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BS in Liberal Studies - Leadership

Purdue University Gobal's BS program in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Leadership is a great fit for students who want flexibility in planning their degree. Leadership-specific curricula stresses communication, management, and other skills valuable to many careers.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, Leadership Concentration

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

This program is designed for students who have some prior credits already and are interested in creating a degree that meets their needs. Up to 75% of the credits towards earning your BS in Liberal Studies can come from prior learning.

Program Description:

The BS in Liberal Studies program is designed by you - there are courses from several disciplines you can pick and choose from in order to create a degree that works best for you. You'll work with your faculty advisor to create a course plan that maximizes your prior credits and skills, as well as helping you find the right path to your career. Additionally, the Leadership concentration is designed to help students prepare for a competitive job market.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

180 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the BS in Liberal Studies, Leadership Concentration:

To complete the BS in Liberal Studies, Leadership Concentration program, you must complete a total of 180 credits, include 33 core credits, 88 major credits, and 59 elective credits. Students are required to take 24 credits in the Leadership concentration, which count as part of the 88 major credits requirements. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements (33 credits)

  • College Composition I
  • College Composition II
  • Professionalism - Theory and Practice in the Global Workplace
  • Choose one of the following Mathematics courses
    • Survey of Mathematics
    • College Algebra
  • Choose one of the following Arts and Humanities courses
    • Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions
    • Ethics
    • Humanities and Culture
  • Choose one of the following Science courses
    • Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World
    • General Biology I - Human Perspectives
    • Fundamentals of Microbiology
    • Fundamentals of Science
  • Choose one of the following Social Science courses
    • The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
    • People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
    • The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

Major Requirements (33 credits)

  • Communication - Concepts and Skills
  • Ethics
  • Statistics
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Principles of Nutrition
  • 100/200 Level Major Electives
    • Communication and Conflict
    • Critical Thinking
    • American Women
  • 300/400 Level Major Electives
    • Bachelor's Capstone in Liberal Studies

Open Elective Requirements (59 credits)

  • 59 Credits of Open Electives

Concentration Requirements (24 credits)

Note: Courses taken towards concentration requirements count towards the major elective requirements listed above.

  • Strategic Communication
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Conflict Management and Team Dynamics

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Since the Liberal Studies degree is designed to be flexible, students who earn this degree can go on to study various topics in graduate school, such as law, psychology, or public service.

Graduate degree options include (but are not limited to):

  • Master of Science in Legal Studies
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Science in Human Services

Career Paths:

The advantage of the Liberal Studies degree is that you can tailor it to your interests and strengths, meaning you have many options for launching your career.

Graduates pursue careers in fields such as:

  • Advertising
  • Criminal Justice
  • Social Services
  • Business Management

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