Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies

Campus Locations Boston, Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 160
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes

Overview

Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Create a Degree Program that Meets your Personal Goals

If you’re an independent thinker and want to pave your own path, then the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies may be perfect for you. Working with an academic advisor, you will select specific academic courses to compose a degree program that meets your intellectual, personal, and professional goals.

Choosing from more an array of options, you will have the unique opportunity to build a program that is finely tuned to your strengths and interests.  Unlike traditional undergraduate degree programs in which you major in a specific academic area, this program allows you to pursue an area of interest that is not pre-defined as a major concentration.

Career Outlook

Your career prospects will be largely dependent upon your course of study and the industry that you choose to pursue. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in occupations that require at least a bachelor's degree is expected to grow faster than employment in other sectors of the American labor market.

Interested in learning more about our bachelor's degrees and the pace yourself format? View our recently filmed webinar.


Core Curriculum

College of Professional Studies degrees* integrate a core set of course requirements that ensure all of our graduates possess a well-rounded educational background and understanding of the world. The core courses allow students to gain insights into disciplines other than their field of study, as well as develop expertise in written and oral communication and critical thinking.

 


Written Communication (12 q.h.)

Effective with the Fall 2013 term, all three English course requirements in the Written Communication area of the core curriculum will have a 1-credit writing lab co-requisite. This applies to all new and returning students.

Complete the following three courses and labs:

ENG 1004/1014 College English 1/ Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 1005/1015 College English 2/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 3006/3007 College English Workshop/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.


Diversity (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World* 3 q.h.
SOC 1110 Diversity 3 q.h.
SOC 1635 Race and Ethnicity 3 q.h.


Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

ITC Information Technology Elective 3 q.h.

Suggested courses:

 

ITC 1001 Intro to PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 2003 Advanced PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 1255 Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management 3 q.h.

Mathematics (6 q.h.)

Complete a minimum of six quarter hours from the following courses:

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h.
MTH 2512 Finite Mathematics 3 q.h.
ECN 2001 Statistics 1 3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.


Ethical & Political Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.
PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.


Science Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Choose one course with any one of the following prefixes: BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, PHY

 

Suggested courses:

 

BIO 1010 Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 1825 Biology Today: An issues Approach 3 q.h.
CHM 2105 Chemistry and the Environment 3 q.h.
ESC 1525 Energy for Today and Tomorrow 3 q.h.


Historical Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Strongly Recommended:

 

HST 3131 The World: 1945-Present 3 q.h.

Other choices:

 

HST 1003 Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 3213 Contemporary America 3 q.h.
HST 2205 Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience
3 q.h.

 

Total Core Curriculum: 33 q.h.


*Degree requirements vary. Some degrees require specific core choices.
See curriculum pages for more information.


Curriculum

Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.

Core Curriculum (33 q.h.)

We require all bachelor's degree students to complete required core curriculum, allowing you to gain insight into disciplines other than your field of study.

Major Courses (54 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

INT 2305 Introduction to Liberal Studies 3 q.h.
INT 4891 Senior Project in Liberal Studies 3 q.h.

Complete one of the following courses:

HST 1001 The Civilization of the Ancient & Medieval World 3 q.h.
HST 1002 The Civilization of the Early Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 1003 The Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.

Complete twenty-one credits of Humanities electives from the following prefixes:

ART, CMN, ENG, JRN, PHL, TCC, or a modern foreign language 21 q.h.

Complete nine credits of Math-Science electives from the following prefixes:    

BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, MTH, PHY 9 q.h.

Complete fifteen credits of Social Science electives from the following prefixes:

CJS, ECN, HST, POL, PSY, SOC 15 q.h.

 

Open and Specialization Electives

Note: A program of specialization is identified after the completion of INT 2305

Non-Business Electives (48 q.h.)

Open Electives (25 q.h.)

 

Required minimum credit hours: 160 q.h.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.

 


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $60,480.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.


Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

With the guidance of a Northeastern University faculty member, you will create a program that integrates liberal arts with a special concentration.

Candidates for this porgram may be interested in pursuing a career as a:

  • Top- or mid-level manager
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Insurance, securities, real estate, or business service professional

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Design and implement a curriculum plan that identifies an area of specialization mapping degree completion requirements; define, construct, and execute an in-depth senior capstone project requiring synthesis of undergraduate knowledge and application of writing skills, analytic thinking, and research methodologies; differentiate among the varieties of liberal studies disciplines.

  2. Broad Diversity of Integrated Knowledge
    Assimilate and integrate disciplinary methods; organize broad and complex areas of knowledge; demonstrate an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of contemporary issues through an understanding of methodologies and content of the humanities, social sciences and sciences expressed through the use of multiple written formats.

  3. Flexible Intellectual Skills
    Question, analyze, evaluate, and recognize precedent in theoretical and empirical studies, including primary and secondary sources; demonstrate deduction and evidence-based critical thinking in essays, tests, class presentations, and research projects; develop personal insight.

  4. Applied Learning
    Design an in-depth senior capstone project, based on a topic related to the student’s academic specialization; conduct primary and secondary source research; analyze and evaluate complex and competing source materials, according to best evidence and academic standards; write and present research findings. This project serves as experiential education as it is the culmination and practice of undergraduate student learning.

  5. Civic Learning
    Assess, develop, and evaluate a position on a significant public policy question in the student’s academic specialization, taking into account scholarly and community perspectives.

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