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Effective August 9th, 2017

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree is designed for adults whose life and/or experiences may require a non-traditional approach to completing their degree.  The program is intended for students who, for example, have graduated from high school six or more years ago; are financially self-supporting; or have significant life or professional experiences that translate into academic knowledge that can contribute to the completion of the Bachelor’s degree. Unlike a traditional baccalaureate degree, the BLS offers greater flexibility in the timetable leading to graduation because it does not require full-time study, extended residence at the University or foreign language requirements (unless one majors in a foreign language).

Qualifications for the BLS Degree (in random order)

To qualify for the BLS degree, you must meet at least one of the following criteria, and the minimum GPA requirements:

  • 24 years of age or older, OR have graduated from high school six or more years ago
  • be a veteran or active-duty member of the U.S. armed services
  • be married
  • have legal dependents other than a spouse

BA/BS students wishing to transfer programs within their first year of attendance, are only eligible for the BLS degree if they meet the above criteria AND the following criteria as well:

  • must have been eligible for BLS degree program at time of initial application to UMW
  • have completed fewer than 30 credits at UMW
  • have a GPA of 2.5

Transfer Credits

The BLS degree is flexible in the acceptance of credits for prior college-level learning, and can use transfer courses to satisfy general education requirements. A maximum of 90 semester hours of transfer credit may be used to fulfill the requirements for the BLS degree. These credits may include a maximum of 30 credits earned through military service and a maximum of 30 credits earned through a life/work portfolio (up to 30 credits).

Majors and Minors

BLS students may choose to major in any one of the more than 30 majors available in arts and sciences or may create a self-designed, interdisciplinary major (subject to the approval of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies Committee). The Leadership and Management major  has been designed specifically for BLS students, and all core classes are offered in the evenings at our Stafford Campus. This major is only open to BLS students.

Don’t see what you want? Create it.  Special majors allow a student to design a major, with a assistance of a faculty mentor, that meets their own specific interests and/or career goals. You know what you want, make it happen.

Minors are a great way to use your General Elective credits, or enhance your major.