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BS in Liberal Studies

Purdue University Global'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 this Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students who decide to pursue the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies must be self-motivated and determined as they will be responsible for developing their own plan of study. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies is a unique program offering that enables students to determine exactly what they want to study, with the help of a faculty advisor. Comprised of standard general education requirements and major courses, this program also includes electives chosen by the students in one or two focus areas. Through the wide variety of courses in this program, students will learn to appreciate diversity, preparing them for working with people of different cultures and backgrounds in their future workplace. Students will be required to complete a capstone experience as part of their liberal studies.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

180 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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 Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies

This program consists of 33 credit hours of general education courses, 88 credit hours of major courses, and 59 credit hours that are up to the discretion of the student and faculty advisor. Students are also given the opportunity to complete a 24 credit leadership concentration. 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:
    • Survey of Mathematics
    • College Algebra
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions
    • Ethics
    • Humanities and Culture
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World
    • General Biology I - Human Perspectives
    • Fundamentals of Microbiology
    • Fundamentals of Science
  • Choose one of the following:
    • The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
    • People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
    • The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

Major Requirements (88 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
  • Bachelor's Capstone in Liberal Studies
  • 300/400 Level Electives

Open Electives (59 credits)

  • Open Electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies may be interested in pursuing a master's degree upon graduation. Although the specialty of their graduate studies may vary based on the focus they pursued in their bachelor's program, a master's may help students stand out from other job applicants in their chosen field.

Graduates may be interested in pursuing various degrees, including:

  • Master of Science in Human Services
  • Master of Science in Psychology
  • Master of Public Administration

Career Paths:

Completing the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies program offered by Purdue University Global will prepare graduates for work in whatever field they choose to concentrate or for a more general career. This program will give them a well-rounded education that fosters an appreciation for good communication and analytical thinking as well as a good understanding of the importance of diversity, all skills that prove beneficial in the workplace.

Graduates of the program could pursue a variety of careers, including:

  • Editor
  • Public relations personnel
  • College recruiter
  • Academic advisor
  • Program and outreach coordinator

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