Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
The Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies is a 42-course, 126-credit degree. It is not designed to overlap with existing degrees but rather to provide qualified students with an academic program that meets their unique needs. Offering students flexibility, independence, and academic rigor, this option provides undergraduate adult learners with the opportunity to draw on the resources of the entire curriculum, across disciplines while building an academic focus in areas they find most important.
Concentration in Integrative Health
The Integrative Health Concentration is a 6 course, 18 credit concentration for students enrolled in BA Program in Liberal Studies or BS in Psychology or BS in Business Management. This concentration focuses on issues relevant to individuals working in alternative health field, including midwifery, acupuncture, yoga therapy, massage and health coaching. Integrative health specialists often work in conjunction with the medical model to provide support, triage and lifestyle coaching to individuals who are seeking wellness. This concentration will give students writing, research and foundational skills on how to communicate about the role of stress, mindfulness, and health psychology to nurses, doctors and clinicians in the field. This interdisciplinary specialization will focus on the student’s ability to communicate and engage in critical thinking about health psychology, and the role of wellness on the individual and societal level. The below concentration courses will replace corresponding open elective credit requirements.
Candidates for Van Loan School’s undergraduate programs should have a minimum of two years full-time work experience. Admission to an undergraduate program requires a high school diploma, GED or conferred Associates degree from an accredited college or university. Prospective students may apply online at www.endicott.edu/VanLoan/Van-Loan-Admissions or submit the following materials to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915:
- Completed undergraduate application;
- Non-refundable $25 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online). Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
- Essay of 250 - 500 words on career goals;
- Official final high school transcript or GED certificate;
- Official transcripts of any post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s), including Joint Service Transcripts;
- Official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.
All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted, or matriculated, in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of 12 Endicott credits.
International Applicants for Undergraduate Admission Requirements
Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants must request that an official academic transcript confirming a secondary school diploma equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma be sent directly from the secondary school. Educational documents from outside the U.S. must be accompanied by a certified English translation, if deemed necessary.
All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency. International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their high school transcript and diploma are not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.
Total Degree Requirements - 126 credits
World Cultures Course - 3 cr.
Aesthetic Awareness & Creative Expression Course - 3 cr.
Literary Perspectives Course - 3 cr.
Individual and Society Course - 3 cr.
Values & Ethical Reasoning Course - 3 cr.
Science & Technology Course - 3 cr.
Global Issues Course - 3 cr.
Liberal Studies Elective* - 3 cr.
General Education Electives - 12 cr.
Core Electives - 6 cr. (must be 300 level or higher)
Open Electives - 33 cr.
*Liberal Studies Electives
Foreign Language Course - 3 cr.
Total Number of Credits Required for Concentration- 18 credits
Required Concentration Courses
Elective* - 3 cr.
*Required Concentration Elective
Upon completion of the program, students will:
- Effectively communicate in writing and through oral communication.
- Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the concentration.
- Recall and apply the basic foundational knowledge of educational studies as delivered through the Baccalaureate Core.
- Students will demonstrate an understanding of the field of education including the areas of historic and current trends, assessment, special needs, psychology and technology.
- Design, execute and present a personal project, which synthesizes and applies, selected knowledge, skills and experiences appropriate to the students’ personal and professional goals and/or their chosen area of specialization.
In addition to fulfilling the outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, students completing the concentration in Integrative Health will:
- Recall and apply the foundational knowledge of health psychology as it applies to integrative health.
- Demonstrate the writing, critical thinking, research and presentation skills necessary to communicate across the integrative health field.
- Understand processes that strengthen individual and community accountability and awareness of health disparities.
- Recognize business conventions and opportunities within the integrative health field and execute projects that enhance the field.
- Develop the self and interpersonal awareness necessary to build resilience in one’s self, community and work environments.