BLS Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree requires completion of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours. Those hours are distributed in three categories: General Education requirements, Major program of study, and Elective credit to round out the degree.

Major: A completed approved major, or special major, with a grade-point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0 in the major.

General Electives: Additional courses to reach at least 120 credits on your Academic Transcript Total.

Elective credits are those that are needed to complete the minimum 120 credits required for graduation. These courses may be taken graded, or pass/fail. BLS students may earn elective credit at the University of Mary Washington, or at other accredited institutions.

BLS General Education Requirements

Beginning Fall 1993, students who earned an Associate’s Degree (except General Studies [at some VCCS institutions] or Applied Science degrees) for the Virginia Community College System, automatically fulfill the general education requirements. Use this link to access the transfer information page Office of the Registrar, Resources & Publications

Starting in Fall of 2012, students who earned an Associates of Applied Science from Germanna Community College fulfill the general education requirements. For a complete listing visit the Registrar’s Office Transfer Credit Guide.

The BLS degree general education requirements are as follows:

Quantitative Reasoning: One course focusing on the role of quantitative information in various settings, and the ability to reason abstractly.

Natural Science: One course including a laboratory component, focusing on the natural sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, etc.), on the scientific mode of inquiry, and the ways in which the natural sciences affect students’ everyday experiences and choices as citizens. Must be 4 credits.

Quantitative Reasoning or Natural Science: One course focusing on the role of quantitative information and the ability to reason abstractly, or natural science, or mathematical applications such as computer science, logic, or music theory.

Human Experience and Society: Two courses from two different disciplines that explore the forces shaping human activity, relationships, social structures, institutions, and intellectual systems.

Global Inquiry: One course focusing on global interconnections related to economic, political, cultural, social, public health, or environmental issues. An approved study abroad, or other field program, can fulfill this requirement if it includes a satisfactory evaluation or written reflection of a student’s experience in that program by a University of Mary Washington faculty member.

Arts, Literature, and Performance: Two courses focusing on art, literature, or performance, with at least one course focusing on the appreciation and interpretation of artistic expressions listed in the Appreciation section. The second course may provide an opportunity for exploring the process of creating artistic work listed in the Process list, or another Appreciation course.

Courses that will meet the various requirements are published on the General Education Course List Keep in mind that the requirements listed on this site are for BA/BS students, but the courses listed are the same for BLS students.

Writing Intensive: Three courses designated writing intensive (WI), which may include English Composition (ENGL 101) or its equivalent. When registering for a course designated Writing Intensive (WI), please make sure to register for the appropriate section with this designation.

Speaking Intensive: One course designated speaking intensive (SI). When registering for a course designated Speaking Intensive (SI), please make sure to register for the appropriate section with this designation.

BLS Residency and Grade-Point Average Requirement

Students are required to complete at least 30 UMW credit hours to satisfy the residency requirement. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00, and a major grade-point average of 2.00 are also required for the BLS degree.