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At Kaplan University, we understand that in order to stand out in today’s job market you need to develop a variety of skills and basic knowledge of your chosen field. That is why we invite you to choose a combination of courses from a number of disciplines in our Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies degree program. This online bachelor's degree program in liberal studies is unique because it gives you the opportunity to transfer previously earned credits from an accredited college or university, or design a program of study based on a sequence of selected elective courses. Simply stated, Kaplan University lets you decide what you want to learn. It is the power of choice.
While Kaplan University aims to cater to your specific needs, we also focus on providing a program that rests solidly on a general education foundation. Duties for graduates of this program may include a variety of responsibilities, depending upon the area of concentrated study. No matter what you choose to study, deciding to further your education with Kaplan University lets you take the first step toward pursing a rewarding career.
This program prepares students to acquire the breadth of knowledge required to pursue positions in a variety of fields, depending on the concentration you choose. You could seek to enter the fields advertising, public relations, human resources, law, criminal justice, health care, social services, business management, marketing, and more.*
Due to the fact that students can choose what they want their studies to concentrate on, individuals looking to play an active role in the direction of their career should pursue a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies.
If you already have an associate's or bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university and are interested furthering your education with Kaplan University, our advanced start program can help you earn a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies in as little as two years.†
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
Online Start Date
Jun 05, 2013
Online Start Date
Jul 03, 2013
Students will learn how to communicate effectively in their professional field using various writing styles. Students will also identify and further develop their own writing process. Grammar and mechanics will be reviewed, helping students focus on the areas that will improve their writing.
Any Academic Strategies course or any Eight Skills of the Effective Student course
Total Program Credits: 180
This course helps students apply research and
critical thinking skills to develop effective arguments. Students
will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft
revision strategies, working constructively with
Any College Composition I
course introduces students to multidisciplinary techniques and concepts
pertinent to lifelong career development and professionalism. Students explore
career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method in order to
pursue employment interests and career goals. Concepts include various professional
communication skills appropriate for the global workplace, interpersonal relationship
management, professional behavior, financial decision making, marketability,
and using proper technologies to manage professional identities.
The purpose of this introductory-level
American government course is to provide students with crucial
knowledge about how government works and about how they, as
individual citizens, fit within that system. Focus is on the
rights and obligations of citizens under the democratic political
system established under the U.S. Constitution; the branches and
levels of government; and the role of the media. This fundamental
knowledge combined with critical thinking skills will be valuable
personally and professionally.
This course will take an in-depth look at the 1960s as a significant era in American history. Adopting multiple perspectives, we will explore the societal impact of such issues as the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, the Countercultural, Civil Rights, and Feminist Movements, the advent of the birth control pill, and many others. Through exploring the music, political climate, and advancements in technology and medicine of this historical era, we will discover how our individual lives and society as a whole were forever changed.
Any college composition course
This is a social science survey course that will examine science and technology from a variety of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, history, political science, anthropology, and economics. The use of science and technology has been a driving force behind all of human history, and even more so today. This course will take an interactive approach to study the relationship between humanity and technology throughout time and across the globe.
Any College Composition I Course
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the most important concepts in science including inheritance, energy, randomness, and measurement. In addition, the course will give students a chance to explore the human aspects of science: how people put science into practice, how societies think about scientific findings, and why science depends on ethical practices. Knowledge gained in the course will help inform further study in many disciplines and will help students better understand how science affects their personal and professional lives.
of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics.
The role of microorganisms and their affect on humans and the environment will
also be explained. Aspects of medical and public health will be emphasized, as
will bacterial and viral diseases, parasites, immunology, and epidemiology.
Course material and labs are directly relevant to studies in health sciences, biological
sciences, nursing, and genetics.
In this introduction to biology, students will
explore the living world of humans. The course emphasizes the
processes of life from the molecular work of genes and proteins
to human organ systems, all the way up to food webs and
overpopulation. Practical applications of biology in everyday
life are stressed throughout the course. No prior study of
biology is required to enroll in this nonmajors
Science for Everyday Life is designed to help students recognize the importance of science as it impacts their daily lives in so many different ways. In this course, students will explore different rooms within a typical home and discover what role science plays as they investigate areas such as their kitchen and bathroom, the garden, and even the impact science has on their families and pets. The knowledge gained in this course will help garner a new appreciation for the science applications already around us and how to interpret the strengths and weaknesses of
In this course, students will explore the impact of creative expression on cultures from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. By studying examples from the arts and humanities, students investigate how humans have the potential to shape history. Students develop skills to evaluate and analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply these skills to their career goals, community, and daily experience.
