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Liberal Studies (BA)

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2009 - Spring 2010 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies (BA)

Major: LBST

Degree: BA

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)

Liberal Studies offers eligible students an opportunity to design an independent major, through a multi-disciplinary curriculum.  Once the student has identified a goal or interest, the Liberal Studies academic advisor offers guidance in creating a personalized degree program.

Eligibility criteria and information regarding admission into the major may be found at . Proposals must be approved by the program director prior to admission into the major.

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the program's Learning Outcomes Measurement.


Type Total
General Education 34

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program; see the General Education requirements and the courses that fulfill them. Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements

Type Semester
General 101: A&S Orientation 1  

Foreign Language
(completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language)

WR—two approved courses at the 300 level or above
(may be incorporated into other degree requirements)
Total   13

Liberal Studies Program

Type Semester
Liberal Studies 300 3  
English 3091 3  
Senior Seminar (may be incorporated into other degree requirements) 3  


Fields of Concentration

Type Semester
First concentration (approved A&S minor)2 18-24  
Second concentration3 12-18  
Third concentration 12-18  
Total   48-69

Electives & Total Hours

Type Hours
Minimum Electives 5-26
Minimum Total 121

NOTE: At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above with at least six credit hours in each of two of the three Divisions of the College.

1 Fulfills one WR requirement

2 Students identifying Middle Grades Education as their goal may substitute a state-approved “Teaching Field” for the department minor. If two teaching fields are selected, a third area of concentration is unnecessary. See program advisor for additional information.

3 The third Area of Concentration may be a block of courses from one of five University divisions outside the College of Arts and Sciences: College of Business, College of Education and Human Development, School of Music, School of Nursing or Speed Scientific School.  No more than 24 hours earned outside the College of Arts and Sciences

May be applied to the Liberal Studies degree.

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