Students in the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) program can declare any College of Arts & Sciences major offered here at UMW with the exception of Nursing, or pursue our specially designed Leadership and Management major which is only open to BLS students. This major was designed with our working students in mind and offers a number of 8-week core courses and evening courses, which allows for rapid completion and scheduling ease.
Another major open only to BLS students is the Managerial Economics major, which allows students to incorporate previous business-related coursework while exploring a more theoretical approach to business decision making and management planning. Managerial Economics is particularly recommended for students who are transferring to UMW with Associate’s degrees in Business Administration (General or Applied) or with more than 27 credits in business and business-related courses.
The special major in Criminal Justice is primarily designed for BLS students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science in Police Science within the VCCS and wish to continue with the discipline. However, any BLS student who meets the pre-requisites for the major is able to pursue it.
Students also have the option to work with our program director and faculty advisors to design a special interdisciplinary major if, upon review of the academic catalog, there isn’t a major that meets a student’s career goals. Perhaps your line of work is Business Healthcare or Social Work, or maybe you really love Physical and Life Science or Urban Revitalization. You can create a special major using courses offered here at UMW to pursue that specialized line of study instead of a traditional major.
The university has a diverse selection of minors to complement any major, and popular choices include Museum Studies, Economics, and Information Security. See the full list in the Academic Catalog.
See Majors/Minors for additional information and instructions on how to declare a major or minor.