The bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in liberal studies degrees provide a wide range of educational options leading to an individualized educational program. The required seminar courses are offered online and through independent study while the electives may be completed online, hybrid or in a traditional classroom. The program focuses on social sciences, natural sciences, humanities/fine arts, and an individualized area of research.
The degree requires students to earn a total of 27 credits in Liberal Studies core courses (3 credits each):
- BLS 300 Introduction to Liberal Studies
- BLS 400 Humanities/Fine Arts Seminar
- BLS 405 Research in Humanities and Fine Arts
- BLS 410 Natural and Mathematical Sciences Seminar
- BLS 415 Research in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences
- BLS 420 Social Sciences Seminar
- BLS 425 Research in the Social Sciences
- BLS 430 Integrating Seminar
- BLS 435 Integrating Seminar Research
Under advisement, students select 33 credits of electives across the disciplines, offered in varied instructional formats.
Student Learning OutcomesStudent learning outcomes (SLOs) for Liberal Studies students must be understood in the context of a multidisciplinary program with no prescribed core of specific courses (although there is a core of prescribed disciplinary categories), considerable variation in courses making up each Liberal Studies candidate's plan of study (POS), and each student's differing personal and professional goals. Nevertheless, a number of SLOs are expected for all Liberal Studies candidates. These include:
- Contributors to Knowledge – Examine the unique perspective of the arts and humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences as contributors to knowledge.
- Multidisciplinary Nature of Knowledge – Analyze the multidisciplinary nature of knowledge, and assess the value of a multidisciplinary approach to scholarship.
- Self and Nature within Contemporary Society – Provide examples of the way in which insights and methodologies from the arts and humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences contribute to an understanding of one's self and nature within contemporary society.
- Knowledge Skills and Application – Assess interrelationships between areas of knowledge and skill within the Plan of Study, illustrate how these areas provide an integrated holistic overview.
- Critical Reasoning – Use critical reasoning skills to evaluate and synthesize knowledge from different disciplinary perspectives.
- Effective Communication – Employ effective communication skills through coherent and well-organized written and verbal presentations.