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.
Next start date: 03/14/2022
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
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:
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:
Admission requirements for the bachelor’s in liberal studies
You are considered a freshman 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).
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.
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