Liberty Studies Minor

The program is not accepting applications for the Liberty Studies minor at this time.

The Liberty Studies minor is a course of study focusing on the foundations, meanings, and implications of what it is to be free. It poses the fundamental question of “What can I do with my life?” It questions the power of institutions and the legitimacy of the constraints they impose. It explores freedom and liberty from multiple perspectives, including minorities and women in our own culture, and indigenous people of other times and places. Liberty Studies examines the costs and benefits of free human interaction, the need of naturally social animals to be left alone, and ultimately wrestles with the questions of what freedom and liberty are and should be.

The Liberty Studies minor approaches the study of liberty in relation to three subject areas commonly addressed in the literature: economic activity, government, and cultural influences. The study of these three areas is integrated both in how individual courses relate to each other individually and are tied together by the required courses. 

Students must take LIS 211 and either PHI 341 or PHI 441. Then students must take one course in each of the following three categories:

  • Liberty and Commerce
  • Liberty and Authority
  • Liberty and Culture


Required Courses
LIS 211Liberty Studies3
PHI 341Ethics3
or PHI 441 Moral Theory
Select one course from each of the three categories listed below:10-11
Liberty and Commerce
Philosophy of Business
Free Market Philosophies
Rationality and Moral Choice
Liberty and Authority
ECCE: Civil Rights Movement of the Twentieth Century
Intellectual Origins of the American Revolution
Liberty Struggles
Social Philosophy
Liberty and Culture
Individualism and Self-Reliance in America
History of Modern Philosophy
American Society
Total Hours16-17