Any College Composition course
In this course, students develop sound ethical
reasoning and judgment through the study of practical
applications of ethical theories. Topics studied include ethics
as it relates to business, health care, society, and the
environment. Emphasis is on practical applications of ethical
principles and analytical methods.
This course is a survey of human social and cultural life through an introduction to humanist theories and historical subject matter. Beginning with village settlement and the rise of cities and ending with the development of modern nations, students study the expression of human ideas and traditions through material and nonmaterial culture. Through readings and discussions, students are introduced to humanist studies and learn to appreciate cultural continuity and change as defining characteristics of the human experience.
This course covers topics of algebra,
including linear functions, equations, and inequalities, systems
of equations in two variables, polynomial functions, rational and
radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic
functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and
Students will improve their background in
mathematical concepts and skills utilizing real-world scenarios
to solve math problems. Students will also enhance their own
knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret
concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. The topics may
include sets, variables, measurement, and
Being able to communicate effectively in an
information-based and globally connected society is a necessary
and vital part of all professions. This course introduces basic
communication skills, why intended messages often get
misunderstood, how linguistic, cultural, gender, and social
differences impact communication, and how to effectively and
ethically use technology as a communication tool. Students will
be introduced to the knowledge and skills necessary to understand
communication and to effectively communicate in both professional
and personal applications.
Total Program Credits: 180
This course focuses on the nature of
communication and conflict in interpersonal and organizational
contexts. Students learn to apply theories of conflict and
conflict resolution with an emphasis on ways to manage conflict
in order to create more productive and satisfying interpersonal
and professional relationships.
This course helps students apply tools of
informal logic and critical thinking to practical situations they
encounter in everyday life. Students will learn how to use
methods of critical thinking to evaluate arguments, claims, and
strategies for constructing sound arguments. They will also learn
how to identify and respond to faulty or manipulative reasoning
in their own thinking and arguments and in the thinking and
arguments of others. In addition, students will assess the
reasoning found in mass media (such as websites, advertisements,
and newspapers). Finally, students will apply the concepts they
study to real-world issues of personal and professional
This course serves as an introduction to collecting, organizing and summarizing, and analyzing data using statistical software. Topics
include basic terminology,
measurement, sampling procedures,
graphical and numerical descriptions
of data, basic probability, and making inferences from a sample to the population. Statistical software is provided in the course and extensive use of that software is
required. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.
This is an introductory-level course in which
students investigate the fundamental concepts of nutrition: food
sources, nutrient function, digestion, absorption, and
metabolism. Special attention is given to learning to apply
nutritional principles to food choices in a way that encourages a
healthy lifestyle. Students will learn how nutritional needs
change from infancy through adulthood, including pregnancy and
the senior stages of life.
This course provides a broad introduction to
the field of psychology, one of the social sciences. Students
will be introduced to a range of topics that offer insight into
human thought and actions, including what motivate us to study
human behavior, ethical decisions, problem solving, and theories
on memory, learning, intelligence, and personality. This course
will highlight the use of critical thinking and the application
of the concepts. In addition, it will draw on practical
psychological concepts related to students' personal and
This course examines how gender shapes the experience of women in their social, political, and professional roles. The exploration includes the impact of class, religion, race, and ethnicity on gender roles and expectations for women from colonial times through the present day. Additionally, students will explore the cultural influence of women throughout American history, including contributions of women to philosophy, literature, and art. Throughout the course, students will investigate themes of continuity and change in the lives of American women.
This capstone course is the culminating
experience for the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies. This
course builds on the concepts of all the courses students have
taken within the program of study. The capstone course provides
students with the opportunity to integrate and synthesize the
knowledge and skills acquired throughout their coursework in an
original comprehensive project, and to assess their level of
mastery of the stated outcomes of their degree
Last term or permission of the
Total Program Credits: 180
Total Program Credits: 90
*Comparability is determined by a course-by-course examination of the prior associate's or bachelor's degree against the core requirements of a Kaplan University associate’s degree.
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
Total Program Credits: 90
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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Kaplan University Learning Center students will only complete a portion of this program on site. You will need to complete at least 50% of the program requirements online, or through transfer credit awarded via prior learning assessment. If you have any questions about these requirements, please speak with an admissions advisor.
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* Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
† Associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and credits considered to be remedial, occupational, or specialized may not be accepted for transfer. Average completion time based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete. Refer to the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit policy.