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Liberal Arts, BLS


The Bachelor of Liberal Studies with a major in Liberal Arts allows students to take courses in the broad array of liberal arts disciplines, including English, history, literature, political science, psychology, sociology, and the natural sciences. Students can use the communication, reasoning, and thinking skills developed during this course of study to enter into a wide choice of careers. Employers want people with proven abilities to think critically about a range of topics, and this major prepares students to think broadly in our rapidly changing world.

Students choose a series of courses forming a coherent interdisciplinary program in consultation with an advisor. The major consists of a 24 semester hour specialization in one of three areas: humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences. A combined total of 24 semester hours is required in the other two areas. All three areas must be represented in the major.


A maximum of six 100-level courses are allowed in the major; a minimum of five 300-level courses in the major are required.

  Four to six courses in a second area of the liberal arts .....12-18
  Two to four courses in the third area .....6-12

Courses in an area of specialization

  Eight courses in either humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences; .....24
  Five of the eight courses must be in a single academic discipline. .....

Core Curriculum

BLS degrees replace traditional general education courses and electives with an innovative Core Curriculum, consisting of interdisciplinary seminars and a Senior Thesis research project. These seminars, designed for adult students, reduce the time required to complete degree requirements. Courses in the BLS core are designated with the PLS prefix (Professional and Liberal Studies). The BLS Core Curriculum includes:

Introductory Seminars

  MATH 095 Developmental Mathematics .....
  MATH 110 Quantitative Reasoning or PLS 290 (see below) .....3
  PLS 201 Pro-Seminar in Critical Skills (for students with <60h of transfer credit) - OR PLS 302 (see below) .....6
  PLS 290 Seminar in Technological and Quantitative Literacy -OR- Math 110 Quantitative Reasoning .....3
  PLS 302 Methods of Critical Reasoning (for students with >60h transfer credit or AA/AS degree) .....3

Senior Seminars

  PLS 390 Seminar in the Social Sciences .....6
  PLS 391 Seminar in the Natural Sciences .....6
  PLS 392 Seminar in the Humanities .....6
  PLS 399 Senior Thesis .....3

University Writing Requirement

  Roosevelt University Assessment placement test to determine if additional courses are required .....
  ENG 101 Introduction to Composition .....3
  ENG 102 Argument, Analysis, Research .....3

Senior Seminars

* Students may waive one PLS Senior Seminar with nine semester hours of appropriate transferable credit with at least a 2.0 average in a single seminar area; students with 60 semester hours of transfer credit or an Associates’ Degree in Arts or Science may waive two Senior Seminars.

Other Requirements

  • Students must be 24 years of age when they start the program.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at Roosevelt and maintain a 2.0 grade point average to graduate.
  • Students must successfully complete a minimum of nine semester hours at the 300 level in the major at Roosevelt.
  • Students must consult with an advisor every semester prior to registering to ensure that selected courses are appropriate for their specific BLS major.