Liberal Studies Major and Bachelor's Degree Program Information

Liberal studies degree programs offer courses in a range of topics. Some programs allow students to choose a specialty area of study, while others prevent students from choosing too many courses related to the same subject.

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Essential Information

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in liberal studies allow students to choose a high proportion of the courses they take. Bachelor's degree programs in liberal studies provide students with a knowledge base applicable to careers in a variety of fields. Some programs are designed to prepare graduates for teaching careers.

Prerequisites for these four-year programs include a high school diploma or its equivalent. An aptitude in a broad range of subjects and strong communication and critical thinking skills are encouraged. In addition, Advanced Placement (AP) high school courses in art, biology, English and algebra may be beneficial to applicants.


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Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies

Coursework included in bachelor's degree programs in liberal studies varies substantially by school and student. Since students choose the areas they would like to emphasize, there isn't a single set curriculum. Most programs offer classes in the social sciences and humanities and electives in the physical sciences and mathematics. Students often learn about the topics listed below:

  • Art history
  • Theories of government
  • Abnormal and experimental psychology
  • Sociology
  • Literature
  • World history

Popular Career Options

People who earn a bachelor's degree in liberal studies often choose a specialization at the graduate level and continue their education. Other graduates utilize the wide knowledge base obtained in liberal studies to become educators. Other popular career options are listed below:

  • Business administrator
  • Sales associate
  • Marketing professional

Job Outlook and Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projected job growth of 7% for retail sales workers, about as fast as the average for all occupations, from 2014-2024. As of May 2015, retail salespersons made a median annual salary of $21,780, the BLS reported. Marketing research analysts were expected to see job growth of 19% in that decade, much faster than average, and marketing research analysts and specialists made a median annual salary of $61,150 in 2015. Job outlook and salary information for business administrators varied widely by specialization; financial managers, for example, could expect job growth of 7% from 2014-2024 and earned a median annual salary of $117,990 as of May 2015, the BLS reported.

Continuing Education Information

Individuals who earn a bachelor's degree in liberal studies often pursue a certificate in a field like marketing or business administration to improve their employment prospects. Other students take pre-professional electives, preparing them for further education in areas like law or medicine.

Although liberal studies programs at the bachelor's degree level vary greatly, a wide variety of courses are generally taught including literature, world history and psychology. Graduates of a liberal studies bachelor's degree program often continue their education at the master's degree level or become educators.

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