Category: Liberal Arts

Led by passionate faculty directors with doctorates in fields across the liberal arts and sciences, online degree programs in Liberal Arts provide students with invaluable transferable skills in research methods, analysis, writing and communication, creative problem-solving, intercultural mindfulness, knowledge of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, and ethical awareness.

Melissa Evans, Excelsior College Pyschology Faculty

Melissa Evans, of Rotterdam, New York, has taught or worked in the field of industrial organizational psychology for 15 years. She has held positions as a manager, director of human resources, organizational psychologist for the state of South Dakota, psychology professor, researcher, and academic advisor. She has been teaching for Excelsior since August 2017 and …

psychology of personality tests

Personality tests are used for research and job placement but more often for personal entertainment. The good news is that the evidence-based personality tests are highly accurate when used in an appropriate manner. The bad news is that many personality tests the average person encounters are often used in ways that are not only inappropriate …

Walter Were, BS in Liberal Arts grad

When Walter Were was young, he wanted to be a successful businessman and community leader when he grew up. Were says his definition of “success” doesn’t equal the material possessions he’s acquired, but rather how well he can answer the question: “What is your contribution to society?” The 2005 Excelsior graduate has contributed much as …

Jim Holton, History Faculty

Higher education has changed a lot since instructional faculty member Jim Holton attended college, especially in the realm of technology. For example, when he started college, students still used a card catalog and computers to search for items elsewhere in the library. Now, information is readily available at students’ fingertips. Holton understands that students communicate …

asian father and two sons playing at a table

Diana Baumrind, a clinical and developmental psychologist known for her research on parenting styles, began studying parenting styles nearly accidentally. She was originally interested in the various influences related to self-reliant children.  Baumrind’s conjecture was that if we can identify the influences on self-reliant children, we can encourage them in the environment of grade-school children, …

african american dad talking to son instead of putting him in time out

Whether you are a new parent, a seasoned caregiver, or can remember your own experience, we are all familiar with “time out.” New research indicates time out may not be the most effective approach for all children. In case you are unsure of what time out is, it is the social and/or environmental separation of …

Kathryn Elder, teaching

The word “serendipitous” can certainly describe a life. But when it comes to Excelsior College alum Kathryn Elder, the term can also describe a person, one whose breakneck travels, colorful experiences, and career-focused education have transported her to exactly the place she needs to be. Growing up in Cobleskill, New York, Elder started her ongoing …

friends comforting each other

“SOC 240 Addictions in America is a great and timely course. The course was recently revised to reflect contemporary social realities and the different careers that relate to the many types of addictions currently afflicting American society,” says Ted Lehmann, faculty program director for the social sciences and human services. Addictions in America is a …