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.
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:
* 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.
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