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The Bachelor of Liberal Studies Degree

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree is designed for adults who want to major in a traditional arts and science discipline, but unlike a traditional baccalaureate degree, the BLS degree 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). Regardless of the major you select, as a BLS student you will receive a broad, well-rounded education, including subjects in the arts, natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences.

Qualifications for the BLS Degree

To qualify for the BLS degree, you must have at least one of the following characteristics:

  • graduated from high school six or more years ago
  • is a veteran or active-duty member of the U.S. armed services
  • is married
  • has legal dependents other than a spouse
  • is financially self-supporting

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.

BLS students may choose to major in any one of the more than 35 majors available in the College of Arts and Sciences, or may create a self-designed, interdisciplinary major (subject to the approval of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies Committee). BLS students may also select the Leadership and Management major which is designed specifically for BLS students who need evening classes.

The BLS degree program is very flexible in the acceptance of credits for prior college-level learning, and can use more transfer courses to satisfy general education requirements. This includes not only traditional college courses, but also credit-by-exam, CLEP, military (ACE) credits, and experiential learning documented in a life/work portfolio.

Our curriculum also provides the flexibility of creating your own major. Special majors must be created under the direction of the BLS office and in consultation with a faculty member who will assist the student in creating a major curriculum.