Kaplan University

BS in Liberal Studies

Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies program is designed for students who would like to complete an individualized course of study. Learn more about Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Description:

Students enrolled in Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies program have the opportunity to create an Individualized Learning Plan with the help of a faculty advisor. While creating this plan, students outline their career goals and detail the coursework they plan to take while completing the degree program. Students choose one or two focus areas and incorporate these areas into the plan. This program is a degree completion program and is designed for students with prior credit.* They may be able to transfer in previously earned credits from an accredited college or university.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

180 credits. Kaplan University defines and academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Requirements

  • CM 115: Communication - Concepts and Skills (5 credits)
  • HU 245: Ethics (5 credits)
  • HU 345: Critical Thinking (6 credits)
  • MM 207: Statistics (5 credits)
  • SC 115: Principles of Nutrition (5 credits)
  • SS 124: Introduction to Psychology (5 credits)
  • CM 310: Communication and Conflict (6 credits)
  • SS 360: American Women (6 credits)
  • LI 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Liberal Studies (6 credits)
  • 100/200-level: Major Electives (15 credits)
  • 300/400-level: Major Electives (24 credits)

Core and Elective Requirements

  • CM 107: College Composition I (5 credits)
  • CM 220: College Composition II (5 credits)
  • CS 204: Professional Presence (3 credits)
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • MM 150: Survey of Mathematics
    • MM 212: College Algebra
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • HU 200: Critical Evaluation in the Humanities
    • HU 245: Ethics
    • HU 250: Humanities and Culture
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • SC 200: Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World
    • SC 235: General Biology I - Human Perspectives
    • SC 246: Fundamentals of Microbiology
    • SC 250: Science for Everyday Life
  • Choose one of the following (5 credits):
    • SS 211: The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
    • SS 236: People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
    • SS 250: The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach
  • Open Electives (59 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies program could continue to pursue master's degrees in their area of interest, including interdisciplinary master's degrees or for programs in specific fields.

Career Paths:

The career paths open to a graduate of Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies may depend on the focus areas the student chose. Entry-level careers could be available in many industries and areas, including the government, manufacturing sector, and service industry.