive community of fellow graduate candidates.
  • You’ll receive a personalized education in small classroom settings from faculty who are committed to both rigorous scholarship and the practical application of knowledge in real-world settings



When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application! Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship GPA / SAT (M & EBRW)* / or ACT Tuition Waiver Amount Dorm GPA required to retain scholarship
Honors 88/1170 /or 24 50% off 25% off 2.75
Distinction 80/1080 /or 21 25% off  50% off 2.5 
Achievement 80/980 /or 19 $3,000    2.25
Transfer 3.5 $5,000  


Transfer 3.0 $4,000  


Transfer 2.75 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 /or 29 100% off  25%  2.75
Buffalo Say Yes No GPA minimum requirement/1080 /or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.


First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville College as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria: 
High School Average SAT (or) ACT
80  980  19
⁺Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median 
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23
*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville College as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.




Course Number Course Name Credits
EDU 101 Seminar in Education  
EDU 201 Historical Foundations of Education in the United States  
EDU 335 Classroom Management and Student Motivation  
EDU 375 Technology in Education  
EDU 450 Assessment and Evaluation in Education  
Subtotal 15


Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 215 World Literature I  
ENG 216 World Literature II  
ENG 218 Minority Voices  
  One (1) 300-level Literature Course  
Subtotal 9

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHI 204 Logic  
PHI 401 The Person  
RS 102 Belief and Unbelief in the Brave New World  
Subtotal 9

Fine Arts and Foreign Languages

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 231 Advanced Writing I  
ENG 232 Advanced Writing II  
SPE 201 Speech  
  Two (2) Fine Arts Electives  
  Two (2) Foreign Language Courses  
Subtotal 18

Social Sciences

Course Number Course Name Credits
HIS 203 American Economic and Social History I  
HIS 204 American Economic and Social History II  
HIS 103 Comparing World Civilizations  
  Other non-North American History (300-400 level course)  
PSY 101 General Psychology  
PSY 203 Developmental Psychology  
SOC 211 The Changing Social World  
SOC 311 Sociology of Families  
Subtotal 18


Course Number Course Name Credits
  Three (3) MAT courses except for MAT 101  
Subtotal 9

Natural Sciences

Course Number Course Name Credits
  Five (5) of CHE, BIO or PHY: at least one of each, three (3) must be with a lab component (except CHE 105)  
Subtotal minimum 18

Other Core Requirements

Course Number Course Name Credits
ENG 111 English Communication  
ENG 112 English Communication  
PHI 201 Ethics in Theory and Action  
RS 201 Religion and Social Responsibility  
ENG 112 English Communication  
PSC 201 American Government and Economics  
ECO 201 Macro Economics  
ECO 202 Micro Economics  
SOC 101 Principles of Sociology  
SOC 102 Social Problems  
CSC Core  
Subtotal minimum 18

Graduate Courses available at the undergraduate level

Course Number Course Name Credits
EDU 621 Elementary School General Strategies  
EDU 652 Curriculum Planning in Education  
EDU 656 Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education  
SED 643 Theoretical Perspectives in the Education of Individuals with Mild Disabilities  
SED 644 Theoretical Perspectives in the Education of Individuals with Severe/Profound Disabilities  
Subtotal 9

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