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To stand out in today’s job market, you need to develop a variety of skills and basic knowledge of your chosen field. That’s why our Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies degree allows you to choose a combination of courses from several disciplines. This online program 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.
A concentration in leadership is also available within the Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies program and is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills to lead others in diverse settings.
The liberal studies program applies to a wide variety of possible careers because of the focus on practical application and flexibility in selecting major elective courses. This makes for a customizable degree plan based on your career and professional interests. 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.
Developing specialized skills in a specific area of liberal studies may set you apart from other applicants in today's competitive job market.* Customize your curriculum with leadership concentration, which is designed to prepare you with knowledge and skills to lead others in diverse settings. Courses examine organizational behavior, conflict management and team dynamics, strategic communication, and leadership in practice.
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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 of advertising, public relations, human resources, law, criminal justice, health care, social services, business management, marketing, and more.*
Students are able to choose their own major elective courses from a wide variety of focus areas. This provides greater flexibility and allows students to play an active role in choosing a courses that support a specific interest. This degree is also an excellent choice for military students, students with transfer credit, and students with experiential learning credit, as the degree plan allows greater flexibility in applying transfer credit toward program requirements.
Interested in continuing on to pursue a graduate degree? Our flexible degree pathways allow you to work toward any of the following Kaplan University master’s degrees while you earn your bachelor’s degree:
Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak to an Education Advisor for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.
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Jun 07, 2017
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Jul 05, 2017
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Aug 02, 2017
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
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 and working constructively with colleagues.
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.
Any college composition course
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.
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.
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 studentsa 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.
Fundamentals of Microbiology will review basic microbial cell structure, function, and genetics. The role of microorganisms and their effect 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 information streaming in from various sources.
As a human, you have the unique ability to appreciate beauty. This course will help you to discover human potential as expressed through the arts and humanities. In this course, you will evaluate the impact of creative expression on cultures by studying examples from the humanities disciplines. You will investigate how creative expressions broaden perspective. As an arts and humanities student, you will analyze forms of creative expression, and discover how to apply this new found insight to your career goals, community, and daily experience.
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.
In this course you will be introduced to the humanities through a survey of human social and cultural life in a global setting. By investigating the social, artistic, religious, and economic developments of countries throughout the world, you will better understand each country’s cultural identity as well as begin 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 with two variables, polynomial functions, rational and radical equations and inequalities, exponential and logarithmic functions, ratios, proportions, variation, and graphing.
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 statistics.
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 significance.
Any college composition course
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 required in this course and used extensively. The course focuses on “thinking with” statistics rather than “computing” statistics.
MM 150 or higher
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 motivates 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 professional relationships.
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 1848 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 from the
Total Program Credits: 180
This course focuses on strategic communication in a variety of contexts. You will explore the fundamentals of effective strategic communication including self-awareness, critical thinking, and the application of ethical standards. The concepts of crafting an effective message, professional communication, and leadership will be applied. In this class, you will develop strategic communication for diverse audiences.
Total Program Credits: 180
Concentration courses are completed within the major requirements of the degree plan.
This course examines leadership theory and practice, focusing on elements such as effective leadership behavior, the differences between leadership and management, leading change, and how leadership impacts people and systems in a continually changing global and virtual environment.
This course explores human behavior in organizations. You will examine individual behavior, attitudes, personality, values, perception, and emotions and how these affect organization outcomes. The course also examines the theories, concepts, and application of motivation as well as the importance of stress management, professional ethics, and organizational culture. You will gain an understanding and appreciation for communication processes, channels, and styles. You will also gain a set of organizational design tools.
This course addresses team dynamics of organizations in an increasingly complex work environment. Group behavior, team building, and decision making are examined. Theories and issues of leadership as well as the implications of power, politics, and conflict in the workplace are discussed. There is an emphasis on the development of a better understanding of individual and group interactions and the components and styles of effective negotiation. A greater appreciation of organizational culture and diversity, and an understanding of managing change is applied to real-world scenarios.
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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