All BFSS students are required to take survey courses in Western Civilization and United States History, as well as an upper division course, Asia in the Modern World. Additional history electives might include thematic or topical courses such as American Environmental History, The Holocaust, Post-World War II European Political History, Vienna in the History of Europe, the Vietnam War, Women, Men, Love, and Family, or World of Ideas. In addition, various social science survey courses are drawn from the disciplines of economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Study abroad options are available, and encouraged.
The best preparation for today’s college student is a liberal arts education. Compared to someone narrowly trained in a specific technical skill, a liberal arts degree, such as BFSS, provides advantages in today’s job market. Employers often need and look for flexibility, creativity, analytical skills, and effective oral and written communication skills. These skills do not grow obsolete as clear thinking has no expiration date. Coursework in BFSS/history reflects Viterbo’s mission by producing individuals who:
- are critical and creative thinkers.
- can analyze, evaluate, and respond to ethical issues from informed personal, professional, and social value systems.
- can communicate orally and in writing in an appropriate manner both personally and professionally.
- understand their own and other cultural traditions and respect the diversity of the human experience.