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Liberal Studies

Surround Yourself with Opportunities

At Humphreys University, we educate motivated and determined students who desire a practical academic program. Our Liberal Studies program is designed specifically for busy adults – that’s why we offer our courses online, evenings, and in hybrid formats.

Our professors are experts in their fields – non-profit executives, entrepreneurs, chief executive officers, lawyers, and other specialists. Our professors understand what real-world experience to incorporate into the classroom. Because we keep our classes small – five to twenty students – you get the guidance and support you need to succeed.

The pace of our quarter system makes it easier to juggle the demands of life with each quarter lasting only 11 weeks. All the courses are clearly organized so you know what you need to do each week.

You can start the Liberal Studies program at the start of any of our four terms. Our quarters begin early October, January, April, and July. The application process is easy, and counselors are available walk you through the financial aid process.

A degree in Liberal Studies opens doors to several careers requiring a bachelor’s degree. This degree was designed with aspiring elementary school teachers in mind. Since the degree includes a wide variety of subjects, graduates are provided with a liberal studies foundation that helps them thrive in their post-graduate endeavors. Our Liberal Studies program also prepares graduates to be successful in pursuit of a California teaching credential, including the Multiple Subject Credential offered at Humphreys. With its emphases in the social behavioral sciences and the humanities, our baccalaureate degree also prepares students for graduate programs in education, liberal studies, and law.

Students in our
Liberal Studies 
Program will

• Be able to state clearly and support with evidence well-reasoned positions through concise and proper use of the English language

• Deliver oral presentations reflecting a keen sense of audience needs and expectations relevant to the rhetorical context

• Identify the common and divergent artistic, philosophical, and religious expressions of world societies; recognize these expressions as cultural products of their times with an emphasis on literature as that product; and understand how these expressions have been historically used

• Facility to reflect, conduct research, synthesize, and critically approach the humanities

• Understand the interrelationships of individual and social forces that have given rise to political, social, and individual developments and of how these forces and developments affect the direction of humanity on both the individual and social levels

• Understand the scope, terminology, methodology, and applications of the natural sciences and the benefits and risks of the interaction between humans and nature

• Use and represent properly mathematical processes—operations, numbers, formulas—in order to solve increasingly sophisticated arithmetic, geometric, and algebraic problems, and to generalize these processes for use in solving applied problems that pertain to other academic disciplines or professional uses

• Think critically and to use research techniques and methods as part of the habit of life-long learning

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (181 Units)


To learn more about degree requirements and courses offered in the Liberal Arts department, see pages 90-106 in our current Academic Catalog

Meet Our Faculty


Ms. Becerra is the Dean of Instruction and Chair for Liberal Studies. She has been with Humphreys since 1982. Ms. Becerra graduated from California State University, Sacramento and received a Master of Arts in English and Literature.


Dr. Chabot is our Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of Community Studies. Dr. Chabot has taught at HU since 1996 and has directed the Community Studies program since 1998. Dr. Chabot attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he earned his Ph.D. in Sociology.


Dr. Perkner teaches for the Liberal Studies department. He has taught at Humphreys since 1998. He earned his Ph.D. in History from Comenius University in Czechoslovakia.


Ms. Mottison is our Assistant Professor in Liberal Arts. She has taught at Humphreys since 2003 and teaches on our Modesto campus. She earned her Master of Science in Education from National University.


Ms. Walton is our Assistant Professor in Liberal Arts. She has taught at Humphreys since 2005. She earned her Master of Business Administration and her Master of Arts in English from National University.


Ms. Hootman is our Assistant Professor in Liberal Arts. She teaches many of our science and math courses under the Liberal Studies department. She attended California State University, Sacramento for her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in geology. She is an avid road cyclist and likes to spend time in nature, hiking and camping.


Kerry Moquett received her master’s degree in English from CSU Sacramento and her Doctor of Education from Northcentral University. She is a high school English teacher for Lammersville Unified School District for four years, the lead faculty area chair for University of Phoenix for nine years, adjunct professor for Delta College for 29 years, and also an adjunct professor for Humphreys University for 27 years.


Lorraine Doria studied at UC Davis and received her bachelor’s degree in History. She went on to earn her master’s degree from CSU Stanislaus in History. She was a teacher at Sylvan Learning and is currently an adjunct professor for both Merced Community College and Humphreys University.

Why Choose Humphreys University?

Accreditation is important; Humphreys University is accredited by Western Association of Schools & Colleges Senior College & University Commission.

As a non-profit institution, we emphasize community, academics, and affordability, all while giving you the resources you need to succeed.

Courses are conveniently offered on our Stockton and Modesto campuses— evenings and online.

Applications for enrollment are accepted all year. Apply soon to begin during one of our upcoming quarters.

Get the aid you need for the degree you want. We offer grants (including Cal Grants), loans, scholarships, and work-study funds for qualifying students.

Support services are provided to all students. Including computer facilities, tutoring and library services, and career counseling.

Your Future in
Liberal Studies

Our programs are designed with your goals in mind. Our Liberal Studies graduates have a comprehensive knowledge of varied subjects. Your options with a Liberal Studies degree encompass many fields thanks to its strong foundation. Consider any of these careers in Liberal Studies:

• Teacher

• Counselor

• Editor

• Researcher