Online Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies is Arizona State University's most flexible degree. With only two core courses, the majority of the liberal studies major is focused on electives of your choosing. You’ll be able to explore multiple interests while developing a multidisciplinary skill set relevant to a variety of careers.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 01/09/2023


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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What is a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies?

A liberal studies degree prepares you to advance across multiple disciplines and emerge as a well-rounded leader. While you must complete your core courses, you’ll spend most of your time exploring your own intellectual and professional interests through the selection of humanities and social sciences courses as well as various electives. With an emphasis on the humanities and social sciences, this program empowers you to become a stronger creative thinker and problem-solver.

Explore your own interests

 

As you pursue your liberal studies degree, you can tailor the courses to your unique interests and career goals. The multidisciplinary aspect of this degree develops historical, global and cultural awareness through a diverse and integrative approach to learning. You’ll also develop a broad and transferable skill set that can be applied to many different jobs. A few examples include:

  • Critical thinking and inquiry.
  • Creative thinking skills.
  • Data and information analysis.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Training and teaching others.
  • Writing and communication.

A liberal studies degree facilitates breadth of experience

 

The liberal studies degree is ideal for students who want to explore multiple areas of study or have career goals that don’t fit into one single discipline. The flexibility of this degree is also valuable for transfer students because a wider variety of credits are eligible for transfer. Students from Arizona community colleges can transfer up to 75 credits.

You’ll also have the opportunity to earn this bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in as little as five years with our unique 4+1 option. Eligible students can choose between earning a Master of Liberal Studies or a Master of Science in organizational leadership. To take advantage of this unique opportunity, you must apply during your junior year. Please keep in mind each program has unique requirements to be eligible. Speak with your advisor for additional information.

Will my liberal studies degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Featured courses for liberal studies majors

The liberal studies degree features a highly flexible curriculum. You’ll select four humanities classes and four social science classes with hundreds to choose from each semester. You’ll also complete two liberal studies core courses. The remaining 90 credits can be completed with electives, transfer credits, a second major, a couple of minors or certificates. Some examples of classes you might take include:


LST 370: Dimensions of Liberal Studies (L or HU)


LST 470: Liberal Studies Seminar


What can you do with a liberal studies degree?

A liberal studies degree can prepare you for careers in business or nonprofit management, writing, public relations, social services, urban planning, local government and more. The ability to work collaboratively and think critically is vital for professional development and sets you up for success in many different industries. Some roles you may consider include:

Communications Specialist


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Corporate Trainer


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Editor


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Salary: $63,400

Employee Training Manager


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Fundraising Consultant


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Salary: $59,610

Loan Officer


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Salary: $63,960

Market Research Analyst


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Salary: $65,810

Police Sergeant/Detective


Growth: 5.2 %
Salary: $92,970

Leading faculty from a range of different disciplines

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Leading faculty from a range of different disciplines

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Admission requirements for the bachelor’s in liberal studies

I am a future

You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Study at a globally recognized university

Arizona State University is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report.

#1


in innovation for 8 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 10


best online bachelor’s programs.

Top 10%


best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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